Press Releases

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.

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.