Press Releases

Monday, July 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced his intent to introduce, in the 2019 legislative session, a health impact fee on sugar sweetened beverages. The fee would be used to fund obesity and diabetes prevention programs. Bloom’s announcement followed a press release in which the California Medical Association and the California Dental Association announced their goal to introduce a similar ballot measure in 2020.


Friday, June 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, June 26, legislation to address the affordable housing shortage as it relates to California’s coastal zone unanimously passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee. AB 2797, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), clarifies state density bonus law to ensure that a project cannot be found inconsistent with the California Coastal Act merely because it receives a density increase under state law, while also ensuring that coastal resources are protected, as the Act requires.


Friday, June 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, June 26, a measure to facilitate innovation and sustainability in commercial fishing passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee on a 9-0 vote. AB 1573, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), authorizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish a state Exempted Fishing Permit program, which would allow anglers and collaborative research partners to obtain limited exemptions from state fishing laws and regulations in order to pursue fishery-related research and experimentation.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Late last night, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved, on a 6-1 vote, legislation to provide the same legal protection to children of same-sex couples as is afforded to other families. The measure, AB 2684, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), makes various statutory changes to update California’s Uniform Parentage Act (UPA), which was implemented to extend the parent and child relationship equally to every child and to every parent, regardless of the martial status of the parents.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A measure to protect California consumers, children, and firefighters from toxic flame retardant chemicals passed out of its second Senate policy committee late Monday evening. AB 2998, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), passed the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee on a 7-2 vote, a week after it passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

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).