2018 Legislation

In 2018, Assemblymember Chiu authored the following 14 bills that were signed into law by Governor Brown.

AB 829 | Acknowledgement Letters
AB 829 prohibits state housing funding to jurisdictions that require the specific approval of an individual city council member before a housing development can move forward.  This law allows for a more predictable housing approval process and ensures state resources are spent efficiently.

AB 1423 | Affordable Housing at 88 Broadway
This bill allows an affordable housing development in San Francisco to include a childcare center and provide housing to middle-income earners.

AB 2138 | Fair Chance Licensing
AB 2138 increases employment and reduces recidivism by allowing Californians with certain older, non-violent convictions or arrests to apply for occupational licenses they need to get jobs.

AB 2162 | Streamlining for Supportive Housing
This law speeds up the production of housing with supportive services for individuals experiencing homelessness. 

AB 2184 | Immigrant Business Inclusion Act
AB 2184 makes it easier for immigrants to apply for a license to start a business with different forms of identification.

AB 2185 | Doe Status
AB 2185 shields the identities of undocumented immigrant parents so they can be appointed anonymously as guardians ad litem for their children, in order to protect children's rights in legal proceedings.

AB 2291 | School Bullying
As studies show that the divisive rhetoric in national politics has filtered down to schools and led to an increase in bullying, this bill requires the CA Department of Education to develop policies that prevent school bullying and promote the relevant training of educators across the state.

AB 2343 | Tenant Notices and Unlawful Detainers
This law excludes weekends and holidays from counting during the eviction process, which gives tenants more time to defend against evictions and stay in their homes. 

AB 2413 | Right to a Safe Home Act
AB 2413 protects victims of crime or abuse from being evicted or otherwise penalized for calling for emergency assistance.

AB 2490 | Homeless Identification and Vital Records
Since the lack of identification has been a real barrier for homeless Californians accessing government services, this bill increases access to identification cards by requiring the CA Department of Public Health to waive fees when issuing birth certificates to homeless individuals.

AB 2865 | Highway 101 Managed Lane Authority
This bill authorizes San Francisco to utilize congestion lane management tools on the I-280 & Highway 101 corridors to incentivize carpooling and transit ridership. 

AB 2923 | BART Transit-Oriented Development
Since building sustainable neighborhoods next to major transit hubs is critical to addressing the Bay Area’s housing and traffic congestion crises, this bill facilitates the development of much-needed housing and mixed-use development on BART-owned land next to BART stations.

AB 3118 | Rape Kit Audit
AB 3118 is part of a broad movement to bring sexual assault survivors the justice they deserve by requiring a one-time, statewide audit of all untested rape evidence kits in California.

SB 866 | Preventing Anti-Labor Practices
Assemblymember Chiu worked through the budget process to put a provision into law (from Assembly Bill 2017) that will ensure all prospective public employees remain free to exercise their personal choice whether or not to become union members without being discouraged from doing so by public employers.

Budget Accomplishments

The 2018 budget addressed California’s growing income inequality by prioritizing unprecedented resources for a variety of programs, and also included historic investments towards primary and higher education and homelessness.

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

Homelessness - In the past year, California’s homelessness crisis has dramatically worsened, with 134,000 people experienced homeless in California nightly. Assemblymember Chiu worked with Assemblymember Phil Ting and others to ensure the 2018 budget provides significant investments for homeless assistance programs, allocating over $500 million for cities and counties to address the state’s homelessness crisis, including emergency shelters and rent relief programs.

San Francisco Seawall - Built over a century ago, the San Francisco Seawall protects the City’s waterfront and over $100 billion of economic assets. Due to its age, sea level rise, earthquake risk, the Seawall has been in dire need of billions of dollars for replacement. Assemblymember Chiu secured state funding to begin planning efforts to undertake this significant project.

Audit of Untested Rape Kits - Despite significant public attention on untested sexual assault evidence kits, Californians still do not know how many collected rape kits remain untested, as thousands of survivors have been denied justice. Assemblymember Chiu led efforts to provide funding to allow California to complete a one-time, statewide audit of untested rape kits in the possession of law enforcement agencies around California.

Census - As the 2020 Census approaches, California is in danger of being undercounted, which would result in reduced federal funding for schools, health care, transportation and the social safety net.  The Trump Administration’s new policy to inquire about immigration status has further jeopardized California’s count.  Assemblymember Chiu fought to include $90M in the 2018 budget for outreach and education to ensure California is accurately counted.