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AB 1147 Massage Therapy Act of 2014
Sacramento: Assemblymember Chris Holden today joined Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla and Jimmy Gomez and the League of California Cities in announcing legislation to help regulate massage businesses and the problem of prostitution and human trafficking that has become big business in cities and communities across the state.
“I am pleased to be a joint-author of AB 1147 as we work to professionalize the massage therapy industry and reinforce local control over these businesses,” explained Assemblymember Holden.
Sacramento – It’s no secret that California is facing a serious shortfall of college-educated workers in the coming decades, especially in the areas of science, engineering, technology and math. That’s why Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has joined with the College Board to target high-performing high school students from underserved communities.
Holden’s legislation (AB 1940) to establish a grant program encouraging school districts to provide more Advanced Placement classes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) has been approved in the Assembly Education Committee.
(AB 1767) Passes Key Co.
Sacramento - Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to increase penalties for vandalism and illegal dumping in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was approved late Monday in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.
AB 1767 would increase the maximum fine for dumping, defacing or destroying property on Conservancy properties to $1,500 and would increase the fine for infractions to not more than $750.
(Claremont, CA) – Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is the method of injecting water and chemicals into the ground at very high pressures for the purpose of extracting oil. Fracking is an extremely controversial topic in regards to California’s environment and water supply, and is the topic of much heated debate. California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) wants to clear up speculation about what fracking does, so he hosted a community briefing about the mysterious process in Claremont at Taylor Hall. A local panel of expert geologists, hydrologists and seismic scientists gathered to explain fracking issues and to answer questions. Learn more in this Assembly Access Video.
Sacramento - In the old days of the Wild West it was cattle rustling; today it's used cooking oil that's driving the black market.
"Kitchen grease theft has become big business. Thieves strike in the night, siphon off used grease from the backs of restaurants and sell it on the black market to renderers who turn it into liquid gold - biodiesel fuel," explained Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). ‘This bill will help law enforcement sort out the legitimate companies from the thieves."
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) legislation to give veterans a stronger voice in college leadership was overwhelmingly approved today in the Assembly Higher Education Committee. AB 1557 has solid, bipartisan support - 14 Democrats and Republicans have co-authored the bill.
AB 1557 gives veterans permanent seats on the Board of Governors of the California Community College system by adding a student member who is a veteran or current member of the military. The bill also requires one of the existing 12 board seats to be held by a member or former member of the Armed Forces who has demonstrated expertise and leadership in the field of veterans’ affairs.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden today congratulated Speaker-elect Toni Atkins on making history as the next Speaker of the California State Assembly saying she will do great things for California.
“Today I had the privilege of nominating the new Speaker of the Assembly, Toni Atkins.
Sacramento – At a morning press conference at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) talked about the need for better laws to help cities regulate massage parlors. It has been a hot-button issue for many municipalities struggling to regulate prostitution in their communities.
Assemblymember Holden issued the following statement:
“The state set out to improve the massage therapy industry with the creation of the California Massage Therapy Council in 2009. But the law that created the council has failed to keep out the bad actors and has tied the hands of cities that want to keep illicit massage businesses out of their communities.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden honored South Pasadena human rights activist Kay Mouradian as his “Woman of the Year” during the Women’s History Month celebration at the state Capitol.
Assemblymember Holden recognized professor Mouradian for her efforts to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide. Mouradian has written and co-produced the book and documentary film, My Mother’s Voice, a poignant story of her mother who at age fourteen was one of the millions of Armenians forced to leave their homes in Turkey during the Armenian Genocide.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) today joined Attorney General Kamala Harris and legislative leaders in announcing legislation to tackle the truancy crisis in California.
“I am proud to author a bill that will help more students stay in the classroom and out of the courtroom,” said Assemblymember Holden. “If schools aren’t tracking what students are missing you won’t be able to effectively fix the problem. Second graders are missing school and arriving late for very different reasons than 11th graders. Requiring County Offices of Education to forward the complete reports to the Dept. of Education will allow them to identify trends and find best practices to address this crisis.”