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Assemblymember Chiu Announces Bill to Strengthen Health Care Patient Right to Privacy

Legislation would ensure communications about sensitive health care services are automatically confidential

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced today he introduced a bill to expand and protect patient confidentiality in California. Assembly Bill 1184 would require health insurance companies to establish protocols that automatically protect the privacy of patients who access sensitive health care services.

California Lawmakers Announce EDD Reform Bills

Package of new legislation would alleviate the issues faced by millions of Californians in accessing unemployment benefits during the pandemic

Sacramento, CA--A group of California lawmakers announced a package of legislation today to bring necessary reforms and oversight to the Employment Development Department’s (EDD) unemployment insurance (UI) program. The bills would enact crucial oversight and consumer protection measures, ensure claimants get timely access to benefits, and address fraud.

Assemblymember Chiu Introduces Bill to Shift State Prison Savings to Reentry Housing Program

Legislation will reduce recidivism and homelessness by investing in housing solutions for formerly incarcerated people

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), and Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) announced a bill today that would create a reentry housing program for formerly incarcerated people in order to reduce recidivism and homelessness. Assembly Bill 328 would redirect a portion of anticipated California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) savings to fund the program.

Assemblymember Chiu Statement on Proposed Eviction Protections Extension and Rent Relief Program

Assemblymember David Chiu (D - San Francisco) today issued the following statement regarding a proposal by legislative leadership and Governor Newsom to extend eviction protections through June and distribute federal rental assistance funding:

"Like previous eviction protection bills, this deal is necessary but far from perfect. This proposal will extend critical eviction protections through the end of June and help distribute $2.6 billion in rental assistance quickly.

Assemblymember Chiu Introduces Bill to Ensure Transgender and Nonbinary College Students’ Diplomas Reflect Identity

Legislation would prevent “deadnaming” on college diplomas

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced a bill today to give students at California public colleges, especially transgender and nonbinary students, the ability to have their chosen names printed on their diplomas. Assembly Bill 245 will ensure diplomas do not “deadname” or call the graduate by the name they were assigned at birth rather than the name they use.

Assemblymember Chiu Statement on Governor Newsom’s Proposed Budget

Assemblymember David Chiu (D - San Francisco) today issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom announced his proposed budget for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year:

“Today is a stark reminder of how different life was just one year ago. Despite an ongoing pandemic and difficult economic circumstances, Governor Newsom has used this budget to make wise investments and safeguard our social safety net.

Assemblymember Chiu Statement on Governor’s Support for Eviction Moratorium Extension

Assemblymember David Chiu (D - San Francisco), legislative author of Assembly Bills 15 and 16 to extend eviction protections and provide rental assistance to renters and property owners, today issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom indicated he would support an extension of California’s eviction protections:

Assemblymember Chiu to Introduce Bills to Extend COVID-19 Eviction Protections and Create a Plan for Rental Relief

As COVID surges in California, legislation would keep renters stably housed

Sacramento, CA—As the California Legislature reconvenes today, Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) will introduce two bills to keep renters in their homes as COVID cases rise to unprecedented levels. These new policies will extend eviction protections for renters impacted by COVID through December 31, 2021, and work towards creating a framework for a rental assistance program.

Western States Legislators Urge Congress to Provide Rent Relief

As federal and state eviction moratoriums are set to expire, lawmakers warn of a wave of mass evictions

San Francisco, CA--State lawmakers, who chair housing committees in the California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington state legislatures, sent a letter to their respective Congressional delegations today urging federal lawmakers to pass a rent relief bill.