(Sacramento) – They changed the face of California politics. Assembly Speakers Willie L. Brown, Herb Wesson, Jr. and Karen Bass paved the way for African American leaders in our state and in our nation. Each of these trailblazers led the California State Assembly with their own unique style and stepped up to the challenges that their service demanded. Watch this Assembly Web Report to learn more about California’s history-making and barrier-breaking Black Speakers.
(San Bernardino, CA) – Small businesses create the majority of jobs in the Inland Empire. With that in mind, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) joined other legislators and experts for a special hearing to discuss the small business climate in the Inland Empire; get an update on the regional economic forecast; and discuss ways for Inland Empire businesses to participate in state funding programs. “I think this is a wonderful forum…one of the rare opportunities to hear from all of you and shape that testimony into policies and initiatives that are good for small business owners,” said Assemblymember Holden. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
We recently wrapped-up the 2015 legislative session, and I am pleased to report that we were able to accomplish so much this year, including getting nine of my bills signed into law.
In the final days of the session, we made significant gains that will provide a better quality of life for all Californians.
Environmental goals were the subject of intense debate in the Legislature this session. I supported the landmark climate change bill SB 350 and was glad the Governor signed it. I also supported SB 32 - gas emission reductions. SB 350's passage makes California a global leader in the fight against climate change. We will see the benefits of this legislation for generations to come.
Earlier in the session, I joined my colleagues in increasing public funding for California's public colleges and universities while providing billions more for our kindergarten through high school classrooms.
Another step we took strengthened healthcare and human services by expanding the Medi-Cal program and enacting an Earned Income Tax Credit which will uplift the working poor and their children.
Recognizing the seriousness of the current drought, this year we began appropriating the first part of voter-approved funds contained in the Water Bond for groundwater clean-up, desalination technology and projects to preserve our water supplies.
As the chairman of the Speaker's working group on redevelopment, I was tasked with developing a compromise to protect city budgets while ending years of messy and protracted litigation. Working with local governments from across California, my group came together to produce a fair compromise that provides clarity to the remaining Redevelopment Agency (RDA) dissolution process. Thanks to this compromise measure, cities like Pasadena and San Dimas will be able to retain control of critical city assets, like public parking facilities, and ensure money owed to local governments will be repaid.
All in all, we've accomplished a lot this year, but there is still much to be done. Please read further for details on my 2015 bill package.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden will hold a hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Transportation to discuss timely transportation issues for the region and the state. The hearing Moving Goods, Moving People will includelocal and state government officials and experts who will discuss issues regarding funding solutions, active transportation and managing regional growth.
Sacramento – Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) groundbreaking legislation to protect the investment of small business franchisees by strengthening their legal rights has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Today’s action comes a little more than a year after the Governor vetoed a highly controversial predecessor to this measure, SB 610.
AB 525 protects franchise owners from unreasonable interference by corporations ensuring franchisees can operate their businesses, transfer the franchise to a qualified heir, and renew their contracts. The bill represents a historic compromise between franchise owners, corporate owners, Democratic leaders and labor.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden's (D-Pasadena) bill to expand access to mutual water companies' board meetings through the utilization of modern teleconference and internet streaming was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today.
AB 1077 strengthens the Mutual Water Company Open Meeting Act by requiring all shareholders to be guaranteed, at a minimum, the right to teleconference into any meeting and prohibiting the water company's board from meeting exclusively in executive session.
Sacramento – After years of legislative effort, Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s landmark legislation to increase college opportunity for thousands of California high school students will go into effect January 1.
Governor Brown today signed Holden’s AB 288 College and Career Access Pathways Act to allow high school students, especially those in underserved communities, greater access to college courses and career tech classes at both high school and college campuses.
Sacramento - Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden's bill (AB 1097) to allow for electronic
contracts that will provide more consumer protections over paper contracts has been signed into law
by Governor Brown.
Sacramento – Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s measure to promote a college-going culture for underserved high school students today cleared its final legislative hurdle and is now headed for the Governor’s desk.
AB 288-Concurrent Enrollment promises expanded offerings for high school students, allowing them to take more college courses, and be introduced to college-level coursework both on a high school campus and at a community college.