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(Sacramento) -  Legislation authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) to give service members a tax break when they are transferred to California has been approved by the state Legislature. Assembly Bill 143, the Military Use Tax Exemption, would eliminate “use tax” – a type of sales tax – on personal property purchased by an active duty military member who has been transferred into the state. After AB 143 was approved by the Legislature, Assemblymember Holden was interviewed by Kitty O’Neal on KFBK Radio’s Afternoon News.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to expand on the state’s iHub innovation network by creating economic opportunities for pioneering start-up companies has been approved by the state Legislature and now goes to the Governor for signature.

“We want to put California in a position to cultivate and incubate young companies that are developing new technologies that will promote conservation and other public policy goals,” explained Assemblymember Holden. “Establishing the iHub Accelerator Fund will allow the state to compete for grant funding from the federal government, private sector and foundations to encourage innovation.”

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) joined his colleagues for a special ceremony on the Assembly floor to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Assemblymember Holden said during the cermony, “The March was a highlight of the civil rights movement, not only because of Dr. King’s speech but because of the people it brought together.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

There could financial relief on the way for military members living in California.

Assemblyman Chris Holden’s legislation to give service members a tax break when they are transferred to California has been approved by the state Legislature and now goes to Governor Brown for signature. Joining us to talk about the bill is Assemblyman Chris Holden.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The state of California Legislature has unanimously passed a bill to improve the state’s program for small business loans.

Assembly Bill 201, introduced by Pasadena Democrat Chris Holden, requires the Office of Small Business Advocate to include information on its website about the state’s Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, including facts on direct lending and disaster loans. The advocate is part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, known as GO-Biz, and linking the lending information with that department could raise the loan program’s profile for businesses.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden's AB 139 which strengthens penalties that abusers are required to pay to ensure more funding for Domestic Violence Shelters was signed into law by Governor Brown today.

"I am grateful to the Governor for signing this important bill that will help make resources available to women and children fleeing violent situations," said Assemblymember Holden (D-Pasadena). "The nation's first modern, women's shelter opened in my district in Pasadena, in 1964 offering a refuge for women who had been physically and emotionally abused. Fully funding domestic violence shelters such as Haven House is critical and provides a safety net for those who live in fear."

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sacramento - Assemblymember Chris Holden's (D-Pasadena) legislation to make the Small Business Loan Guarantee program more accessible and userSacramento - Assemblymember Chris Holden's (D-Pasadena) legislation to make the Small Business Loan Guarantee program more accessible and user friendly has been approved in the Legislature and now goes to Governor Brown for signature.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) legislation to promote California’s agricultural economy was overwhelmingly approved today in the Senate Governmental Organization Committee.

AB 199 requires California state agencies to purchase agricultural products from California companies if the price is equal to or less than the lowest out-of-state company. AB 199 also encourages all public schools, school districts, and public colleges to purchase agricultural products within the state.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s AB 139 which strengthens penalties that abusers are required to pay to ensure more funding for Domestic Violence Shelters has been formally approved in the State Legislature following concurrence vote today in the Assembly.  The measure now goes to the Governor for signature.

AB 139 clears up a technicality in order to provide more funds for local domestic violence shelters. The bill stipulates that those convicted of domestic violence must pay a minimum $500 fee – not a fine – after they are granted probation. This clarification is important because it would clear up confusion over the $500 payment and ensure funding for local domestic violence programs.

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The California Legislative Black Caucus and a state lawmaker are calling for a boycott of Florida to protest the not-guilty verdict of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) is drafting a joint resolution on behalf of the CLBC encouraging all organizations, businesses, and families who would normally do business with or travel to Florida to reconsider their choice of the Sunshine State.  Holden and the CLBC are hoping the resolution will help put an end to stand-your-ground laws in states like Florida where Martin was shot.

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