Press Releases

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.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Legislation to ban certain “rat poisons”, or rodenticides, due to the unintended destructive downstream consequences on people, animals and wildlife passed the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee late Tuesday afternoon.  The bill, AB 1788, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), would ban Second General Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) for use in the state and ban First Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (FGARs) on state owned property. If passed, California would be the first state to ban these products.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

AB 366- the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act is branded “Lennon’s Law”

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) along with Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) and Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) were joined at the Capitol today by “Lennon” and “Skipper,”  two greyhound dogs rescued from one of California’s two “closed colony” dog blood banks, to share details of their experiences as captive involuntary blood donors at a commercial animal blood bank.

Friday, March 1, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has selected Kathy Griffin, comedian and civil rights advocate, as the 50th Assembly District’s 2019 “Woman of the Year.” Ms. Griffin will receive the award during a formal ceremony on the Assembly Floor on March 4, 2019 where she, along with other women from across California, will be recognized by their state senators and assemblymembers for their accomplishments and contributions to the State. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Bloom (D – Santa Monica) announced the introduction of legislation to require health insurance policies and plans to cover hearing aids for children. Bloom was joined by co-authors Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) and Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), as well as advocates and families supporting the bill.


Monday, February 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) introduced Assembly Bill 366, also known as the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act, aimed at allowing animal blood banks in California to utilize a donor blood collection system for dogs and cats.