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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A measure to extend California’s Clean Vehicle Decal program passed out of the California State Senate yesterday on a bipartisan 32-5 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.

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Assembly unanimously passed AB 411, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), which provides statutory authorization for the use of therapy and facility dogs during the testimony of specified victims and child witnesses.

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Assemblymember Bloom’s AB 906 Will Clarify Definition of “PET”

 

SACRAMENTO – AB 906, a bill to resolve an issue that is literally “gumming up” California’s Beverage Container Recycling Program, passed the Assembly Floor today on a 78-0 vote. The measure, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), implements a scientifically-based definition of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, for purposes of the program.

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California is one step closer to having a State Dinosaur today, after AB 1540 passed out of the State Senate on a 40-0 vote, crossing its penultimate legislative barrier to becoming law. The measure, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) would designate Augustynolophus morrisi, a duck-billed dinosaur that roamed California 66 million years ago, as the state’s official dinosaur.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) joined other legislators and labor leaders at a news conference to show their support for legislation designed to ease California’s affordable housing crisis. “Housing costs across the state have increased exponentially and absent corrective action there is no end in sight,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “Given our state’s severe housing crisis, it is critical that we give local governments every tool to address affordable housing needs. My bill (Assembly Bill 1505) returns one of our most important and effective tools.” Under AB 1505, inclusionary housing remains a local decision, with input from local stakeholders, to determine what mix of policies, if any, make sense for their community. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – This Monday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, would be one of four recipients of a $40 million DOE award for bioenergy and bioproducts research. State funding for bioenergy research, which Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica) worked to secure in last year’s budget, was instrumental in demonstrating the state’s commitment to the Institute and making it a more competitive applicant. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

(Sacramento) – During the State Assembly’s climate change legislation debate, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) stood in strong support of Assembly Bill 617, one part of the historic climate change legislative package approved by the State Legislature. Assembly Bills 617 and 398 will balance our economic, health and environmental concerns as California works to reach its 2030 climate targets and improve the lives of all residents. “AB 617 empowers our air districts by expediting retrofit requirements for large industrial emitters that are more often than not are located in many of our low income and disadvantaged communities,” Assemblymember Bloom noted. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and a bipartisan majority legislators have approved landmark climate change measures, Assembly Bill 398 and Assembly Bill 617. AB 398 and 617 will balance our economic, health and environmental concerns as California works to reach its 2030 climate targets and improve the lives of all residents.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Last Thursday, the California Arts Council designated 14 Cultural Districts as part of a new statewide program to celebrate artistic and cultural diversity and creativity in local communities around the state. The Council was authorized to create these districts through AB 189, a measure authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica) in 2015.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and a bipartisan majority legislators have approved landmark climate change measures, Assembly Bill 398 and Assembly Bill 617. AB 398 and 617 will balance our economic, health and environmental concerns as California works to reach its 2030 climate targets and improve the lives of all residents.