2017 Legislation

In 2017, Assemblymember David Chiu authored the following 11 bills that were signed into law by Governor Brown.   

AB 41 | Fixing The Rape Kit Backlog
The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act requires local law enforcement agencies to track the handling of sexual assault evidence kits and to provide annual reports to the California Department of Justice. This improved tracking will help inform policy makers and provide victims with information about their case that they deserve to know.

AB 73 | Sustainable Housing District Creation
(Chiu; Joint authors: Caballero, Bonta, and Kalra; Co-authors: Mullin, Ting, Santiago, Berman, and Gloria) 
AB 73 will increase the production of market rate and affordable housing by providing local governments with financial incentives for creating "Housing Sustainability Districts" - overlay districts to streamline the residential development process in areas with existing infrastructure and transit. Local governments would also get financial incentives when once they permit housing units within a district. This bill is part of the historic package of housings bills that will streamline production, create a permanent funding source, and put a $4 billion housing bond before voters.

AB 74 | Housing for a Healthy California
(Chiu; Joint authors: Santiago, and Bonta; Co-author: Mullin, Berman, and Gloria) 
AB 74 creates the Housing for a Healthy California Program to pay for the cost of housing homeless individuals on Medi-Cal who receive services through the Whole Person Care pilot program, Healthy Homes, or some other county-controlled funding source. The goal of the program is to create a whole person-oriented approach to serving the most vulnerable Californians and to track the health care savings of housing chronically homeless individuals on Medi-Cal.

AB 291 | Immigrant Tenant Protection Act
AB 291 enacts the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act of 2017, which establishes various safeguards against the unauthorized disclosure of tenants' immigration or citizenship status to federal immigration authorities or other parties, as well as potential harassment, retaliation, or discrimination against tenants based on their actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status.

AB 415 | Increasing Employment through Social Enterprise
AB 415 ensures that the CalFresh program is working with employment social enterprises to leverage the best economic outcome for program participants. A direct collaboration between CFET and employment social enterprises will provide the working poor with extra support, resulting in holistic job readiness. Additionally, this would help California to meet its federal SNAP work participation rate goals by increasing the number of families in the programs who are employed.

AB 450 | Immigrant Worker Protection Act
AB 450 protects immigrant workers in the workplace by preventing ICE from conducting raids that violate basic constitutional rights. The bill requires employers to get a warrant before allowing ICE on a worksite and a subpoena before turning over personal employee information.

AB 546 | Streamlining Energy Storage Permits
AB 546 helps the state more effectively use renewable energy by making local permitting of energy storage technology easier. The bill encourages the Office of Planning and Research to develop guidance for energy storage permitting and allows for electronic submission of permit documents.

AB 677 | Protecting LGBT Communities Through Voluntary Data Collection
AB 677 would help California reduce disparities faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities by requiring state agencies to collect voluntarily provided sexual orientation and gender identity data when collecting other demographic data. This bill continues the effort begun in 2015 with AB 959

AB 836 | Cold Pressed Juice Technology Adaptation
AB 836 clarifies decades-old bulk food safety laws to ensure that modern automated juice vending machines can be operated in California. This helps customers access fresh and healthy foods where brick-and-mortar locations may not be an option. The bill updates the code to reflect emerging vending technologies and supports California-based businesses.

AB 954 | Reducing Food Waste Through Label Standardization
AB 954 reduces food waste and help consumers make informed decisions when making food purchases by creating voluntary standardized guidelines for food date labels that better describe food freshness and safety.

AB 1159 | Cannabis and Attorneys
AB 1159 protects access to legal representation by clarifying that attorney-client privilege extends to clients engaged in the cannabis industry and that contracts regarding the lawful operation of a cannabis business are legal.

Budget Accomplishments

The 2017 budget reflected California’s growing economy, and our commitment to ensure all Californians have the opportunity to succeed. That opportunity starts with education, as the budget directed an additional $3.2 billion to schools, increasing education investments by almost 60 percent over 6 years. To help struggling Californians, the final budget also expanded California's Earned Income Tax Credit to assist another 1.1 million working families.

As a member of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4 on State Administration, Assemblymember Chiu led on investments in some California’s most valuable programs:

Immigration Services | Building on the work of the One California program, during an era when immigrants have been under attack, Assemblymember Chiu helped lead efforts to allocate $65 million for immigration services to protect residents threatened with deportation, DACA recipients, and assist individuals applying for citizenship.

Census Counts | As California prepares for the 2020 Census ensuring that every Californian is accurately counted is essential to ensure that California is fully represented in Congress and receives its fair share of federal budget resources. Assemblymember Chiu led efforts to provide early funding for census planning and outreach.

Medically-Tailored Meals | As Trump proposed to eliminate funding for healthcare programs for seniors and low-income families, the 2017 budget established a $6M healthy food pilot program championed by Assemblymember Chiu to provide medically-tailored meals that meet the nutritional needs of low-income residents living with serious health conditions, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. Similar programs in other states have been shown to cut health care costs in half.