In 2016, Assemblymember Chiu authored the following 18 bills that were signed into law by the Governor:
Housing Bills Signed to #BringCAHome
Expedites the delivery of $114 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, modernizes California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) rent and income occupancy standards, and provides flexibility to CalHFA to finance housing developments that meet the needs of low-income renters who earn between 60 and 80 percent of the area median income.
Facilitates the creation of the new Mission Rock neighborhood in San Francisco. Mission Rock will consist of 8 acres of parks and 1,500 apartment units—40 percent for low-to middle-income individuals and families—as well as up to 1.3 million square feet of office space and 250,000 square feet of retail. The project, to be built in anticipation of sea level rise, is scheduled to complete environmental review in 2017.
Incentivizes the creation of Community Land Trusts (CLTs), an affordable and innovative type of homeownership, by establishing a fair property valuation process for them. Thanks to the San Francisco Community Land Trust for your leadership in this area.
Prevents innocent tenants facing an eviction lawsuit from having their credit tarnished and future housing opportunities jeopardized by keeping tenants’ court records private unless the landlord prevails in the lawsuit. Previously, tenants could be blacklisted if their cases were not resolved within 60 days, even if they ultimately won the eviction lawsuit.
Expands protections in state law for tenants and others by prohibiting price gouging of housing and other services during declared emergencies like gas leaks, wildfires and earthquakes.
Other Bills Signed
Closes a loophole in contracting law that has prevented contractors that performed extra work for public works programs from being promptly paid, by established a process to resolve disputes expeditiously.
AB 1066 ensures that agricultural employees are paid overtime compensation after eight hours of work in a day or 40 in a week in a phased in implementation. Coauthor with Assemblymember Gonzalez-Fletcher.
Assembly Bill 1135 closed the “bullet button” loophole that allowed military-style assault rifles to be sold legally in California. It also required registration of weapons which now fall under the new definition of assault weapons. Principal coauthor with Assemblymember Levine.
AB 1511 closed a loophole in state laws that allowed anyone to borrow a firearm from an acquaintance for up to 30 days without a background check. The bill specified that the infrequent loan of a firearm may only be made to family members. Joint author with Assemblymember Santiago.
AB 1732 ensures that everyone can access single occupancy restrooms, regardless of gender. The practice of restricting access to single-occupancy restrooms by gender creates problems of safety, fairness, and convenience. This burden disproportionately impacts members of the LGBT community, women, and parents or caretakers of dependents of the opposite gender. AB 1732 resolves this issue by requiring all single-occupancy restrooms to be designated as "all gender." Principal coauthor with Assemblymember Ting.
Creates statewide program guidelines to help cities and counties incentivize nail salons to use products that are less toxic and to adopt practices safer for workers and customers - building on the innovative model established by the San Francisco Healthy Nail Salon Program.
AB 2329 required the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene a strategic implementation advisory panel to develop recommendations for a computer science strategic implementation plan. Principal coauthor with Assemblymember Bonilla.
Protects parents of children conceived through surrogacy in California – including many same-sex couples who rely on reproductive assistance to start their families – from having their rights violated in other states.
Facilitates the construction of a crucial seismic safety project connecting the Bay Bridge with Yerba Buena and Treasure Islands.
Repeals an outdated law that had required employment service agencies to verify an individual’s immigration status, which was passed during the anti-immigrant era leading to the passage of the notorious Proposition 187.
Increase voter registration and civic engagement among California students by creating an online link between class enrollment and voter registration for the three million students in California’s public college and university systems. The winner of our Assembly office’s inaugural “There Ought to Be a Law” program, the bill was proposed by two UC Berkeley Law Students, including Mission resident Paul Monge.
Clarifies a law that set standards for liquor licenses in San Francisco’s historic theaters to encourage San Francisco’s lively arts scene.
SB 1107 permits local governments or the state, if they so choose, to enact laws that create public campaign financing programs, as long as they meet specified requirements for fairness and accountability. Principal coauthor with Senator Allen.