Key Chiu Bills Clear Senate Appropriations Committee

Thursday, August 20, 2020

COVID-19 eviction and foreclosure prevention legislation among the bills moving forward

Sacramento, CA--Three bills authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) cleared a crucial legislative hurdle today when they came off of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s suspense file. The bills would prevent evictions and foreclosures in the wake of COVID-19, compel the gun industry to adopt new safety features, and soften the impacts of board and care facility closures. 

One of the priority bills to advance was Assembly Bill 1436, which would address the looming eviction and foreclosure crisis. As the economic fallout from COVID-19 leaves millions of Californians vulnerable, Assembly Bill 1436 would prevent evictions for non-payment of rent and grant struggling property owners mortgage forbearance.

“California is facing a tsunami of evictions and foreclosures if we do not act,” said Assemblymembers Chiu. “This bill is a balanced approach to ensure we avoid mass displacement and increased homelessness during the pandemic.”

An effort to reduce gun fatalities in California, Assembly Bill 2847, also passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today. The bill would strengthen the Unsafe Handgun Act (UHA) and open up the use of microstamping technology in order to solve firearm-related crimes.

“The only reason anyone would oppose these commonsense, crime-solving tools is if they want to get away with a crime,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “It is long past time that the gun industry incorporate these life-saving tools into their products.”

As Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, Assemblymember Chiu saw a key measure advance that would mitigate the impact of Adult Residential Facility (ARF) closures and help support residents at risk of homelessness. Assembly Bill 2377 would give local governments more tools to prevent ARF closures and would require ARF owners to give residents more time and help with relocation before a facility is allowed to close.  

“In the wake of COVID-19, Adult Residential Facility closures will leave already vulnerable residents at risk of homelessness and harm our public health efforts,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “Giving cities more tools to stop these closures can go a long way towards ensuring residents are housed and are cared for.”

Assembly Bill 3040 and Assembly Bill 3269, which would have addressed California’s housing and homelessness crises, were held in the Senate Appropriations Committee today. AB 3040 would have increased housing production in California by giving local governments additional RHNA credits if they up-zone single-family parcels to allow four housing units per parcel by-right. AB 3269 would have required state and local governments to assess the necessary resources to address homelessness in California and create plans to reduce homelessness to functional zero by 2030.

“I am disappointed that these substantive, consensus measures will not move forward this year,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “We cannot let up on our efforts to address the housing and homelessness crises amidst this pandemic.”

AB 1436, AB 2847, and AB 2377 will now move on to the Senate Floor for votes next week.

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