2016 Legislation

Housing Bills to #BringCAHome

AB 723 | Housing Finance - Expedites the delivery of $114 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, modernizes California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) rent and income occupancy standards, and provides flexibility to CalHFA to finance housing developments that meet the needs of low - income renters who earn between 60 and 80 percent of the area median income.

AB 2797 | Mission Rock Project - Facilitates the creation of the new Mission Rock neighborhood in San Francisco. Mission Rock will consist of 8 acres of parks and 1,500 apartment units - 40 percent for low - to middle - income individuals and families - as well as up to 1.3 million square feet of office space and 250,000 square feet of retail. The project, to be built in anticipation of sea level rise, is scheduled to complete environmental review in 2017.

AB 2818 | Equitable Taxation for Community Land Trusts - Incentivizes the creation of Community Land Trusts (CLTs), an affordable and innovative type of homeownership, by establishing a fair property valuation process for them.  Thanks to the San Francisco Community Land Trust for your leadership in this area.

AB 2819 | Tenant Protection - Prevents innocent tenants facing an eviction lawsuit from having their credit tarnished and future housing opportunities jeopardized by keeping tenants' court records private unless the landlord prevails in the lawsuit. Previously, tenants could be blacklisted if their cases were not resolved within 60 days, even if they ultimately won the eviction lawsuit.

AB 2820 | Defense against Price Gouging - Expands protections in state law for tenants and others by prohibiting price gouging of housing and other services during declared emergencies like gas leaks, wildfires and earthquakes.

Other Signed Bills

AB 626 | Prompt Payment - Closes a loophole in contracting law that has prevented contractors that performed extra work for public works programs from being promptly paid, by established a process to resolve disputes expeditiously.
AB 2125 | Healthy Nails - Creates statewide program guidelines to help cities and counties incentivize nail salons to use products that are less toxic and to adopt practices safer for workers and customers - building on the innovative model established by the San Francisco Healthy Nail Salon Program.
AB 2349 | Surrogacy Parentage Protection Act - Protects parents of children conceived through surrogacy in California - including many same - sex couples who rely on reproductive assistance to start their families - from having their rights violated in other states.
AB 2374 | Yerba Buena Ramps Project - Facilitates the construction of a crucial seismic safety project connecting the Bay Bridge with Yerba Buena and Treasure Islands.

AB 2532 | Erasing Anti - Immigrant Language - Repeals an outdated law that had required employment service agencies to verify an individual's immigration status, which was passed during the anti - immigrant era leading to the passage of the notorious Proposition 187.

AB 2455 | Student Voting Act - Increase voter registration and civic engagement among California students by creating an online link between class enrollment and voter registration for the three million students in California's public college and university systems. The winner of our Assembly office's inaugural "There Ought to Be a Law" program, the bill was proposed by two UC Berkeley Law Students, including Mission resident Paul Monge.

AB 2739 | Curran Theatre - Clarifies a law that set standards for liquor licenses in San Francisco's historic theaters, to encourage San Francisco's lively arts scene.

SB 1107 | Political Reform Act
SB 1107 permits local governments or the state, if they so choose, to enact laws that create public campaign financing programs, as long as they meet specified requirements for fairness and accountability. Principal coauthor with Senator Allen.

Budget Accomplishments

The 2016 budget invested in protecting the state from future budget shortfalls, as well as in strengthening California’s social safety net.  The final budget grew the state’s Rainy Day Fund to $1.75 billion, and provided additional dollars to child care, preschool, and K-12 education through the Local Control Funding Formula.  This year’s budget also invested in fighting poverty by repealing the maximum family grant rule, extending of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and increasing CalWORKs Housing Services to stabilize housing for vulnerable families.

As a member of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4 on State Administration, Assemblymember Chiu led efforts to provide resources for critical needs of Californians and San Franciscans:

Angel Island State Park | After nearly 35 years of no repairs, the Hospital Building on Angel Island was in dire need of renovations.  The final budget included $3 million for renovations and repairs, in order to preserve this historic site.

One California | Through the Department of Social Services, the budget included a major investment in this program established by Assemblymember Chiu to fund free naturalization services for low-income Californians eligible for citizenship and immigration assistance for DACA/DAPA recipients.   

Medi-Cal Coverage for Acupuncture and Language Access | This year’s budget also included important reforms to the California’s Medi-Cal system, including restorative and preventative acupuncture care for low income California, as well as a pilot program for interpreters to serve diverse communities with higher-quality care.