Press Releases

EDD Reform Bills Pass First Committee

Legislation advanced would alleviate the issues faced by millions of Californians in accessing unemployment benefits during the pandemic

Sacramento, CA--Three bills aimed at reforming the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) unemployment insurance (UI) program passed the Assembly Insurance Committee today. The bills that advanced are part of a broader legislative package announced in February that would enact crucial oversight and consumer protection measures, ensure claimants get timely access to benefits, and address fraud.

Chiu Bill to Boost Substance Use Disorder Workforce Passes First Committee

Legislation would combat opioid and substance use crisis by increasing number of substance use counselors in California

Sacramento, CA—Legislation authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to address the shortage of substance use disorder (SUD) counselors and clinicians in California passed the Assembly Health Committee today. AB 666 would create a pipeline of 1,000 new substance use disorder counselors by funding tuition assistance, testing and fee waivers, and a comprehensive analysis of needs in the SUD workforce community.

Assemblymember Chiu Announces Bill to Reform California Government IT Infrastructure

Legislation would give California Department of Technology authority to centralize and modernize IT service offerings

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced today he introduced a bill to reform information technology (IT) infrastructure in California state government. Assembly Bill 1323 would give the California Department of Technology (CDT) authority to proactively modernize and centralize IT offerings across state departments and agencies.

Assemblymember Chiu Announces Bill to Strengthen Health Care Patient Right to Privacy

Legislation would ensure communications about sensitive health care services are automatically confidential

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced today he introduced a bill to expand and protect patient confidentiality in California. Assembly Bill 1184 would require health insurance companies to establish protocols that automatically protect the privacy of patients who access sensitive health care services.

Assemblymember Chiu Announces Bill to Strengthen Health Care Patient Right to Privacy

Legislation would ensure communications about sensitive health care services are automatically confidential

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced today he introduced a bill to expand and protect patient confidentiality in California. Assembly Bill 1184 would require health insurance companies to establish protocols that automatically protect the privacy of patients who access sensitive health care services.

Assemblymember Chiu Introduces Bill to Hold Cities Accountable for Housing Production Goals

Legislation will target under-performing housing production cities to address California’s housing shortage

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced a bill today that would ensure cities follow through on their local housing plans and are accountable for meeting their housing goals. Assembly Bill 215 would provide more oversight on local housing production progress and put under-performing cities on a pathway to becoming high-performing housing production cities.

Assemblymember Chiu Statement on Nomination of Rob Bonta for California Attorney General

Assemblymember David Chiu (D - San Francisco) today issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom announced he would nominate Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) as California Attorney General:

“I could not be more pleased and excited for my good friend Rob Bonta. Rob is and always has been a fighter for justice. I have no doubt he will use his authority as California’s next Attorney General to stand up for what is right and protect Californians at every turn.

Chiu Bill to Ensure Transgender and Nonbinary College Students’ Diplomas Reflect Identity Passes Committee

Legislation would prevent “deadnaming” on college diplomas

Sacramento, CA—Legislation authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to give students at California public colleges, especially transgender and nonbinary students, the ability to have their chosen names printed on their diplomas passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee today. Assembly Bill 245 will ensure diplomas do not “deadname” or call the graduate by the name they were assigned at birth rather than the name they use.

Assemblymember Chiu Announces Bill to Create Seamless Bay Area Transit System

Legislation would take immediate action towards greater transit agency coordination leading to a more reliable, appealing experience for riders

Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced today he introduced a bill to create a more seamless, integrated Bay Area transit system. Assembly Bill 629 would instruct Bay Area transit agencies to take short-term, immediate steps towards coordination and integration by establishing a fare integration pilot program, creating a regional transit map and wayfinding system, using real-time transit data to improve rider experience, and identifying a transit priority network to get buses moving faster.

Chiu Bill Allowing Remote Marriage Licenses Passes First Committee

Legislation provides a more accessible option for issuing marriage licenses

Sacramento, CA—Legislation authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to give couples the ability to have marriage licenses issued virtually passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee today. Assembly Bill 583 will extend the current temporary pandemic policy on remote marriage licenses and create uniform processes for issuing licenses remotely.