Assemblymember Bloom’s AB 544 and AB 1521 Pass out of Senate Transportation & Housing Committee

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, AB 1521 and AB 544, two bills authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), passed out of the Senate Transportation & Housing Committee.

AB 544, which passed on a 12-0 vote, creates a new decal program for zero emission vehicles and partial zero-emission vehicles after the existing program sunsets. Under the new program, decals would be valid for three years after they are issued and the total number of stickers that could be issued would be uncapped. Unlike many of the other incentive programs created to help California meet its environmental goals, the Clean Vehicle Decal Program is a non-monetary incentive, and therefore does not place a burden on environmental programs and funds already in high demand.

“California’s zero emission vehicle sales mandate requires that we have over one million Zero Emission Vehicles on the road by 2025,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “The Clean Vehicle Decal program is one of the most powerful and cost-effective incentive programs we have, yet under current law it will sunset six years before the mandate’s 2025 deadline. AB 544 will address this inconsistency between our goals and the incentives that will help us reach them.”

AB 1521, which passed on a 9-4 vote, strengthens California’s Preservation Notice Law by requiring owners of expiring affordable rental properties to accept market-rate purchase offers from qualified preservation entities that intend to maintain the property’s affordability restrictions. While the existing Preservation Notice law expresses the state’s interest in multifamily rental properties of five or more units that are affordable to lower income households, it lacks provisions necessary to enforce that principle.

“AB 1521 gives the Preservation Notice Law the teeth it needs to be effective,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “There are currently tens of thousands of affordable rental homes at-risk of losing their affordability within the next five years. In addition to building new affordable units, we must also maintain our existing units and protect tenants from displacement.”

Both AB 544 and AB 1521 now head to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Richard Bloom represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.