Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill (AB 915) to remove outdated travel restrictions on public school employees.

Existing law prohibits classified and certificated employees, who are on leave, and receiving workers’ compensation, from traveling outside the state unless the governing board approves the travel. AB 915 repeals that prohibition for K-12 and community college employees.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to provide high school students with access to community colleges for college level coursework, career tech education or to help high school students improve their college readiness has been approved in the Senate Education Committee.

AB 288 would create a partnership between high schools and community colleges to allow a broader range of students to take college-level courses at their high schools or on college campuses – what is known as concurrent or dual enrollment. It would increase the number of classes students could take and gives limited priority enrollment to those students.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) legislation to protect the rights of small business franchise owners has been approved in Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. The vote was 6 to 1 in favor.

AB 525 makes it more difficult for major chains to unfairly terminate their franchise operators. The measure will update the current vague and one-sided law to close loopholes and prohibit a corporation from closing a franchise business unless there has been a substantial violation of the contract, the law or local regulations. It also allows franchisees to keep the equity they invested in the event of termination and sell the business to a qualified new owner.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) released the following statement on today’s passage of a final budget for the 2015-16 year.  It now goes to Governor Brown for signature before going into effect July 1.

“Making the first meaningful steps to reinvest in California since the recession, the Legislature today gave final approval to the 2015-16 budget bills. Thanks to the state’s growing economy our education system was a primary beneficiary. This budget invests $14 billion more than last year in California’s K-12 and community college systems.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to regulate Buy Here, Pay Here car lots has been approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Under AB 265, Buy Here, Pay Here dealerships must provide a 5 to 10-day notification period before a remote kill device can be used to disable a car for lack of payment. Current law requires only a 48 hour warning before a car can be disabled due to late payments, or insurance cancellation or even a clerical error. The consequences can be disastrous.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

As Gov. Jerry Brown (right) enters the Assembly chambers for a swearing-in ceremony in December of 2014, he shakes hands with Pasadena native and state Assemblyman Chris Holden, while Chris’ father, Nate, looks on. Brown has worked with each of the Holdens during his two terms as governor (Nate was a state senator in 1974-78).

The nasty side of politics includes forgotten promises, backroom deals and leaders pushing personal agendas, even when it means pushing constituents into harm’s way.

But local politician Chris Holden’s first-hand knowledge of those types of dealings didn’t come from the state Assembly floor, where he serves today. The son of a longtime local politician, he learned those lessons the hard way on the hardwood, when politics pushed the big man to the back of the bench.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) released the following statement on passage of the state budget this afternoon:

“In the wake of the recession, this budget continues the work of rebuilding our state.  I am encouraged to see that schools are the primary beneficiary of our improving economy.  The budget passed today includes an additional $8.2 billion for K-12 education.

There is also an additional $107 million for Cal State University and $25 million for the University of California. This comes on top of the $120 million proposed by the Governor.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sacramento – In a ceremony in Sacramento, Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden honored Claremont resident Andy Dale, owner of Dale Brothers Brewery in Upland as the “Small Business of the Year” for the 41st Assembly District. Andy and his brother and co-owner, Curt  travelled to Sacramento Wednesday to receive their award.

“I am very pleased to recognize the Dale brothers for their dedication to their craft and volunteerism in Claremont, Upland and the surrounding communities,” said Assemblymember Holden.  “They are a success not only for their hard work and dedication to the business, but because they give so much back to their communities with regular fundraisers for charitable organizations.”

Thursday, June 4, 2015

AB 252 Passes Assembly 49 to 12

Sacramento – The Assembly today overwhelmingly approved Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to help students in underserved communities gain access to advanced coursework in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Computer Science classes.

The measure, AB 252, is aimed at increasing the number of minority, female and low income students who often do not have access to advanced courses at their high schools.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sacramento – Amid proposals to increase the smoking age, raise sales taxes on cigarettes and other efforts to decrease the prevalence of smokers, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) is leading the effort to help current smokers kick the habit.

AB 1162, approved in the Assembly, clarifies which tobacco cessation treatments are covered under Medi-Cal and ensures comprehensive coverage for all patients. AB 1162 is designed to spur smokers to quit by expanding the kinds of FDA approved   medications available and providing stop-smoking counseling sessions.