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.


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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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pasadena – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) – with the backing of the California Legislative Black Caucus - said he would introduce a Resolution calling for a repeal of Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law and urging a boycott of Florida in the wake of the not guilty verdict in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. 

“When I heard the verdict last weekend, I was disappointed and saddened.  Another young black child is dead and nobody is being held accountable,” said Assemblymember Holden.  “It is a true nightmare scenario for every black parent in America, and a sad commentary on racial injustice in this country.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s AB 139 to strengthen penalties that abusers are required to pay to ensure more funding for Domestic Violence Shelters, passed the Senate today on a unanimous vote. 

“The nation’s first modern, women's shelter opened in my district in Pasadena, in 1964. Forty-nine years later, Haven House continues to provide a refuge for women and children who have been physically and emotionally abused,” said Assemblymember Holden (D-Pasadena). “That’s why I believe this bill is so important - fully funding of domestic violence shelters is critical and provides a safety net for those who live in fear.”

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

“History was made today.  I commend the Supreme Court for standing up for equality under the law and affirming the rights of Californians to marry the person they love.  I am especially happy for my LGBT friends in California, who are no longer subject to the unfair restrictions of Proposition 8 and now have the same rights and protections as my own marriage.

I applaud the Court’s decision to hold the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, no longer forcing some married couples to be viewed differently under state and federal law. This is a great day for our state, our nation and the values of liberty and equality that we all hold so dear.”

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

2013 Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony

Veteran of the Year 2013

Assemblymember Holden honors Nathan Kemnitz an Iraqi War Veteran at the State Capitol Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony on June 26, 2013

Sacramento – “Throughout the history of the United States, ordinary men and women have been inspired to do extraordinary things for this country.  Nathan Kemnitz is one of those ordinary men whose heroic deeds we honor today,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

“I am disappointed by today’s Supreme Court Decision to invalidate the formula used to assess states’ and counties’ application of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  The Court focused its decision on the fact that the “racial gap in turnout” had been reduced in states subject to oversight since the 1980’s.

I believe this is evidence that the Voting Rights Act has been working as intended and should have been left alone.  The court’s dissent noted that 700 state and local voting changes were rejected by the Department of Justice between 1982 and 2006—strong evidence that the coverage formula and federal oversight has averted minority voter suppression of various forms.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

AB 72 – Water District Directors

Sacramento - Water District Directors has been signed by Governor Brown.  It is the first bill from freshman Assemblymember and Majority Whip Holden (D-Pasadena) to be signed into law and goes into effect January 1, 2014.

“I appreciate Governor Brown’s support for this good government measure and applaud the overwhelming bi-partisan support for the bill shown by my colleagues in both the Assembly and the Senate,” Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to standardize the start date of newly elected Municipal stated Assemblymember Holden. “This bill will ensure water districts are able to move swiftly between terms and critical business is not delayed unnecessarily.”

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sacramento - 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 Senate Government Organization Committee.

“At a time when California is striving to rebound from a long recession, this program can play a pivotal role in making much needed capital more accessible to thousands of small businesses so they can expand, create new jobs, and save the jobs of existing employees,” stated Assemblymember Holden.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sacramento – At an awards ceremony in Sacramento today, Awards by Champion owner Joe Fransen was named Small Business honoree for the 41st Assembly District.  Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) selected Fransen for his contributions to the San Dimas business community and his many years of public service.