2016 Legislation

In 2016, Assemblymember Chiu authored the following 12 bills that were signed into law by the Governor:

Housing Bills to #BringCAHome

AB 723 (Housing Finance) - 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.

AB 2797 (Mission Rock Project) - 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.

AB 2818 (Equitable Taxation for Community Land Trusts) - 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.

AB 2819 (Tenant Protection) - 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.

AB 2820 (Defense against Price Gouging) - 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 Signed Bills

AB 626 (Prompt Payment) - 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 2125 (Healthy Nails) - 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 2349 (Surrogacy Parentage Protection Act) - 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.
 
AB 2374 (Yerba Buena Ramps Project) - Facilitates the construction of a crucial seismic safety project connecting the Bay Bridge with Yerba Buena and Treasure Islands.

AB 2532 (Erasing Anti - Immigrant Language) - 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.

AB 2455 (Student Voting Act) - 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.

AB 2739 (Curran Theatre) - Clarifies a law that set standards for liquor licenses in San Francisco's historic theaters, to encourage San Francisco's lively arts scene.

All of these bills go into effect January 1, 2017.