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Monday, October 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 906, bringing resolution to a problem hampering the efficacy of California’s Beverage Container Recycling Program. The measure, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), implements a scientifically-based definition of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, for plastic containers and packaging.

 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed a measure to extend California’s Clean Vehicle Decal program. AB 544, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), extends the program through 2025, with several modifications to sustainably accommodate a substantial increase in clean vehicle sales.

 

Monday, October 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO –This weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1568, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), which will give local jurisdictions the ability to finance infrastructure and affordable housing using new sales and use tax increment, within qualifying enhanced infrastructure improvement districts (EIFD). Simply put, the bill allows a portion of sales and use tax revenue in these districts to be spent on infrastructure and affordable housing.

 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

One Small Step for Dinos, One Giant Leap for California

 

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1540, making Augustynolophus morrisi California’s official State Dinosaur. Augustynolophus morrisi, though not as renowned as some of its prehistoric peers, has special significance for California, the state it roamed approximately 66 million years ago. With tongue in cheek, Bloom called on his colleagues to vote for AB 1540 “because it is the most important dinosaur bill in the Legislature this year.” 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bills are part of a larger package of reforms championed by a coalition of legislators

 

SACRAMENTO – Tonight, six bills aimed at addressing California’s affordable housing crisis, passed the Assembly floor.  The bills, part of a larger package of reforms to reduce the cost of housing authored by a coalition of legislators in both chambers of the Legislature, would provide significant funding and improve zoning and permitting laws to expedite affordable housing construction.

Friday, September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A measure to facilitate innovation and sustainability in commercial fishing passed the California State Assembly late last night. AB 1228, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, authorizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to implement an Exempted Fishing Permit program. The program would allow anglers and collaborative research partners to obtain limited exemptions from state fishing laws and regulations in order to pursue fishery-related research and experimentation.

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Coalition of legislators send total of 15 bills to Governor to address affordable housing crisis

 

SACRAMENTO – Tonight, nine bills targeting California’s affordable housing crisis, passed the Assembly floor.  The package, highlighted by AB 1505, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), which would restore the long-standing authority of local governments to require affordable rental units in their local housing development ordinances, consists of fifteen bills authored by a coalition of legislators to reduce the cost of housing.

Friday, September 15, 2017

SB 5 Will Provide Much-Needed Funding for Water and Parks Projects

 

SACRAMENTO – As the 2017 legislative session came to a close today, the California State Assembly passed a $4 billion water and parks bond today on a 54-19 vote. The measure, SB 5 (De León), authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds for a variety of water and parks projects, subject to voter approval.

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – As several affordable housing financing bills continue to be debated, the California State Senate approved AB 1568 yesterday on a 29-11 vote. The measure, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) will give local jurisdictions the ability to finance infrastructure and affordable housing using new sales and use tax increment, within qualifying enhanced infrastructure improvement districts (EIFD). Simply put, the bill allows a portion of sales and use tax revenue to be spent on infrastructure and affordable housing.

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A measure to extend California’s Clean Vehicle Decal program passed out of the California State Assembly yesterday on a 62-15 vote. AB 544, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), extends the program through 2025 and makes several modifications to it to curtail the total length of time that decals may be used for.