Sacramento – Today, Members of the California State Assembly and the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus joined Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) in co-authoring Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 125, which declares May 2016 as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.
“APIAs have made significant contributions to the history of California and United States,” said Assemblymember Chau. “APIA Heritage Month serves as a time to honor this history and to recognize how APIAs continue to contribute to all aspects of our society.”
Sacramento – Yesterday afternoon, the Assembly Committee on Education approved AB 2536, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which clarifies that sexting, with the purpose or effect of humiliating or harassing a pupil, is a part of cyberbullying and incorporates sexting curriculum as a part of comprehensive sex education programs.
“Many teens who consider sexting normal are not only at risk of facing serious legal consequences, but are also subject to acts of bullying or harassment when their intimate images are taken without their knowledge or disseminated without their consent," said Assemblymember Chau. “This presents a complex challenge to schools as they strive to provide safe environments for learning.”
Sacramento – The Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection recently approved AB 2799, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which would protect the privacy of preschool and pre-kindergarten students on mobile devices and the Internet.
“The upside of using technology in preschools has to be balanced against the serious risk of allowing massive amounts of sensitive data to be collected about our kids," said Assemblymember Ed Chau, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection. "This bill is dedicated to helping kids thrive, while also protecting their private information, by establishing safeguards in place that will clearly limit the use of that data for educational purposes only."
Sacramento – The Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection and the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review held a joint hearing this morning to receive an update from the California Department of Technology (CDT) on its progress in bringing cloud-based software and other IT services to state agencies through California’s first-in-the-nation state-owned cloud program, called CalCloud.
“As the state moves towards using the cloud to store data and run computer systems, it’s crucial that the Legislature keep a close watch on the progress to make sure we are both saving money and improving the security of our state networks,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection. “CalCloud may one day hold the sensitive personal information of nearly all of California’s 38 million residents, and we have a duty, as the elected representatives of California taxpayers, to make sure this gets done right.”
Sacramento – Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), newly appointed Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 2799 (Chau), the Early Learning Privacy Information Protection Act (ELPIPA), to protect the privacy of preschool aged children on mobile devices and the Internet.
“This bill is a logical next step following the Legislature’s passage of landmark student privacy legislation in 2014,” said Assemblymember Chau. “Right now our laws protect children from the moment they enter a kindergarten classroom until they graduate from high school, but our laws don’t protect preschool children who play and learn using technology at home and in the classroom.”
Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), newly appointed Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, today introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 2307, to protect consumers from credit card fraud and identity theft at gas pumps.
“Crime rings in Los Angeles and other parts of California have discovered that slipping credit card skimmers into gas pumps is one of the easiest ways to steal money from people without getting caught,” said Assemblymember Chau. “The police know about the problem, but they need help tracking down the criminals. This bill gives the police the leads and the evidence they need to investigate and stop criminals from stealing credit cards and committing fraud.”
Sacramento – Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), newly appointed Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, today introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1662, to protect people from 'hit and run' drone accidents as recreational drones become more prevalent. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that nearly one million drones were sold during the holiday season.
“When you cause an accident in your car, California law says you have to stay at the scene and give the injured party and the police your identification,” said Assemblymember Chau. “If you lose control of your drone and someone gets hurt – or someone else’s property gets damaged -- then you should have the same duty to go to the scene of the accident, give your name and address, and cooperate with the police.”
Sacramento – Assemblymember Ed Chau (D – Monterey Park) released the following statement upon announcement of the Governor’s 2016-2017 State Budget proposal:
“It’s been a tough road escaping the murky economic scenarios of the past, but when I read about our growing budget reserve and surplus, it is a refreshing sign that California continues to move in the right direction.
Sacramento – State legislators, legal scholars, key academics, industry experts, government liaisons, and consumer representatives convened today for the first hearing of the California State Assembly’s Select Committee on Emerging Technologies. The committee examined the benefits and challenges associated with the commercialization of the IoT and the impact it may have on consumers, state and local governments, and businesses.
Assemblymember Chau: Affordable Housing Crisis is Very Real
(Monterey Park, CA) – In a special legislative briefing for the San Gabriel Valley Press Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) outlined what’s being done to ease the affordable housing crunch and provide an update on his other legislative priorities such as cyber security and language access for Californians of diverse language backgrounds. Assemblymember Chau said two pieces of affordable housing related legislation he wrote were signed by the Governor and he expects the new laws will make it easier for people to find affordable housing. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.