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Landmark Legislative Bills Pass The Assembly Committee on Appropriations And Are Headed To The Floor For A Vote

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Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bills passed the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and are headed to the Assembly Floor. The bills include: AB 41 –The Upward Mobility Act of 2022: boards and commissions: civil service: examinations: classifications, AB 43 – Greenhouse gas emissions: building materials: credit trading platform and compliance system, AB 249 – Water: school sites: lead testing: conservation, AB 252 – The College Athlete Protection Act, AB 262 – Children’s camps: regulation, AB 280 Segregated confinement, AB 299 – Hazing: educational institutions: civil liability, AB 304 – Domestic violence: probation, AB 323 – Planning and land use: parcels: changes in use, AB 610 – Youth Transit Pass Pilot Program: free youth transit passes, AB 647 – Grocery workers, AB 776 – Route 210, AB 1228 – Fast Food Restaurant Franchisors and Franchisees: joint liability, and AB 1244 – Private Security Services and Private Investigators: qualified managers.

Currently, Assemblymember Holden’s bills in the Senate include: AB 289 –Mental Health Services: youth representation, AB 368 – College and Career Access Pathways partnerships, AB 1204 – Contractors, contracts: restrictions, AJR 1 – Republic of Arsakh, and ACR 60 – San Diego State University Aztecs: March Madness.

“My focus remains steady in meeting the needs of Californians and that is reflected through my legislation. The people come first. I’ll continue to remain a diligent leader and listener throughout this process,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.

AB 41 would build on the progress of AB 2748, introduced in 2022 to help bridge the digital divide and address accessibility, quality, and affordability.

AB 43 would express the intent of the Legislature to enact an Embodied Carbon Trading System within the program created by AB 2446, or the Low Carbon Product Standard (LCPS), to facilitate a credit-trading platform for building materials.

AB 249 would require a community water system that serves a school site to test for lead in each of the school site’s potable water system outlets on or before January 1, 2027. If the lead level exceeds five parts per billion (ppb), this bill requires the local educational agency (LEA) or school to take immediate steps to make inoperable and shut down from use all fountains and faucets where the excess lead levels may exist, and ensures that a potable source of drinking water is provided for pupils.

AB 252 would ensure that college athletes have specific rights that are defined, upheld, and protected by their institutions.

AB 262 would direct the Department of Social Services (DSS) to lead a stakeholder group to develop recommendations through a report to the Legislature on future regulations that would protect children while attending day and overnight camps.

AB 280 would allow California to join other states including New York and Colorado in ending solitary confinement for specific populations, and join the international community in recognizing that solitary confinement constitutes torture and put a limit on how long any individual can be held in isolation.

AB 289 would include youth or youth mental health organizations in the list of stakeholder counties must confer with when developing their three year expenditure plans under the Mental Health Services Act.

AB 299 would allow for civil action to be brought against an educational institution for an instance of hazing in which one or more students were involved if that educational institution knew or should have known of the dangerous hazing practices of an affiliated organization.

AB 304 would restructure the oversight of the rehabilitation process domestic violence offenders must undergo, in an effort to reduce recidivism and increase overall education within the system – including among probation departments, courts, and program providers.

AB 323 would protect homeownership pathways for low-income families.

AB 368 would provide a pathway for more high school graduates to attend college.

AB 610 would create the Student Transit Pass Pilot Program to fund the development and implementation of fare free transit passes to California students. The bill also requires a report on the program’s outcomes, including whether the program increased transit ridership among student users, to be submitted to the Legislature.

AB 647 would require a successor grocery employer, upon change in control of a grocery establishment, to hire from the list for 120 days after the grocery establishment is fully operational and open to the public and retain each eligible grocery worker for at least 120 days after their commencement date, except as specified.

AB 776 would require the department, through the erection of highway signs and appropriate markers, to provide recognition of the historical and cultural importance of the California Indian tribes local to, or historically located in, the Counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino.

AB 1204 would work to ensure that contractors are abiding by labor laws and properly classifying employees.

AB 1228 as it relates to a franchisor’s role in their franchisee’s compliance of employee rights, would make any agreement between franchisors and franchisees that waives the franchisor’s liability for such violations unenforceable and contrary to public policy.

AB 1244 would require a qualified manager under the Private Investigator Act and the Private Security Services Act to hold a current and valid qualified manager’s certificate issued by the director, and would require the director to issue a qualified manager’s certificate to a person who meets the requirements of the act, as applicable. 

AJR 1 would condemn the Azerbaijan’s blockade of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) and call for the Biden Administration to take tangible action to hold Azerbajani government accountable for its flagrant violations of international human rights.

ACR 60 would promote well-deserved recognition for the outstanding accomplishments of the San Diego State Aztecs men’s basketball team this season.

“My goal is always to service my community above all else. I believe these bills exemplify my due diligence in achieving that goal, by creating solutions to solve key issues, developing roadmaps for new innovations and improved functionality, and generating a pathway for equal opportunity. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Legislature and Governor Newsom to fully implement these measures,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.

“We are listening and collaborating with Californians to provide solutions that work; for the good of the public and the planet,” said Holden.