Latest Updates from Assemblymember Bloom

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.

Sacramento Moves to Widen Dog Blood Supply From Exclusively Captive Donors

When Fluffy and Fido need surgery or transfusions, their humans have other worries besides where the blood comes from.

But state lawmakers are doing the worrying for them, trying to sort out exactly which canines should be allowed to donate blood and which shouldn’t.

Currently, most blood products used in veterinary medicine come from California, where dueling doggie blood bank bills have emerged to confront “closed colonies,” where animals are kept confined and bled at regular intervals before they are put up for adoption.

Bill aimed at boosting small housing units advances

A bill to streamline construction of small backyard homes passed a key committee earlier this week.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom introduced A.B. 881, which passed out of the Assembly Local Government Committee Wednesday on a 7-0 vote, to remove barriers to constructing accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Bloom has heralded ADUs as a way to solve California’s housing crisis and passed a bill in 2016 designed to ease local and statewide roadblocks to building what are sometimes called back houses or granny flats. The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Santa Monica Lawmaker's Tax on Sugary Drinks Passes Key Committee

April 10, 2019 -- Assemblymember Richard Bloom's bill taxing sugary drinks was approved by the Health Committee Tuesday, nearly four years after the same committee soundly defeated a similar measure by the former Santa Monica mayor.

Bloom's AB 138 -- which would levy a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks to address California’s diabetes and obesity crisis -- would be the first such state tax approved in the country.