California Legislative Session Ends with Victories for Assemblymember Holden

The 2018-2019 legislative session has officially ended. Six of Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bills were signed into law, while two were incorporated into the state budget earlier this summer. Holden’s legislative and budget victories make progress in the areas of public health, criminal justice reform, social justice and education. Two bills authored by Holden were vetoed.

Holden’s legislation victories include:

  • AB 2370 – Expands lead testing in drinking water within California’s child care centers.
  • AB 2423 – Allows a student with a disability to be treated by a physical therapist beyond the 45 day restriction.
  • AB 2599 – Requires law enforcement to tell a person what expungement or record sealing options are available to them upon release from jail.
  • AB 2664 – Helps ensure accurate record keeping of court proceedings by giving every party a right to a certified shorthand court reporter.
  • AB 2705 – Increases the statute of limitations to prosecute unlicensed contractors who are employing workers without workers’ compensation insurance to two years.
  • AB 2918 – Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to include information in the California Driver’s Handbook regarding a person’s civil rights during a traffic stop.

Holden budget victories include:

  • $25 million dollar increase in the State budget (that would be matched with federal funds) for bridge funding to retain vital services for individuals and families living with disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities.
  • Expanding dual enrollment opportunities to California’s charter schools.

In August, Assemblymember Holden co-chaired the Wildfire Preparedness and Response Legislative Conference Committee that passed legislation which was signed into law. The reforms passed will provide comprehensive safety solutions to protect ratepayers, make the electric system safer, and stabilize the utilities.

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution 250, authored by Holden, will memorialize the area around the Foothill Bridge collapse of 1972 was also chaptered into state law.