Press Release

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) – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) gaveled in the first hearing of the Budget SubCommittee # 3on Resources and Transportation with an overview of the thick agenda the SubCommittee will be tackling this year.  While the first hearing focused mainly Climate and Environmental Research in California, Assemblymember Bloom said the SubCommittee will be dealing with many water related challenges such as the lasting impacts of the drought, new flooding related issues, and access to clean water for rural communities.