Assemblymember Edwin Chau, 49th District " RIGHT on RIGHTS "
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(SAN GABRIEL, CALIFORNIA) Assemblymember Dr. Edwin Chau was first elected to represent the 49th California State Assembly District in November 2012. He was sworn in on December 3rd, 2012. Edwin Chau fulfilled his commitment to former Assemblymember Dr. Mike Eng, Congresswoman Dr.
Judy Chu (D-CA 27th District), and Election Diversity Community expectations. Plus, Asian American and Chinese American hundred years historical contributions to the United States of America were endorsed by AB2864, ACR125 and signed into law.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 Assemblymember Chau held a press conference in San Gabriel Hilton Hotel to discuss bills from his 2016 legislative bill package, many of which will become new laws effective January 1, 2017.
“I worked on a number of issues this year that impact my constituents and their daily lives,” said Assemblymember Chau. “Some of the legislation I authored will protect the public from credit card fraud; provide tax relief to mobilehome owners, so they can properly title their homes; establish privacy protections for preschool and pre-kindergarten students; ensure that teenagers are protected from cyber sexual bullying; and make sure students are taught about the historical contributions and challenges of Chinese Americans.” Speakers Included Sheila Pott, The Audrie Pott Foundation, Suellen Cheng, Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Los Angeles Lodge, Craig Cheslog, Common Sense Kids Action, Angela Godwin, Ventura County Sealer,Navneet Grewal, Western Center on Law & Poverty.
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a total of 13 bills authored by Assemblymember Chau. Some of the bills highlighted in the press conference included:
1. Assembly Bill (AB) 587 (HOUSING) – Mobilehomes This bill will establish a tax abatement program for mobile homeowners who are unable to transfer title of their homes into their names due to tax delinquencies that may have been incurred by prior owners. The abatement program would run for three years, beginning on January 1, 2017. Sponsors:California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation; Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League; and Western Center on Law and Poverty. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 396, Statutes of 2016.)
2. AB1920 - Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) - This bill will provide TCAC the legislative authority to levy fines fro non-compliance with the terms and conditions, the regulatory agreement, or program regulations of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. Sponsor: California State Treasurer John Chiang. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 611, Statutes of 2016.)
3. AB 2307 (PRIVACY) – Card Skimmers – This bill will protect consumers from credit card fraud and identity theft at the gas pump by requiring service agents, within 24 hours, to report to their county sealer or law enforcement any credit card skimming devices found in the course of their work. Sponsor: California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 329, Statutes of 2016.)
4. AB 2427 - Coroner Photos and Expert Witnesses - This bill will add two procedural efficiencies to the Code of Civil Procedure to make litigation more productive for the litigants, lawyers, and courts. The first section of the bill allows legal heirs to access coroner's photos of their deceased relative upon providing written authorization. The second section of the bill will require materials, reports, writings and passwords to any electronically stored information that is password protected or otherwise inaccessible, of experts demanded to be produced in deposition notices, to be produced not less than three business days prior to the deposition of the expert. Sponsors: California Defense Counsel and Consumer Attorneys of California. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 467, Statutes of 2016.)
5. AB 2536 (EDUCATION) – Cyber Sexual Bullying – This bill will add “cyber sexual bullying” to the definition of bullying via an electronic act, and requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to include information on cyber sexual bullying on the California Healthy Kids Resource Center internet website and other appropriate CDE internet website where information about discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying is posted. Finally, school districts would be encouraged to inform pupils regarding the available information on the dangers and consequences of cyber sexual bullying to help reduce the instances of it. Sponsor: Author. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 419, Statutes of 2016.)
6. AB 2609 - Educational Conference Advertising - This bill will protect school-aged children from directly receiving potentially misleading solicitations from for - profit companies to attend "prestige conferences" by requiring these companies to address and deliver all marketing materials directly to the parents instead of the student and to disclose that it is a solicitation, the criteria used for selection, an itemized list of program costs. Sponsor: Author (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 185, Statues of 2016.)
7. AB 2799(PRIVACY)– Early Learning Personal Information Protection Act (ELPIPA) – This bill, commencing on 99July 1, 2017, will impose privacy protections on internet web sites, online services, online applications, or mobile applications that are designed, marketed and used primarily by pupils enrolled in preschool and pre-kindergarten. Sponsor: Common Sense Kids Action. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 620, Statutes of 2016.)
8. AB2828 - Personal Information Privacy Breach - This bill will require business and government agencies to provide a notice to affected consumers in the event of a data breach where encrypted Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is disclosed, if there is a reasonable belief that encryption keys or security credentials were also compromised and could render the PII readable or useable. Sponsor: Author. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 337, Statutes of 2016.)
9. AB 2843 - Modernizing the California Public Records Act (CPRA) - This bill will extend the privacy protections, currently afforded to state and school district employees, to all public employees. It also extends the limitation on disclosure of personal information to personal cellular telephone numbers and birth dates, and makes a corresponding change to the portion of CPRA concerning provision of contact information for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers to exclusive bargaining agents and labor organizations seeking representation rights. Sponsor: Author. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 830, Statutes of 2016.)
10. AB 2864 (EDUCATION) – School Curriculum: Chinese Exclusion Act / Establishment of Transcontinental Railroad– This bill will require the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the contributions of Chinese Americans to the establishment of the Transcontinental Railroad to be considered for inclusion in curriculum when the State Board of Education revises and adopts the History-Social Science curriculum framework on or after January 1, 2017. It also encourages all state and local professional development activities to provide teachers with content background and resources to assist them in teaching about these topics. Sponsor: Author. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 648, Statutes of 2016.)
11. ACR 125 - Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month - This resolution declared May 2016 as "Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month" to recognize the achievements, contributions and history of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Sponsor: Author. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 62, Statutes of 2016.)
12. ACR 148 - California Law Revisions Commission (CLRC) - This resolution renewed the CLRC's existing authority to study specified topics and authorized a new topic for study; a non-substantive clean-up and reorganization of the California Public Records Act. Sponsor: Author. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 150, Statues of 2016.)
13. ACR 203 - Digital Citizenship Week - This resolution recognizes the week of October 16, 2016 to October 22, 2016, as Digital Citizenship Week to raise awareness about the importance of Digital Citizenship as a set of defined, teachable skills for children in the 21st century. Sponsor: Common Sense Kinds Action. (Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. chapter 194, Statues of 2016.)
Assemblymember Dr. Edwin Chau represents the 49th Assembly District, comprised of the communities of Alhambra, Arcadia, El Monte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City and portions of Montebello, and South El Monte.