Latest Updates from Assemblymember Bloom

Why, Despite Trying, No State Has Passed a Soda Tax Since 1992

In late February, when Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont delivered his budget address at the state capitol, a number of Republican lawmakers showed up carrying Double Gulps -- 64-ounce drinks from 7-Eleven -- to protest the Democratic governor’s proposed tax increase on sugary sodas.

Mountain Lion's Death "Rousing" Call for Rat Poison Ban, Bloom Says

May 2, 2019 -- The death in March of a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains should serve as a rallying cry for stronger protections against rat poisons, Assemblymember Richard Bloom said Thursday.

The March 21 death the lion dubbed P-47 after ingesting rat poison comes as the Santa Monica lawmaker's bill -- AB 1788 -- banning "rodenticides" makes its way through the legislature.

Breakdown: California’s mental health system, explained

ental health advocates have long described California’s fragmented mental health system with words like “struggling” and “broken.”

Evidence of its consequences can be found in our jails and prisons, our hospitals and clinics, our schools and colleges. The problem touches those living in comfortable middle class suburbs, remote rural towns, and on the streets of the state’s biggest cities.

Legislation to Expand Insurance Coverage for Children’s Hearing Aids Advances

SACRAMENTO – Legislation to expand insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids passed unanimously out of the Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday evening. The measure, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), would make California the 24th state in the nation to mandate such coverage.  

 

Santa Monica Lawmaker's "Granny Flat" Law Getting Update

April 12, 2019 -- A 2016 law authored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom that makes accessory dwelling units (ADU), or "granny flats," easier to build is headed for some updates.

On Wednesday, AB 881, which clarifies key provisions of the existing law, passed out of the Assembly Local Government Committee and is headed to the Appropriations Committee.

Lawmakers or landlords? More than a quarter of California legislators are both

In a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of south Sacramento, the property looks like any other on the block: a single-story house that could use a new paint job, a large front yard that could use a little tidying, a chain-link fence surrounding the lot.

The tenants inside have no complaints—they have a good relationship with the property manager, and broken things get fixed on time. But like millions of renters in this increasingly costly state, they say that if their landlord raised the rent, they couldn’t afford to stay.