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Sacramento: Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announce a landmark deal between the Assembly Democrats, Coalition of Franchisee Associations, SEIU, and the International Franchise Association to develop a Franchisee Bill of Rights to provide more protection to franchise operators who fear losing their businesses to powerful franchise corporations. This deal marks the first of its kind that the International Franchise Association has agreed to.
“The Franchise Bill of Rights represents a strong departure from the weak protections that allow small business owners to lose out on their life savings for minor violations,” said Assemblymember Holden (D-Pasadena). “This precedent setting measure marks a new future for the backbone of our economy: small businesses.”
(Pasadena, CA) - Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) hosted a "Help
Out…We're in a Drought" community meeting recently to discuss the severity of the drought, the
water restrictions being implemented and water conservation techniques everyone can use to reduce
water use. Local and state water officials, area business leaders and a large crowd filled the
Kidspace Children's Museum courtyard for the event. "Every sector of our economy and region of our
state must do more to conserve now," said Assemblymember Holden. "This briefing is designed to
provide you and your family with helpful tools and actions that you can take immediately to
conserve water." Here's more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/holden
AB 252 STEM Classes - AB 1378 Senior Property Tax Break
Sacramento – Two bills authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) advanced today in Senate Committees.
Faced with a lack of diversity in science and math classes, AB 252 would establish a grant program to help school districts meet the costs associated with creating Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The bill passed out of Senate Education today on a vote of 6 to 1.
Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill (AB 915) to remove outdated travel restrictions on public school employees.
Existing law prohibits classified and certificated employees, who are on leave, and receiving workers’ compensation, from traveling outside the state unless the governing board approves the travel. AB 915 repeals that prohibition for K-12 and community college employees.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to provide high school students with access to community colleges for college level coursework, career tech education or to help high school students improve their college readiness has been approved in the Senate Education Committee.
AB 288 would create a partnership between high schools and community colleges to allow a broader range of students to take college-level courses at their high schools or on college campuses – what is known as concurrent or dual enrollment. It would increase the number of classes students could take and gives limited priority enrollment to those students.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) legislation to protect the rights of small business franchise owners has been approved in Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. The vote was 6 to 1 in favor.
AB 525 makes it more difficult for major chains to unfairly terminate their franchise operators. The measure will update the current vague and one-sided law to close loopholes and prohibit a corporation from closing a franchise business unless there has been a substantial violation of the contract, the law or local regulations. It also allows franchisees to keep the equity they invested in the event of termination and sell the business to a qualified new owner.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) released the following statement on today’s passage of a final budget for the 2015-16 year. It now goes to Governor Brown for signature before going into effect July 1.
“Making the first meaningful steps to reinvest in California since the recession, the Legislature today gave final approval to the 2015-16 budget bills. Thanks to the state’s growing economy our education system was a primary beneficiary. This budget invests $14 billion more than last year in California’s K-12 and community college systems.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena)bill to regulate Buy Here, PayHere car lots has been approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Under AB 265, Buy Here, Pay Here dealerships must provide a 5 to 10-day notification period before a remote kill device can be used to disable a car for lack of payment. Current law requires only a 48 hour warning before a car can be disabled due to late payments, or insurance cancellation or even a clerical error. The consequences can be disastrous.
As Gov. Jerry Brown (right) enters the Assembly chambers for a swearing-in ceremony in December of 2014, he shakes hands with Pasadena native and state Assemblyman Chris Holden, while Chris’ father, Nate, looks on. Brown has worked with each of the Holdens during his two terms as governor (Nate was a state senator in 1974-78).
The nasty side of politics includes forgotten promises, backroom deals and leaders pushing personal agendas, even when it means pushing constituents into harm’s way.
But local politician Chris Holden’s first-hand knowledge of those types of dealings didn’t come from the state Assembly floor, where he serves today. The son of a longtime local politician, he learned those lessons the hard way on the hardwood, when politics pushed the big man to the back of the bench.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) released the following statement on passage of the state budget this afternoon:
“In the wake of the recession, this budget continues the work of rebuilding our state. I am encouraged to see that schools are the primary beneficiary of our improving economy. The budget passed today includes an additional $8.2 billion for K-12 education.
There is also an additional $107 million for Cal State University and $25 million for the University of California. This comes on top of the $120 million proposed by the Governor.