Monday, February 4, 2013

Introduces AB 199 “Choose California Act”

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has introduced a bill to help boost the state’s agricultural economy by putting California’s farmers and ranchers first.

Under AB 199, state-owned or state-run institutions would be required to Choose California farm products. Public institutions – such as public schools, prisons or hospitals – would have to buy agricultural products grown in California before buying from out-of-state suppliers.

Monday, January 28, 2013

(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) said Governor Jerry Brown was poetic in his State of the State Address.  Assemblymember Holden believes that the Governor presented a “clear roadmap” for California’s future and a budget that is “comprehensive and balanced.”  Assemblymember Holden was especially interested in extra funding for struggling school districts with students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Hear more from Assemblymember Holden in this Assembly Access Video. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Governor Brown’s bold vision for the year ahead addresses the challenges the state faces going forward. His “state of the state” speech points out that while California’s economy is coming back, we must get the state’s budget deficit under control or face big problems down the road.  We don’t want to be in the same position five years from now when Prop 30 goes away as we are today – facing large deficits and dramatic cuts to services.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

AB 156 expands wiretapping law to include human trafficking

Sacramento - Human trafficking is a $32 billion dollar a year enterprise and California is one of its top destinations. A growing number of these victims are girls and boys - sometimes as young as 12 or 13 who are brought into California and forced into prostitution. It is a crime both nationally and internationally. But, like drug and arms trafficking, it is one of the most difficult to pursue.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sacramento – California homeowners with mortgage-related headaches will get some relief under a new bill proposed by State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena).  AB 132 would waive the state penalties on early withdrawals from retirement accounts when the funds are used to help stabilize mortgage payments.

As more and more homeowners struggle to pay their mortgages or watch as their home values plunge, they are turning to early distributions from their retirement accounts.  But that can trigger severe tax penalties if the borrower is less than 59 ½ years of age. There is a 10% federal tax penalty and an additional 2.5% state penalty for early withdrawals. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sacramento – Assembly Majority Whip Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) released the following statement on the Governor’s 2013-14 State Budget Proposal:

“The Governor’s proposal marks a defining moment for California’s budget.  For the first time in several years, California is not facing drastic cuts to important services.

I am especially pleased that the Governor’s proposal offers more money for public education, colleges and health care.  These are areas that were severely affected by sharp reductions in funding over the past few years and will welcome the additional money.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sacramento – Assembly Member Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) is pleased to welcome the new class of the prestigious Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program to the Capitol – a class that includes two members from the 41st Assembly District. The Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program is an 11-month program that provides a meaningful work experience and excellent job opportunities in the state Assembly.

"Naima Ford, who has many ties to the 41st Assembly District, will be a great addition to the staff and I am very pleased to have someone from our district working as an Assembly Fellow in the Capitol office," said Assembly Member Holden.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) was today appointed by Assembly Speaker John Perez to several key committees. Holden, who serves as Majority Whip, will also serve on the Appropriations Committee, Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, Labor and Employment Committee and Transportation Committee.

"I am pleased and honored to participate in these important committee assignments to improve the lives of all Californians," said Assemblymember Holden.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) was sworn-in to office, along with 38 other members of the Assembly’s freshman class.  Assemblymember Holden feels blessed and is excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for California.  Assemblymember Holden wants to get Californians working again by spurring economic development and helping small businesses.  Hear more from Assemblymember Holden in this Assembly Access Video. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Member Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) was sworn in today as the representative of the new 41st Assembly District, and the Majority Whip of the Assembly Democratic Caucus. Holden's inaugural legislative effort, introduced today, is a bill addressing economic development and jobs creation. AB 9 notes that California workers and businesses face the harshest economic conditions since the Great Depression. Unemployment in California remains in double digits.