Monday, June 16, 2014

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and the rest of the California State Assembly adjourned in the memory of baseball legend Tony Gwynn following his untimely death from cancer. Gwynn was 54 years old. Assemblymember Holden, who knew Gwynn during his high school years and as a classmate at San Diego State University, remembered Gwynn as much more than a baseball player, “The one word that I would say best describes Tony Gwynn is…loyal. He was a loyal teammate. He was a loyal friend. And he was a loyal husband.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sacramento – Including President Barack Obama in California textbooks seems like a no-brainer. But, it’s not necessarily so. That’s why Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation would include recognizing the historical significance of President Obama as the first African American President.

AB 1912 had its first hearing in Senate Education Committee today and unanimously passed with bipartisan support and a vote of 7 to 0.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (Pasadena) bill to increase fines for dumping and vandalism in Southern California’s natural spaces and outdoor recreation areas has been approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. 

AB 1767 raises the fines for dumping, vandalism or destroying property on Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy properties to $1,500.  The bill also increases fines ($750 maximum) for infractions such as ignoring red flag warnings or allowing off-leash dogs in protected lands. 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.  

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.