Press Releases

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bill to focus on Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Public Transportation Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) introduced AB 17 to enact the Transit Pass Program to assist with student public ridership.  Public transit fares have risen considerably in many areas across the state.  This bill addresses the lack of sufficient pedestrian, bicycling, and public transit opportunities in low-income and working class communities.

Recent reports suggest public transit ridership is decreasing across California, causing several public transit agencies to come dangerously close to missing the “fare box” revenue targets mandated by the federal government. Without reversing this trend, California will have a difficult time decreasing its petroleum use and achieving greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to expand housing opportunities for former foster youth, homeless and disabled veterans was signed by Governor Brown. Assembly Bill 2442 allows housing developers to obtain multiple density bonuses from a local government if the housing development sets aside ten percent of their units for former foster youth, disabled veterans, or formerly homeless individuals.

“Disabled veterans and transitional foster youth face a serious affordable housing problem,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “It is vital that we give our local communities tools to meet this challenge.”

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) has been elected by his colleagues to chair the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC). Lawmakers joining Assemblymember Holden to the newly elected leadership team include Assemblymembers Shirley Webber (AD – 78), vice chair; Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (AD – 54), secretary; and Kevin McCarty (AD – 7), treasurer.

“I’m extremely proud to serve as chair for the Black Caucus,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Together with my colleagues, I look forward to continuing our efforts to advance equality, justice, and opportunity for all Californians.”

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bills to protect wildlife, AB 2148; and increase affordable housing options for foster youth and veterans, AB 2442, cleared the legislature. The legislation now awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.

“There’s no denying the rapidly increasing number of drones in public spaces,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Now is the time to take preventative steps to protect California’s wildlife and natural habitats before it becomes a problem.”

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Property Tax Timeline for Seniors legislation, Assembly Bill 2691, and Tobacco Cessation Legislation, Assembly Bill 1696, cleared on concurrence. The bills now await Governor Jerry Brown’s Signature.

Assembly Bill 2691 will make it easier for seniors to pay their property tax through a monthly payment plan. The bill would authorize a county Board of Supervisors to implement a monthly property tax payment program for seniors and individuals currently collecting supplemental security income for a disability.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Talent Scam Prevention Bill, AB 2068, passed the Senate Floor with a vote of 38-0. AB 2068 strengthens the Talent Scam Prevention Act by expanding the list of communication forms that can be regulated such as online and computer applications. The bill now awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.

“With the unprecedented popularity of reality television and social media sites such as YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, and others, the quest for instant stardom has become prevalent among all ages, especially teens and young adults,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Unfortunately, this creates a ripe situation for illegitimate talent agencies to scam young, aspiring artists.” 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Three of Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bills cleared the California State Senate Appropriations Committee today. The legislation, Assembly Bill 1696, which helps California’s neediest residents quit smoking; Assembly Bill 2148, which protects wildlife from drones; and Assembly Bill 2364 that strengthens dual enrollment all passed the key committee and now head to the Senate Floor. In addition, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 158 that would help students transfer credits between California universities also passed.

Assembly Bill 1696 requires tobacco cessation medications, counseling, and assessments to be covered for Medi-Cal patients. Besides the detrimental health effects, smoking takes an $18.1 billion toll on California annually, according to a University of California, San Francisco study.