Press Release

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, AB 2998, a measure authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) to protect Californians from toxic flame retardant chemicals, passed out of the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee on a 7-2 vote. The bill, which cleared the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee last week, prohibits the sale of juvenile products, mattresses, and upholstered or reupholstered furniture in California that contain toxic flame retardant chemicals.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Legislation to keep film and television jobs in California cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday morning by passing the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media.  The bill, AB 1734 jointly authored by Assemblymembers Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego), extends and improves the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program – one of the most effective economic development tools in the state.

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The elephant in the housing legislation room is S.B. 827, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). This bill, which has sparked furious debate among housing and economic justice advocates since it was introduced in February, will get its first committee hearing Tuesday when it goes before the State Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, AB 2528, a measure that incorporates four state watersheds into the triennial California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy report, passed out Assembly Natural Resources on a 7-3 vote. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), will help the state create more climate resilient habitats and protect the state’s largest estuaries and most pristine river systems.

 

Monday, April 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) honored long-time Beverly Hills optometrist and current Woodland Hills resident, Henry Oster, at the State Capitol as part of the California State Assembly’s 15th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony.

 

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Bay Area lawmaker's housing proposal could expand the size and scope of home building efforts in California at an unprecedented scale.

The legislation, Senate Bill 828, from state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would require cities and counties to rezone land in their communities to permit many more homes than are currently in their plans.

Friday, April 13, 2018

April 12, 2018 -- Two bills sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom to further tackle environmental threats passed a key committee this week.

AB 2422 -- which would make California the first state to ban certain “rat poisons” that pose a "rampant threat" to pets and wildlife -- passed the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee late Tuesday.

The Committee also approved AB 2998, a measure to protect Californians from toxic flame retardant chemicals, on a 5-2 vote.

The bill banning "rodenticides" would expand Bloom's 2014 ban on their use in wildlife areas and parks and strengthen enforcement efforts by the state to limit their use to licensed pest control applicators, Bloom said.