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Assemblymember Chiu Introduces Bill to Reduce Traffic Violence With Speed Safety Systems

As traffic deaths are on the rise, legislation would allow for the use of proven, widely-used technology to protect Californians from deadly collisions

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu announced a bill today to reduce speeding and prevent pedestrian and worker fatalities on California roadways. Assembly Bill 550 would allow for the use of speed detection systems under pilot programs created by state and local governments in California.

Assemblymember Chiu Announces Bill to Boost Workforce to Treat Substance Use Disorders

Legislation would combat opioid and substance use crisis by increasing number of substance use counselors in California

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced a bill today that would address the shortage of substance use disorder (SUD) counselors and clinicians in California. AB 666 would create a pipeline of 1,000 new substance use disorder counselors by funding tuition assistance, testing and fee waivers, and a comprehensive analysis of needs in the SUD workforce community.

Assemblymember Chiu Introduces Bill to Prevent Deportations Based on Invalid Convictions

Legislation would extend a post-conviction relief process to immigrants convicted by jury trials

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced a bill today that would keep families together and prevent deportations based on old, invalid criminal convictions. AB 1259 would expand an existing post-conviction appeals process to immigrant defendants who were unaware of the immigration consequences of the charges levied against them and were convicted by jury trials. 

Assemblymember Chiu Introduces Bill to Prioritize Small Businesses for State Contracts

Legislation would establish economic equity policy in state contracting

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) announced a bill today that would open up significant opportunity for California small businesses. AB 915 would ensure 25 percent of state contracts and procurement go to small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, and minority-owned small businesses. 

Assemblymember Chiu Introduces Bill to Create a Legal Obligation to Reduce Homelessness in California

Legislation would create a statewide homelessness strategy and ensure governments take steps to address homelessness

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced a bill today that would ensure all state and local governments are working to meaningfully address homelessness. AB 816 would undertake a statewide planning process to reduce homelessness and hold governments accountable to those plans through a newly created Housing and Homelessness Inspector General position. 

API Legislators Condemn Anti-Asian Violence and Propose New Legislation

Press conference comes amidst startling increase in violent attacks against Asian Americans

Sacramento, CA—Members of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus gathered today to denounce the recent string of violent attacks against Asian Americans and to propose new legislation aimed at addressing this growing crisis.

Assemblymember Chiu Introduces Bill Ahead of Valentine’s Day Allowing Couples to Obtain Marriage Licenses Remotely

Newly introduced legislation provides a more accessible option for issuing marriage licenses

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced a bill today to give couples the ability to have their marriage licenses issued virtually. Announced just ahead of Valentine's Day, Assembly Bill 583 will make the current temporary pandemic policy on remote marriage licenses permanent and create uniform processes for issuing licenses remotely.

Assemblymember Chiu Introduces Bill to Kickstart West Coast Offshore Wind Industry

Legislation will help California meet clean energy goals while creating thousands of new jobs

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu announced a bill today with labor, clean energy, and environmental leaders that would jumpstart the offshore wind industry in California. Assembly Bill 525 would set a state goal of producing 10 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy from offshore wind by 2040 and direct state agencies to undertake a planning process to approve offshore wind infrastructure.

Assemblymember Chiu Introduces Bill to Regulate Police Acquisition of Military Equipment

After summer protests saw police use of military equipment on peaceful demonstrators, legislation will require local approval prior to procuring military equipment

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced a bill today to curb the trend towards increasingly militarized local police departments. Assembly Bill 481 would require local law enforcement agencies to get authorization from their local governing bodies before acquiring military equipment.

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.