Press Releases

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

As fire risk increases in California, legislation would improve environmental safety for the public, first responders, and construction workers

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced a bill today to reduce toxins in our environment and lessen health risks for firefighters by banning the use of hazardous, combustible plastic pipes in new public buildings. Assembly Bill 3015 would require construction contracts for state buildings to specify that plumbing pipes must be noncombustible.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Legislation would allow public dental schools to access federal funding for clinics serving special needs patients

San Francisco, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced a bill today to maximize public funding for special needs dental clinics. Assembly Bill 2146 would create a mechanism for dental clinics at public universities to access federal matching dollars to increase access to dental care for Californians with developmental disabilities and other special health care needs.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Legislation would take immediate action towards transit operator integration leading to a more reliable experience for riders

San Francisco, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill today to create a more seamless, unified Bay Area transit system. Assembly Bill 2057 would instruct Bay Area transit agencies to implement immediate, achievable steps to move toward a more seamless rider experience, and the bill would create a task force to work towards larger, structural changes that would lead to fuller integration among transit operators.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Legislation would provide nearly $500 million annually to address homelessness in California

 

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced a bill today to create a permanent source of funding to address homelessness by eliminating the mortgage interest deduction (MID) on vacation homes and reforming the MID on primary homes. Assembly Bill 1905 would use the savings accumulated by reforming these tax policies to create the Housing and Homelessness Response Fund to finance homelessness policy solutions across the state.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Law will maximize affordable housing funding by allowing developments to be denser and taller

Los Angeles, CA—A bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to boost affordable housing production in California was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom today. Assembly Bill 1763 will allow for taller and denser 100 percent affordable housing developments through the creation of an enhanced affordable housing density bonus. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Law will provide emergency grants for students with unforeseen financial hardships

Sacramento, CA--A bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) that would provide community college students with emergency financial aid was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom today. Assembly Bill 943 would allow community colleges to administer emergency grants to help stabilize students in financial crisis in order to continue their education.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Proposal to combat housing crisis by protecting renters from large rent increases and unfair evictions advances

Sacramento, CA--A major renter protection bill aimed at keeping struggling California tenants in their housing passed the Senate floor today by a 25-10 vote. Assembly Bill 1482 would cap annual rent increases and give renters added eviction protections.