Press Release

Thursday, June 21, 2018

SACRAMENTO — On Wednesday, June 20, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) honored local veteran and Hollywood resident Mike Hjelmstad for his service to our country and his advocacy work on behalf of veterans. Mr. Hjelmstad received a special recognition at the 21st annual “Veteran of the Year” Luncheon in addition to receiving a resolution from Assemblymember Bloom recognizing his service to the veteran community.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Legislation to extend California’s successful Film and Television Tax Credit Program passed the Assembly Floor on Monday afternoon. The measure, which was incorporated into the 2018-2019 Budget through Senate Bill 871, extends the program to 2025 and makes several key improvements to ensure wider program applicability and keep pace with the changing industry landscape. Prior to the program’s inclusion into the Budget, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) co-authored AB 1734 to extend the program, with Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego).

Thursday, June 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Assembly approved the 2018-2019 Budget, balanced and on-time for the eighth consecutive year. The $200 billion budget was finalized late last Friday after months of committee hearings and discussions. Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica) served as the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation and as an Assembly conferee on the Budget Conference Committee, which negotiates items that conflict between the Senate and Assembly budgets.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has honored Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica – UCLA Medical Center, as the 50th Assembly District’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

It might have led the charge for similar plastic microfiber bills in New York and Connecticut, but California’s Assembly Bill 2379 is off the table—for now.

In February, California State Assembly Member Richard Bloom introduced the bill, which would require clothing that comprises more than 50 percent synthetic material to include an additional label instructing consumers to hand-wash the apparel instead of using a machine. The bill was introduced after different studies suggested that microfibers—many of which measure less than 5 millimeters long—are threatening marine life. If passed in the California State Assembly, the law would have only applied to clothing sold in the state.

Monday, June 4, 2018

A measure that would ban the sale of children’s products, mattresses and upholstered furniture containing flame retardants in California has been approved by the state Assembly and awaits action in the Senate.

The Assembly approved the bill, AB 2998, on 30 May by a 58-12 vote.  

The measure would bar, from 1 January 2020, the sale in California of covered products containing – or with a constituent component containing – the chemicals at levels above 1,000 parts per million. It covers all flame retardant substances. The bill would also bar repair and reupholstery businesses from working on furniture containing the substances.

Current California law requires manufacturers of upholstered furniture to state whether or not the product contains added flame retardants and bars manufacture or sale of products that contain more than 1/10th of 1% of pentaBDE or octaBDE.