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Governor Brown Signs Legislation Expanding Pharmacy Access to Lifesaving Overdose Reversal Drug

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SACRAMENTO, CA— Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced that Governor Jerry Brown has signed his bill, AB 1535, to greatly expand access to the opiate overdose reversal medicine naloxone at pharmacies throughout the state.

“This is a major victory in our efforts to combat the rising rate of overdose fatalities not only in California, but across the country,” said Bloom.  “The overdose crisis is one of the country’s most serious health problems and this new law will give us another tool to help combat this epidemic.”

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Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s Ban on Plastic Microbeads Clears Senate Policy Committees

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SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, legislation authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) to phase-out the use of micro-plastic beads in personal care products was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, AB 1699, will prohibit the use of environmentally hazardous microbeads in personal care products starting in 2019. Last week, the bill passed out of Senate Environmental Quality Committee on a 5-2 vote last week. It was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 5-2 vote.

“Microbeads are a significant part of the debris accumulating in the Pacific Ocean and are also found at alarming levels in our local waterways,” said Bloom.  “We have no choice but to eliminate this pollution at the source.  Waiting will only compound the problem and the price of cleaning up.”

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Assemblymember Bloom Introduces Resolution for Veterans Discharged Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

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SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) introduced Assembly Joint Resolution  44 urging the federal government to create a more efficient process for upgrading the statuses of those who have been “dishonorably” or “other than honorably” discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States on the basis of their sexual orientation. The resolution calls upon the Department of Defense, the President and Congress to insure that benefits, including applicable spousal benefits, are distributed to those veterans discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

“These veterans, having endured discrimination and expulsion due to their sexual orientation, have waited too long for their benefits,” said Assemblymember Bloom.  “Now is the time to recognize and honor their contributions to the safety and protection of our country.”

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Assemblymember Bloom Honors Local Small Business Leaders

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SACRAMENTO –Yesterday, Assemblymember Richard Bloom honored brothers Berhanu and Getahun Asfaw, two local small business owners in the City of Los Angeles, at California Small Business Day 2014.  Each year, the state Legislature and small business organizations host this event to celebrate the contributions that small businesses make to California’s economy.  This year’s honorees, Berhanu and Getahun Asfaw, are the proud owners of Messob, an Ethiopian restaurant in Assemblymember Bloom’s district.

“I am honored to recognize Berhanu and Getahun Asfaw for their success as small business leaders,” Assemblymember Bloom stated, “Small businesses are the heart of our communities.  The Asfaw brothers exemplify this, building a strong business that reflects their love for their culture and for their neighborhood.”

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Assemblymember Bloom Responds to the Passage of 2014-15 State Budget Act

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SACRAMENTO – After six months of deliberations which included nearly 100 committee hearings, the state Legislature finally passed the 2014-15 State Budget late Sunday evening.  The $108 billion spending plan, which passed the Legislature balanced and on-time for the third consecutive year, passed the Assembly and Senate on a nearly partisan vote of 55-24 and 25-11, respectively.  

“This budget builds upon the positive gains from last year by placing a high priority on eliminating debt created over the last decade, making significant investment in K-12 education, and beginning to restore the services that protect our most vulnerable populations.  We have the tools in place to provide budget stability for many years to come so in that regards, we are definitely a step closer to where we need to be,” said Assemblymember Bloom, who served not only on the Assembly Budget Committee but was a special appointee by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to serve on the Budget Conference Committee, a bi-cameral committee that negotiated with the Governor on many elements of the proposal.

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Assemblymember Bloom’s Redevelopment Fix Clears Assembly

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SACRAMENTO – Today, legislation by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that could free up nearly $750 million in redevelopment agency proceeds for numerous cities around the state passed the Assembly Floor.  The bill, AB 2493, which would release funds that have been held hostage by the state since redevelopment agencies were dissolved in 2011.

“When the Legislature and Governor stripped redevelopment agencies away from cities in 2011, we lost a major tool in fighting blight and reinvigorating our local economies,” said Bloom.  “Worst of all, many cities like West Hollywood and Santa Monica were in the middle of moving major projects forward when the state withheld their funds.  This bill will allow us to get back on track with important economic development projects overwhelmingly supported by the local electorate.”

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Assemblymember Bloom's Redevelopment Fix Passes Key Committee

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SACRAMENTO – This week, the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development approved AB 2493, a bill by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that would allow free up approximately $750 million in redevelopment proceeds statewide that have been held hostage by the state since redevelopment agencies were dissolved in 2011.

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Bill to Ban Dangerous Rodent Poison in Sensitive Areas Passes Committee

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SACRAMENTO – Legislation that would ban the use of second generation-anticoagulant rodenticides in wildlife habitat areas such as State and National Parks, State and Federal Wildlife refuges and state conservancies passed a key legislative committee yesterday. The bill, AB 2657, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), is an augmentation of a recent regulation promulgated by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) that seeks to eliminate the over-the-counter retail sales of the chemicals.

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Assemblymember Bloom’s Redevelopment Fix Passes First Committee

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SACRAMENTO – This week, the Assembly Committee on Local Government approved AB 2493, a bill by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that would allow free up approximately $750 million in redevelopment proceeds statewide that have been held hostage by the state since redevelopment agencies were dissolved in 2011.

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