(San Francisco, CA) – LGBT, Muslim and gun safety advocates joined state lawmakers in the aftermath of the weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando and the arrest of a heavily armed suspect targeting the Los Angeles Pride Festival to condemn acts of hatred and urge support for a number of gun safety bills scheduled for a key vote in the State Senate tomorrow.
"This act of hate against the LGBT community is beyond comprehension. Americans should not have to worry about the threat of gun violence at school, movie theaters, and nightclubs," said Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco). "The tragedy in Orlando underscores the immediate need for common sense gun safety measures."
Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after last night’s passage of the Budget Conference Committee’s report, which reflected a broad agreement with Governor Brown. The report includes $400 million of funding for affordable housing programs, though the appropriation is contingent upon the Legislature’s passage of the Governor’s “by right” proposal to streamline local housing approvals.
“The funding for affordable housing is a good first step as we work to address the housing crisis that is threatening our economy and pushing so many Californians into poverty. However, much work remains on the Governor’s “by right” proposal to be sure that our communities grow responsibly. I also appreciate that this budget deal has many other benefits for California as we fight to reduce inequality, restore our education system, and invest in child care programs. Our legislative leaders and our Governor deserve credit for keeping our state on sound fiscal footing while making smart investments to help Californians achieve their dreams."
The Legislature expects to vote on the budget by the June 15 deadline.
Sacramento, CA—Five bills by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) that respond to the affordable housing crisis have passed the California State Assembly in advance of this week’s “house of origin” deadline. The bills collectively fund affordable housing, promote innovate approaches to homeownership, protect tenants, protect renters from price gouging during declared disasters, and house chronically homeless Med-Cal recipients.
Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after the Assembly’s passage late yesterday of a significantly amended version of Assembly Bill 2878. The bill authorizes the annual dues for State Bar of California, but this year’s bill also adds reforms to address major issues of governance identified in recent years by the California State Auditor and others. On Monday a previous version of AB 2878 failed on the Assembly Floor by an unprecedented 8-44 vote because the bill did not include reform measures.
Sacramento, CA–The Assembly today approved a measure that would promote more Healthy Nail Salons throughout California. The legislation, Assembly Bill 2125 authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco), requires the California Department of Public health to create guidelines for local governments to voluntarily implement Healthy Nail Salon Recognition programs.
“This bill encourages businesses to voluntarily become healthier nail salons, which will help both their workers and their patrons,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “Nail salons are part of an $8 billion industry in our state, with 80 percent of nail salon workers being Asian immigrants with limited English skills. There shouldn’t be hidden costs to polished nails, and as San Francisco’s healthy nail salon program says, ‘Pretty Shouldn’t Stink.’”
Bills Address the Real Costs of College for Students
Sacramento, CA – The Assembly late yesterday voted to pass three higher education bills that will help address the real cost of college that students must overcome. Tuition is not the only cost of college, as food, housing, transportation, child care and text books are necessary expenditures students must cover to not only complete their courses but to excel in their studies. Financial aid dollars do not stretch far enough when it comes to the day-to-day living expenses for an average student.
AB 2349 by Assemblymember David Chiu Protects California’s Intended Parents’ and Surrogates’ Rights When Litigation Arises in Other States
Sacramento, CA – The Assembly today voted unanimously to pass Assemblymember David Chiu’s Assembly Bill 2349, which would protect parents of children conceived through surrogacy in California – including many same-sex couples who rely on reproductive assistance to form their families – from having their rights violated outside the state.
AB 2349 would clarify that California’s Superior Courts have jurisdiction over parentage cases arising from gestational surrogacy arrangements. This bill would also make clear that when intended parents are using donated gametes (eggs and/or sperm); the names of these donors need not be revealed in their surrogacy contracts.
AB 1574 Requires Increased Coordination between State Agencies
San Francisco, CA—A bill by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to reduce the number of “ghost buses” operating without the knowledge of the state regulatory agency passed the full Assembly today with bipartisan support.
Assembly Bill 1574, which is co-authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties), would require increased coordination between the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to identify unregistered tour buses.
Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) released the following statement on the Assembly’s proposal to invest $650 million in the FY 2016-17 Budget to address California’s affordable housing crisis.
“This funding would be the most significant state investment in affordable housing since the elimination of redevelopment and the loss of billions of crucial dollars each year. Funding affordable housing will help us address poverty in California, which is the highest in the nation when housing costs are included. It’s heartening to see that so many of my colleagues, including Speaker Anthony Rendon, Budget Chair Phil Ting, Budget Subcommittee Chair Adrin Nazarian, are committed to the state’s vital role in building housing that is affordable to our lowest income working families.