Press Release

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Despite issuing rare vetoes of LGBT bills this session, Governor Jerry Brown cemented his legacy as the most pro-LGBT governor in the country's history by signing into law 12 pieces of legislation that directly benefit LGBT Californians.

The marquee bills this year included LGBT training for police officers, funding for homeless LGBT youth, protections for transgender foster youth, and ensuring June will always be designated Pride Month in the Golden State.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October 1, 2018 -- Two housing bills and a bill banning toxic chemicals were among the measures sponsored by Santa Monica lawmaker Richard Bloom signed by the Governor last week.

The housing measures address inconsistencies in applying housing density bonuses on the coast and reform the process used for determining and apportioning regional housing needs.

Among the changes made by AB 1771 to the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process is requiring the regional distribution to be more data-driven and equitable.

“The RHNA has not worked properly for quite some time,” Bloom said. “Local politics and flawed methodology have distorted the RHNA process and produced insufficient and inequitable housing across the state."

Monday, October 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2998 into law, approving a statewide ban on specific household products that contain toxic flame retardant chemicals. The measure, which was introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), prohibits the sale of juvenile products, specified mattresses and mattress components, and upholstered or reupholstered furniture in California that contain unnecessary toxic flame retardant chemicals.

 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1771 into law, approving significant reforms to the way local jurisdictions determine regional housing needs. AB 1771, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), makes several changes to this process, known as the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process, including requiring the regional distribution to be more data-driven and equitable. 

 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – AB 2797 was signed yesterday by Governor Jerry Brown, providing a much needed clarification to the application of State Density Bonus Law and the Mello Act in the Coastal Zone. The measure, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) clarifies that a project cannot be found inconsistent with the Coastal Act merely because it receives a density increase under state law.

Friday, September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure to provide the same legal protection to children of same-sex couples as is afforded to other families. AB 2684, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), updates California’s Uniform Parentage Act, which was promulgated to extend the parent-child relationship equally to every child and parent, regardless of the martial status of the parents.

Friday, September 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, legislation to allow fair compensation for peer review panelists in the CA Arts Council was signed by Governor Jerry Brown.  AB 2456, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), authorizes the California Arts Council to compensate grant program review panelists for their time spent reviewing and discussing grant program applications.