Press Releases

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, October 8, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a package of tenant protection measures including AB 1399 (Bloom). This important reform will close abusive loopholes in the Ellis Act.  Bloom is also Principal Co-Author of AB 1482 (Chiu), which creates a rent cap and provides “just cause” eviction protections statewide.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, legislation to expand insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids passed the California State Assembly. The measure, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), would require health insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids and hearing aid services for children under 18 years of age.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO – On Thursday, September 5, the California State Assembly approved AB 1399, Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s (D-Santa Monica) measure to close loopholes in the Ellis Act that have allowed some landlords to displace tenants and raise the price of rent control units. Though misuse of the Ellis Act has existed for decades, the current housing crisis has exacerbated the problem.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, legislation to expand insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids passed the Senate Health Committee. The measure, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), would require health insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids and hearing aid services for children under 18 years of age.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) honored Santa Monica-based nonprofit KCRW as the 50th Assembly District’s 2019 Nonprofit of the Year. Jennifer Ferro, the president of KCRW, and Karyn Williams, the KCRW Foundation Board's treasurer, received a resolution in honor of the station's contributions at a celebration in Sacramento.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation to expand insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids passed unanimously out of the Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday evening. The measure, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica), would make California the 24th state in the nation to mandate such coverage.  

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly Health Committee passed a measure to levy a 2 cent/fluid ounce fee on sugary drinks, the revenues of which would be used to address California’s diabetes and obesity crisis. If passed into law, AB 138, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) could make California the first state in the United States to pass a statewide sugary drink tax.