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.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

AB 139 – Domestic Violence Fees - A Technicality that Makes a Difference

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s AB 139 to strengthen penalties that abusers are required to pay to ensure that more funding is available to Domestic Violence Shelters was unanimously approved today in Senate Public Safety.

AB 139 clears up a technicality in order to provide more funds for local domestic violence shelters. The bill stipulates that the $500 payment imposed upon every individual who is granted probation for a crime of domestic violence is a fee, and not a fine. This clarification is important because the probationer’s fee strengthens the programs available for survivors and their children.

Monday, June 3, 2013

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly has approved several bills by Assemblymember Chris Holden. These bills now move to the Senate for consideration.  In his first legislative session, Assemblymember Holden authored measures to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, streamline programs for small businesses, and encourage state agencies to buy California first.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

AB 250 iHub

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) hopes to expand on the state’s iHub innovation network with a new plan to create economic opportunities for pioneering start-up companies. It’s part of his legislation (AB 250) that was approved with bi-partisan support today in the Assembly on a vote of 63 to 2.

“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.”

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to give active duty military personnel a tax break when they are transferred into California was approved by the state Assembly late Wednesday.  AB 143, the Military Use Tax Exemption, would eliminate use taxes – a type of sales tax – on personal property purchased by an active duty military member who has been transferred into the state.

“It just doesn’t seem fair to tax our active duty military personnel when they are already making so many sacrifices,” explained Assemblymember Holden.  “California is home to nearly 13% of active duty members stationed in the U.S. It just seems the right thing to do to relieve some of the burden for those who may least be able to afford it,” concluded Holden.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sacramento – The Assembly today approved Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) legislation to promote California livestock, vegetables, fruits and nuts.

Under Holden’s AB 199 Choose California Act, state agencies, public schools districts and public colleges would be encouraged to give California agriculture producers priority when purchasing food products.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

AB 72 Municipal Water District Start Dates

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to standardize the start date of newly elected Municipal Water District Directors has been approved by the State Legislature and is now on its way to Governor Brown for signature.  It is the first bill from freshman Assemblymember and Majority Whip Holden (D-Pasadena) to pass the legislative process.

Assemblymember Holden applauded his colleagues’ bipartisan support “for this common sense, good government bill designed to limit the ‘lame duck’ term for outgoing Water District Directors.”  Holden added, “This bill will ensure water districts are able to move swiftly between terms and critical business is not delayed unnecessarily.”

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pasadena – Assemblymember Chris Holden has named Joe Fransen and Awards by Champion as the 41st Assembly District Small Business of the Year.  Fransen will be recognized at ceremonies in Sacramento on June 10.

“I am pleased to recognize Joe Fransen for his dedication and hard work in San Dimas and the San Gabriel Valley,” stated Assemblymember Holden.  “Joe is a success not only because of his business acumen, but because he gives back to the community through the countless hours he contributes in both San Dimas and La Verne.”  

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) released the following statement on Governor Brown's May Revise to the state budget which includes language in a trailer bill that is largely due to Assemblymember Holden's AB 1065 - modifying prison realignment:

"I introduced Assembly Bill 1065 this legislative year because of strong concerns with criminal justice realignment. Assembly Bill 1065 requires individuals released from prison that were previously certified as a mentally disordered offender (MDO) to be subject to state parole supervision instead of post-release community supervision by the county.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sacramento – The Assembly Agriculture Committee today heard testimony on Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to ensure that California fruit, nuts, livestock and vegetables are given priority when it comes to state purchasing.

Under Holden’s AB 199 Choose California Act, state agencies would be required to give California agriculture producers priority when purchasing food products if the price is within 5% of the lowest out-of-state competitor. School districts would have to purchase California grown products as long as they aren’t more expensive than out-of-state products.