Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sacramento – After years of legislative effort, Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s landmark legislation to increase college opportunity for thousands of California high school students will go into effect January 1.

Governor Brown today signed Holden’s AB 288 College and Career Access Pathways Act to allow high school students, especially those in underserved communities, greater access to college courses and career tech classes at both high school and college campuses.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sacramento - Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden's bill (AB 15) to ensure justice for victims of human rights abuses was signed into law today by Governor Brown.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sacramento - Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden's bill (AB 1097) to allow for electronic contracts that will provide more consumer protections over paper contracts has been signed into law by Governor Brown.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sacramento – Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s measure to promote a college-going culture for underserved high school students today cleared its final legislative hurdle and is now headed for the Governor’s desk.

AB 288-Concurrent Enrollment promises expanded offerings for high school students, allowing them to take more college courses, and be introduced to college-level coursework both on a high school campus and at a community college.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Sacramento – After years of legislative efforts, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has successfully authored landmark legislation to expand Concurrent Enrollment.

The Senate today voted overwhelmingly in favor of this historic measure that will allow thousands of low income, non-traditional high school students across California to be able to attend community college in order to get a head start.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bill Extends Statute of Limitations on Human Trafficking

Sacramento – Assembly Majority Leader Holden’s bill to ensure justice for victims of human rights abuses moved a step closer to reality today. The Senate voted unanimously in support of Holden’s AB 15 to extend the statute of limitations for human trafficking and other abuse cases to ten years. Currently, California has a two-year statute of limitations, which is often too short to gather evidence to ensure victims get a fair trial.

“I think it’s important to understand that victims of human trafficking and other abuses often suffer mental and physical problems that prevent them from filing these cases quickly,” said Assemblymember Holden. ”Because of that, many of these crimes are never prosecuted and the horrific abuses continue. Survivors of these abuses face unique obstacles to bringing their suit and it often takes many years for them to find their way out of perilous circumstances.”

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to expand access to mutual water companies’ board meetings through the utilization of modern teleconference and internet streaming has passed the Legislature.

AB 1077 strengthens the Mutual Water Company Open Meeting Act by requiring all shareholders to be guaranteed, at a minimum, the right to teleconference into any meeting and prohibiting the water company’s board from meeting exclusively in executive session.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sacramento - Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s bill to provide property tax relief for California seniors was approved today in the state Senate on a vote of 36 to 0. It now goes to the Governor’s desk for signature.

AB 1378 would allow those over age 55 or the disabled to transfer the base value of their property to a new residence as long as the new house cost less than the old residence’s sale price.

“California seniors are more likely to move multiple times in their retirement years, back to walkable urban cores or to be closer to their own kids. Regardless of why seniors move, AB 1378 ensures that high property tax bills will not endanger the retirement savings of Californians,” explained Assemblymember Holden. “This simple measure will help California seniors on a fixed income, handle the growing cost of housing and do so at a minimal cost to the state.”

Monday, August 31, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s legislation to strengthen franchisees’ legal rights in their dealings with corporate owners has passed both houses of the California Legislature and now goes to Governor Brown for signature.  The vote was 71 to 0.

AB 525 is jointly authored with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Assemblymembers Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) and makes it more difficult for major corporations to terminate franchisee agreements.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sacramento – Legislation by Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) to keep small business franchise owners from being put out of business without good reason passed out of the Senate today on a vote of 34 to 0. AB 525 is jointly authored with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Assemblymembers Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita).

“What it really comes down to is that convenience store owners and fast food restaurateurs and other franchisees who put their life savings on the line will have a greater level of protection from having their contracts arbitrarily taken away,” said Assemblymember Holden. “This groundbreaking legislation is the result of a compromise between all the parties and marks a new future for small business owners who are the backbone of our state’s economy.”