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.
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Sacramento – The Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development and the
Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs held a joint hearing this afternoon to assess the implementation of Proposition 41, to discuss stakeholders' experiences with the first round of funding, and to further explore the process for financing and developing veteran-specific, supportive housing from the developers’ and service providers' perspective.
Sacramento — Today, Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) is calling attention to the recent signing by the Governor of the Hacker-for-Hire Prevention Act (AB 195), which makes it a crime to assist in the solicitation of a hacker to illegally access a computer network, and Data Breach Notification Act (AB 964), which strengthens California’s data breach notification law with a definition for “encryption.”
“AB 195 and AB 964 address some of the greatest privacy threats to Californians posed by 21st century cyber-attacks, including the illegal use of hacker-for-hire services, and weak encryptions standards used by some government and private entities to safeguard our personal information,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau. “These measures strengthen California privacy laws by holding hackers – and those who hire them to commit computer crimes – accountable, and making sure businesses, state and local agencies have strong technological safeguards in place, if our private information is compromised.”
AB 389 Requires Hospitals to Post Language Assistance Policies Online
Sacramento – Today, Governor Jerry Brown continued California’s commitment to language access in health care by signing Assembly Bill (AB) 389 into law. The new law, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) and sponsored by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), directs a general acute hospital to post its language assistance policy for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals online and requires hospital websites to include a notice about the availability of those services in the five most common non-English languages.
“Millions of Californians are not proficient in English, and this law will help them find culturally and linguistically appropriate health care when they need it,” Assemblymember Chau said. “Language barriers can result in serious consequences, such as higher rates of hospitalization, drug complications, and not returning for follow-ups after an emergency room visit. The action taken by the Governor will give all patients the ability to better navigate our hospital system, which will result in improved health outcomes.”
Monterey park — In early July, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed detection of the citrus disease known as huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, in the San Gabriel area of Los Angeles County. This was the second time HLB was detected in California, since 2012. While HLB disease does not pose a threat to humans or animals, it is fatal to citrus trees.
“HLB is a serious plant disease that kills citrus trees and is spread by a psyllid that feeds on citrus tree leaves and stems,” said Assemblymember Chau. “It is important that HLB infected trees be removed to protect other trees, the community’s citrus, and the state’s vibrant commercial citrus industry.”
Sacramento — The Hacker-for-Hire Prevention Act (AB 195) and Data Breach Notification Act (AB 964), by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), passed out of the Legislature today and are awaiting approval by the Governor.
“Cyber security is becoming a growing issue of concern in our society, because of the serious threat it poses to governments, private industries, and individuals,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau. “These common sense measures will hold hackers – and those who hire them to commit computer crimes – accountable, and make sure businesses, state and local agencies have strong technological safeguards in place, if our private information is compromised.”