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Monday, November 13, 2017

Last Thursday, after a Sacramento Bee article describing inappropriate behavior by Senator Mendoza towards a female staffer was published, I was shocked to learn about a similar experience involving my district director, Jennifer Kwart, when she was an intern in his office in 2008.

I stand with Ms. Kwart, and trust her completely. Through our work together for over six years, I have known her to be a professional of utmost integrity. But for the statements made by Senator Mendoza concerning the first situation, Ms. Kwart would not have felt compelled to take the courageous step of speaking out publicly.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Contact: Erin Baum, (916) 319-2017, erin.baum@asm.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO – Today the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Xavier Becerra, which challenges the constitutionality of California’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act. The Reproductive FACT Act was authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (Democrat - San Francisco) and signed into law in 2015.

The Reproductive FACT Act empowers women to make the best healthcare choices for themselves and their families. The law requires that licensed clinics provide clients with a basic notice that California has free or low-cost public programs that provide comprehensive family planning services, prenatal care, and abortion services, as well as contact information for those services.  The Reproductive FACT Act also requires an unlicensed facility that provides pregnancy-related care to inform clients that it is not a licensed medical facility and does not have a licensed provider on staff.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Assemblymember David Chiu today issued the following statement after Congressional Republican released their tax proposal:

“The secretive tax proposal unveiled today by Congressional Republicans is a giveaway to billionaires and large corporations that also punishes hard-working Californians. So many provisions of it are regressive and unprincipled, but in one policy area - affordable housing - the effect would be catastrophic. Eliminating private activity bonds, which are almost entirely used to build affordable housing, will hurt people struggling to find homes and will kill jobs.

The tax bill also proposes eliminating the mortgage interest deduction on second homes, as I have in Assembly Bill 71, but instead of investing those savings in affordable housing, the Republicans and Trump are proposing to fund these egregious tax cuts for the wealthy. This heartless plan must be stopped.”

Monday, October 23, 2017

Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) joined the rest of the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage at the State Capitol for the first in a series of hearings to be held statewide on improving access and the delivery of health care.

“I don’t think there’s a discussion about whether healthcare is a right because I think we all agree on that,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “The real question is how do we make that vision a reality, how do we make that happen.” 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

For the fourth year in a row, California Governor Jerry Brown did not veto any of the LGBT-related bills that landed on his desk during the legislative session.

Among the eight pieces of legislation that he signed and will take effect January 1 are bills that make it easier for transgender or gender nonconforming people, including those in prison, to update their state-issued identification documents, reduce the criminal penalties for people who knowingly transmit HIV to their sex partners, and allow certain convicted sex offenders to petition to be removed from the state's registry.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Affordable Housing -- Homelessness -- Victims’ Rights -- Immigrant Rights -- LGBT Rights -- Consumer Health & Safety -- Jobs

Sacramento, CA — Eleven bills authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) have been signed into law by Governor Brown.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

JAISAL NOOR: This is the Real News Network. I'm Jaisal Noor. Defying the deportation machine in the age of Trump. California has become the first so-called sanctuary state with Governor Jerry Brown signing a measure that would block cooperation between local and state law enforcement and federal authorities among almost a dozen other measures that would protect the State's undocumented immigrants. That's despite threats from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to cut funding from jurisdictions that defy calls to deport more undocumented immigrants.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

AB 74 - The Housing for a Healthy California Program - pays for the cost of housing homeless individuals on Medi-Cal

SACRAMENTO — Governor Brown today signed a bill by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) that aims to change the way California tackles homelessness. Assembly Bill 74 creates the Housing for a Healthy California Program, which will align housing and health care resources to fight homelessness by taking an innovative approach to helping individuals who are chronically homeless. The bill takes effect on January 1, 2018.

Friday, October 13, 2017

AB 677 ensures schools and government agencies collect voluntarily provided sexual orientation and gender identity data when collecting other demographic data

SACRAMENTO--Governor Brown today signed Assembly Bill 677 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), which will help ensure that California public policy meets the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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AB 41 will help address rape kits backlog 

SACRAMENTO--Governor Brown today signed a bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) that will help reduce the number of untested sexual assault evidence kits throughout California. Assembly Bill 41, which is sponsored by Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, will for first time require law enforcement agencies to report to the California Department of Justice annual data on sexual assault evidence kit collection and testing, providing greater transparency for survivors, policy makers and the criminal justice system. The measure will take effect on January 1, 2018.