Sacramento – The Senate Committee on Public Safety approved AB 1662, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which would protect people from 'hit and run' drone accidents by requiring the operators to remain at the scene of an accident and provide their name and address, along with valid identification, to the victim and police.
“As recreational drones become more prevalent, we are going to see more and more accidents that will likely result from human error,” said Assemblymember Chau. “This bill applies the vehicle hit and run laws to drones, since they are just as capable as cars of causing personal injury and property damage when they fall out of the sky or get too close to people.”
The National Weather Service forecasts Southern California to experience extreme temperatures during the summer. Temperatures are expected to reach as high as triple digits in the Los Angeles Region. The excessive heat may cause health related illnesses such as heat strokes and possible power outages throughout Southern California.
Please take these precautionary measures to decrease the risk of heat-related illness.
• Stay hydrated throughout the day.
• Stay indoors if possible.
• Apply sunscreen if you are planning to be outdoors.
• Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas.
• Avoid leaving people or pets in enclosed vehicles.
Should you need a shelter to escape the heat, please check out your local cooling centers throughout the San Gabriel Valley.
Sacramento – The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee approved AB 587, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which creates a tax abatement program for mobile-home owners who cannot transfer title of ownership into their names, due to tax delinquencies incurred by prior owners.
“Mobile-homes provide a substantial amount of the affordable housing in the state, and owners are currently having difficulty transferring title of ownership into their names,” said Assemblymember Chau. “This bill will provide a means of correcting a system which unjustly penalizes current owners for someone else’s debt and provides an adequate means for them to finally achieve proper title of ownership.”
Sacramento – Today, the Assembly approved AB 2536, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which addresses the issue of sexual bullying by requiring the California Department of Education to post information about the issue on the California Healthy Kids Resource Center Internet Website, and by clarifying that sexual bullying is a part of cyberbullying.
“Sexual bullying is a growing problem in our schools," said Assemblymember Chau. “As legislators, it is incumbent upon us to help our students and to provide a safe environment conducive to learning for all.”
Sacramento – Today, the California State Assembly approved AB 1972, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D–Monterey Park), which would allow disabled veterans to receive the Distinguished Veteran Pass, regardless of whether the disability is related to military service during wartime or peacetime. The bill passed the Assembly Floor with a 77-0 vote.
“While we can never properly thank members of our military for all they have done, I believe that those who were disabled during their time of service should receive the benefit of accessing our beautiful state parks at no cost,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau.
Sacramento – Today, the Assembly Committee on Appropriations approved three bills authored by assemblymember Ed Chau (D–Monterey Park). The bills include efforts to increase free access for disabled veterans to state parks, provide schools with the tools necessary to address acts of cyberbullying, which result from sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, and advance privacy protections for consumers whose personal information may have been compromised during a data breach.
“I was pleased to see these bills move forward, because they honor our veterans for their service to our country and also address some of the growing challenges posed by technology, such as cyberbullying and data security,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau.
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.”