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Thursday, June 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – This evening, after six months of deliberations, including 84 committee hearings, the state Legislature has passed the 2017-18 State Budget.  The Legislature passed the $125.1 million budget balanced and on-time for the seventh consecutive year.   The budget passed the Assembly and the Senate on a 52-24 and a 28-10 vote, respectively.  In response, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) issued the following statement:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing approved legislation that will restore the long-standing authority of local governments to require affordable rental units in their local housing development ordinances, which was erroneously eliminated by a 2009 appellate court decision.  The bill, AB 1505, by Assemblymembers Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) passed the committee, 7-4.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, two of Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s housing bills passed the California State Assembly. The measures, AB 1521 and AB 1568, each tackle different components of California’s housing crisis, including affordable housing and financing for construction.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Assembly approved legislation that will restore the long-standing authority of local governments to require affordable rental units in their local housing development ordinances, which was erroneously eliminated by a 2009 appellate court decision.

The bill, AB 1505, by Assemblymembers Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) which needed 41 votes to pass the Assembly Floor, passed 47-23.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Measure Seeks to Ensure Health Insurance Coverage for Pediatric Hearing Aids

SACRAMENTO – Legislation requiring health insurance coverage for pediatric hearing aids passed the Assembly Health Committee late on Tuesday on a 14-0 vote. The measure, AB 1601, requires health insurance policies and health care service plans to cover hearing aids for enrollees and insured under 18 years of age.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bloom AB 1540 State Dinosaur

SACRAMENTO – Joining an esteemed list of other symbols such as the state flower, state animal, and state bird, the California State Legislature has taken the first step towards adding a dinosaur to that list.   The legislation, AB 1540, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) would designate Augustynolophus morissi, a duck-billed dinosaur that roamed California 66 million years ago, as the official state dinosaur.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly Committee on Public Safety approved AB 411, legislation by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that provides statutory authorization for the use of therapy and facility dogs during witness testimony in certain cases. AB 411, which passed unanimously on a 7-0 vote, authorizes vulnerable victims and witnesses, including certain child witnesses, to be accompanied by a dog trained in providing emotional support while testifying at a preliminary hearing, trial, or juvenile court.  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

(Los Angeles) — At the Assembly hearing on “The Secondary Impact of California's Film and Television Tax Credit Program on Diversity,” Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D- Santa Monica) spoke to the importance of film and television to the economy of California. He discussed how this is related to the issues surrounding livable wages and housing and how they are interconnected with working to improve diversity and maintain California’s leadership in this critical component of our economy.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced the creation of the Select Committee on Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention. The committee, which he will Chair, is tasked with examining the epidemics of type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, tooth decay, and other associated health outcomes.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced that Ivy Bottini, an activist and artist, has been selected as the 50th Assembly District’s 2017 “Woman of the Year”.