Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) had ten bills approved by the Assembly this week as the deadline for getting bills out of their house of origin approached. The bills include measures to help the long-term unemployed, increase penalties for vandalism in our parklands and collect information on California’s truancy crisis.

AB 1451 Concurrent Enrollment: expands opportunities for high school students to take college courses or vocational classes in community colleges by offering career technical education, career pathways, dropout prevention.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to extend California’s wiretapping “sunset” date for an additional five years was unanimously approved 75 to 0 on the Assembly floor late Tuesday.

“With the evolution of the digital age, lawbreakers have become more clever and better organized, especially when it comes to drug and arms trafficking,” stated Assemblymember Holden.  “That’s why it’s so important that law enforcement officials have an equally sophisticated response. By extending the sunset date, we’ll give our law enforcement teams additional tools to keep our communities safe.”

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

AB 1586 Expands State Hiring Priorities for Unemployed & AB 1921 Transparency in Contracts

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden's bills to put more Californians to work and provide transparency in government contracts have passed the Assembly.

AB 1586 is a workforce development bill that would move unemployed Californians to the front of the hiring line by requiring certain state contractors to give priority to workers who are currently receiving unemployment benefits or to workers that have exhausted their unemployment benefits.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to help school districts and counties collect and evaluate information on California’s truancy crisis has been approved in the Assembly.

Holden’s AB 1672 is part of a package of truancy bills sponsored by the Attorney General’s office to address the reasons behind chronic absences in elementary school. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

AB 1566

Sacramento - Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill (D-Pasadena) to combat the growing problem of kitchen grease theft has passed by unanimous vote in the Assembly and now heads to the Senate. 

“Restaurants are finding that their used kitchen grease is a hot commodity that has sparked grease wars in a battle over who can cash in on the ‘liquid gold’ that is then converted into biodiesel fuel,” explained Assemblymember Holden.  “This bill closes a loophole in enforcement code that will make it easier to stop the bad players.” 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pasadena – “As you prepare for the holiday weekend and time with family and friends, I want to encourage you to think safety first,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “The California Highway Patrol will be out in force beginning Friday and they advise drivers to leave early to allow additional time, don’t drink and drive, and obey the speed limit.”

“Enjoy your time celebrating this holiday weekend, just be smart about what you do when the celebration is over,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Whether you are with your friends or enjoying a celebratory event, designate a sober driver ahead of time, or call a taxi to make sure you get home safely.”

Monday, May 12, 2014

“Congratulations to Toni G. Atkins, Madame Speaker, as she is sworn in as the 69th Speaker of the California State Assembly. 

Speaker Atkins has proven to be a true leader and as proof of that, Assemblymembers on both sides of the aisle joined in voting for her.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sacramento - Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill (AB 1767) to ensure Southern California’s natural spaces and outdoor recreation areas will be enjoyed by Californians for generations to come, has been approved in the Assembly.

AB 1767 would increase the maximum fine for dumping, vandalism or destroying property on Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy properties to $1,500 and would increase the fine for infractions to not more than $750. Because state bonds used to fund much of the SMMC cannot be used for maintenance, the bill would require that the fines be used to pay the costs of any repairs or clean up related to those violations  

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to expand pathways for high school students who want to pursue college courses or career tech classes was approved today in Assembly Education Committee on a vote of 4 to 0.

AB 1451 Concurrent Enrollment would expand and encourage opportunities for high school students who are capable of advanced scholastic or vocational work to enroll in community college courses. It would also encourage students who need additional help passing the California High School Exit Exam and students who traditionally do not attend college, but would like to see if it’s the right path for them.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

AB 1586 and AB 1921

Sacramento – The Assembly Accountability Committee has approved legislation authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), to move long-term unemployed workers to the front of the job line when it comes to state contracts.

AB 1586 will require state contractors to give priority hiring to those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits or who live in high unemployment areas. The bill applies to public service contracts of more than $200,000.  It passed on a vote of 10 – 3.