Monday, June 1, 2015

Sacramento – The Assembly has overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) that would give California seniors a break on property taxes when they sell their home.

Holden’s AB 1378 would allow those over age 55 or the disabled to transfer the base value of their property to a new residence as long as the new house was in the same county and cost less than the old residence’s sale price. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sacramento – The Assembly today unanimously approved Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) measure to reduce barriers to higher education.  The bill would create a partnership between high schools and community colleges to allow students to take college-level courses at their high schools or on community college campuses. The vote was 75 to 0. 

Holden’s bi-partisan legislation (AB 288) on what’s known as concurrent or dual enrollment calls for increasing the number of college classes students can take from 11 to 15 units. It also offers opportunity for technical career classes that can potentially lead to a job.  And, it provides for remedial courses and college level coursework to prepare students for college life.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sacramento – Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s education bills to expand opportunities for students in underserved communities came off the Assembly suspense file today. The bills – AB 288 Concurrent Enrollment and AB 252 Advanced Placement - S.T.E.M. now move to the Assembly floor for a vote next week.

“These two measures could provide much-needed opportunity for expanding California students’ access to higher education and providing access to science, technology, engineering and  math courses,” stated Assemblymember Holden. “Increasing opportunity to take AP courses in the STEM fields, especially for underrepresented minority students, ensures that California’s workforce will be diverse and well-prepared for the developments that spur technology.”

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bill would allow older taxpayers to downsize their property without tax penalty

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s AB 1378 to provide property tax relief for California seniors has been approved in Assembly Business & Professions Committee.  The measure would expand eligibility for when seniors sell or downsize by allowing both spouses to retain their own separate tax claims for transfer of a principal residence. 

Currently, California seniors over 55 and disabled adults are permitted to transfer the assessed value of their present home to a new home – but only one spouse or partner can claim the tax transfer.  AB 1378 ensures both property owners in a recognized partnership are entitled to the base tax transfer.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sacramento - Assemblymember Chris Holden's (D-Pasadena) bill to expand the time limit for filing human rights claims from two to ten years in cases of torture, war crimes, genocide and human trafficking was unanimously approved in the Assembly Thursday. AB 15 extends the statute of limitations to bring California law into line with federal law

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) released the following statement on Governor Brown’s revised budget plan:

“As California’s economic outlook continues to improve, Governor Brown’s revised budget recognizes the need to provide additional funding for public education and California’s low-income wage earners. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sacramento – Franchisees in California are one step closer to being treated as the small business owners that they are, and not employees, now that Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill, AB 525, has passed off the Assembly Floor with a bipartisan vote of 54 to 10. The measure, jointly authored with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Assemblymembers Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), now goes to the Senate. 

AB 525 would provide franchisee small business owners a greater level of protection from having their franchise contract arbitrarily terminated by adopting a “substantial compliance” standard for termination. This standard says franchise owners are making an honest effort to comply with the contract

Thursday, May 7, 2015

AB 1279 - Music Therapy Changing Lives

Sacramento –   Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Music Therapy bill to provide formal recognition to music therapists has been approved in the state Assembly and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

“Music therapy has many benefits for every age from babies to adults,” said Assemblymember Holden. “It can help ill patients recover faster, soothe anxiety, and ease depression. For children with learning and behavioral disorders, it is especially effective. There are several studies to back up the notion that music really is universal.”

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sacramento - As we remember the horrors of the of the Armenian Genocide some 100 years ago and the Nazi Holocaust during World War II, Assemblymember Chris Holden has introduced legislation to extend the statute of limitations for the victims of human rights abuses.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sacramento - Assemblymember Chris Holden's (D-Pasadena) bill to reform the Buy Here, Pay Here used car industry has been unanimously approved in the Assembly and now goes to the Senate for consideration. The vote was 75 to 0.