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Bill to Reduce Barriers to Economic Opportunity for Formerly Incarcerated Californians Passes Assembly

Legislation will prohibit Department of Consumer Affairs from denying professional licenses to Californians with non-violent offenses

SACRAMENTO--Criminal justice reform legislation authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) affecting employment opportunities for Californians with prior convictions passed the Assembly today. Assembly Bill 2138 will prohibit the Department of Consumer Affairs from using arrest or conviction records as the sole basis to deny professional licenses to Californians with non-violent offenses.  

Chiu Bill to Reduce Homelessness Passes Assembly

Legislation will centralize state data on homelessness to determine the most effective programs and solutions

SACRAMENTO--A bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to address California’s homelessness crisis passed the Assembly today. Assembly Bill 2161 will centralize data related to homelessness across state agencies to ensure resources are being used effectively.

Legislation to Audit Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Passes Assembly

Bill will complete a statewide audit of all backlogged sexual assault evidence kits

SACRAMENTO--A bill by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to address the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits passed the Assembly today. The measure, Assembly Bill 3118, will require a statewide audit of all untested rape kits in California.

Chiu Bill to Fund Embarcadero Seawall Improvements Passes Assembly

Legislation would generate $250 million to strengthen San Francisco waterfront to protect against seismic events and flooding

SACRAMENTO—A bill by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to finance crucial improvements to the Embarcadero Seawall along three miles of San Francisco waterfront passed the Assembly today. Assembly Bill 2578 would give the state a mechanism to contribute to the Seawall Earthquake Safety Program and would generate an estimated $55 million in the first ten years of the program and $250 million over the lifetime of the program.

Chiu Bill to Streamline Approvals of Housing for Homeless Californians Passes Assembly

Legislation will make it easier to build supportive housing in California

SACRAMENTO--A bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to address California’s homelessness crisis passed the Assembly today. Assembly Bill 2162 will streamline approvals for permanent supportive housing ensuring individuals experiencing homelessness are able to get off of the street and into permanent supportive housing.

Key Chiu Bills Clear Assembly Appropriations Committee

Bills will reduce backlog of untested rape kits, address California’s housing crisis, expand health care, and rebuild the San Francisco Seawall

SACRAMENTO--Nine bills authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) cleared a crucial legislative hurdle today when they came off the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s suspense file. The bills would help reduce the backlog of untested rape kits, incentivize transit-oriented development, begin to tackle the State’s homelessness crisis, make health care more affordable, and invest in the San Francisco Seawall.

California lawmakers push ahead on rape-kit bills after Berkeley failure

The San Francisco Chronicle, Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — Two bills to ensure that California law enforcement agencies don’t ignore rape kits passed key committee votes in the state Legislature on Friday.
 
Advocates say the bills are needed so that critical sexual assault evidence isn’t shelved, with many pointing to a case in Berkeley as an example of the harm one forgotten rape kit can cause.