Assemblymember Chiu Affordable Housing Bills Pass Senate Transportation & Housing Committee

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

AB 73 rewards cities for upfront planning and environmental work and AB 74 takes innovative approach to tackling homelessnes

These are 2 of 18 Chiu bills passed by the Assembly now moving through the Senate

Sacramento, CA—Two bills authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) that will address the affordable housing and homelessness crises in California today passed the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. Assembly Bills 73 and 74 address the housing affordability crisis by, respectively, incentivizing local governments to zone for more housing and by taking an innovative approach to helping individuals who are chronically homeless.

“Every Californian deserves a safe, affordable home. The affordable housing crisis threatens our state’s economic prosperity and deepens inequality,” said Assemblymember Chiu, Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. “There is no single solution to resolve the crisis. My colleagues and I have put forward solutions to increase funding, incentivize and streamline housing creation.”

AB 73 now heads to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee; AB 74 goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

About Assembly Bills 73 and 74

AB 73 | Sustainable Housing District Creation
(Chiu; Joint authors: Caballero, Bonta, and Kalra; Co-authors: Mullin, Ting, Santiago, Berman, and Gloria)
AB 73 will increase the production of market rate and affordable housing by providing local governments with financial incentives for creating "Housing Sustainability Districts" - overlay districts to streamline the residential development process in areas with existing infrastructure and transit. Local governments would also get financial incentives when once they permit housing units within a district.

AB 74 | Housing for a Healthy California
(Chiu; Joint authors: Santiago, and Bonta; Co-author: Mullin, Berman, and Gloria)
AB 74 creates the Housing for a Healthy California Program to pay for the cost of housing homeless individuals on Medi-Cal who receive services through the Whole Person Care pilot program, Health Homes, or some other county controlled funding source. The goal of the program is to reduce the health care costs of chronically homeless individuals on Medi-Cal by paying for them to be housed.

Below is a summary of other bills authored by Assemblymember Chiu that are currently moving through the Legislature.

AB 71 | Bring California Home Act of 2017
AB 71 creates a permanent source of funding for affordable housing by eliminating the state mortgage interest deduction on vacation homes. The state would use this revenue to leverage additional federal affordable housing funds for a total of $1 billion. We need to ensure everyone has a roof over their head before we provide tax breaks to help some people have two roofs [this bill is not subject to the normal legislative deadlines and is on the Assembly Floor].

AB 41 | Fixing The Rape Kit Backlog
The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act requires local law enforcement agencies to track the handling of sexual assault evidence kits and to provide annual reports to the California Department of Justice. This improved tracking will help inform policy makers and provide victims with information about their case that they deserve to know.

AB 291 | Immigrant Tenant Protection Act
AB 291 enacts the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act of 2017, to establish various protections and safeguards against the unauthorized disclosure of tenants' immigration or citizenship status to federal immigration authorities or other parties, as well as potential harassment, retaliation, or discrimination against tenants based on their actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status.

AB 391| Expanding Medi-Cal Asthma Coverage
AB 391 better delivers care for low-income Medi-Cal beneficiaries with asthma by expanding access to preventive services. Specifically, this bill permits Medi-Cal to cover and pay for education and environmental services by non-licensed providers. Such services have been shown to reduce healthcare costs, eliminate health disparities, and improve health outcomes.

AB 415 | Increasing Employment through Social Enterprise
AB 415 ensures that the CalFresh program is working with employment social enterprises to leverage the best economic outcome for program participants. A direct collaboration between CFET and employment social enterprises will provide the working poor with extra support, resulting in holistic job readiness. Additionally, this would help California to meet its federal SNAP work participation rate goals by increasing the number of families in the programs that are employed.

AB 450 | Immigrant Worker Protection Act
AB 450 protects immigrant workers in the workplace by preventing ICE from conducting raids that violate basic constitutional rights. The bill requires employers to get a warrant before allowing ICE on a worksite and a subpoena before turning over personal employee information.

AB 546 | Streamlining Energy Storage Permits
AB 546 helps the state more effectively use renewable energy by making local permitting of energy storage technology easier. The bill encourages the Office of Planning and Research to develop guidance for energy storage permitting and allows for electronic submission of permit documents.

AB 587 | California Drug Costs Reduction Act
Establishes the California Pharmaceutical Collaborative to identify and implement strategies to achieve statewide cost savings on pharmaceuticals. AB 587 examines and makes recommendations in policy, local outreach, procurement, and clinical methods, and Investigates and implements unexplored strategies to achieve the greatest savings on pharmaceuticals, such as joining a multi-state purchasing consortium or establishing a statewide public Pharmaceutical Benefit Manager.

AB 677 | Protecting LGBT Communities Through Voluntary Data Collection
AB 677 would help California reduce disparities faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities by requiring state agencies to collect voluntarily provided sexual orientation and gender identity data when collecting other demographic data.

AB 829 | Fixing the Jobs and Housing Balance
AB 829 would help understand the imbalance between jobs and housing by requiring that a local government’s annual progress report on its housing element also include information about the relationship between jobs and housing. Better understanding this problem will lead to the ability to correct it.

AB 836 | Cold Pressed Juice Technology Adaptation
AB 836 clarifies decades old bulk food safety laws to ensure that modern automated juice vending machines can be operated in California. In doing so, we can provide fresh and healthy foods to customers where brick-and-mortar locations may not be an option. The adapts the code to reflect emerging vending technologies and supports California-based businesses.

AB 954 | Reducing Food Waste Through Label Standardization
AB 954 reduces food waste and help consumers make informed decisions when making food purchases, by creating standardized guidelines for food date labels that better describe food freshness and safety.

AB 1019 | Fair And Open Public Contracts
AB 1019 ensures local governments continue to utilize fair and open construction bidding practices on public works projects by making sure the commission that oversees these agencies is adequately staffed.

AB 1121 | Expanding Bay Area Ferry Transit
As the Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) plans to increase the number of ferry terminals it operates two-fold in the next 20 years, AB 1121 provides the board with increased flexibility and more expansive regional representation by expanding the board from five to nine members.

AB 1159 | Cannabis and Attorneys
AB 1159 protects access to legal representation by clarifying that attorney-client privilege extends to clients engaged in the cannabis industry and that contracts regarding the lawful operation of a cannabis business are legal.

AB 1423 | Open Housing Data to Uncover Shortages
AB 1423 helps develop more comprehensive statewide housing data to help the state to identify the causes of and potential solutions to the housing shortage by requiring charter cities to submit Annual Progress Reports.

AB 1468 | Emergency Financial Aid for Community College Students
AB 1468 helps community college students continue to pursue their educational goals despite unexpected financial emergencies by enabling community colleges to provide small emergency grants.


Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) is the Chair of the Housing & Community Development Committee of the California State Assembly. He represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco.