Holden is the author of a series of bills and secured public library holdings during the 2021 legislative session – Pasadena Now
Six major bills drafted by Assembly Member Chris Holden D-Pasadena were enacted during this legislative session.
On September 30, Gov. Gavin Newsom enacted Holden’s House Bill 26, which sets out clear guidelines on police responsibility and accountability when witnessing a recourse. excessive force by another member of the police force.
The measure, known as the “George Floyd Act”, specifically requires police officers to intervene when they witness excessive use of force by their colleagues and to report the incident to a dispatcher or commanding officer. quarter.
Holden, who previously served on Pasadena City Council, introduced the bill in response to the murder of George Floyd, 46, by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Michael Chauvin in May 2020.
Floyd died after Chauvin tackled him to the ground using his knee during a meet. His murder sparked a series of protests across the country, including in Pasadena.
Another public security measure introduced by Holden and signed by Newsom was AB 229, which requires the use of force training for private security. The bill was intended to ensure that officers providing private security services received appropriate training to avoid unnecessary damage or the death of others.
It also requires private patrol operators to report any physical use of force or violence on any person by a security guard within seven working days.
The bill was introduced in response to the deaths of Mario Matthews and Angel Zapata Hernández in 2019 following the use of lethal force by private security.
AB 229 requires the Office of Security and Investigative Services to develop a mandatory training curriculum and courses on the appropriate use of force for employees of private security services in consultation with the Standards and Training Commission peace officers.
AB 948 is another bill drafted by Holden that was signed by Newsom this legislative session. The bill aims to tackle the alleged discrimination against black homeowners.
Introducing the bill, Holden claimed that black Americans were having their homes valued for less money than their white neighbors.
AB 948 would require the Bureau of California Real Estate Appraisals to collect data on demographic information from buyers and sellers of property and compile data from owners of protected classes who file complaints based on low valuations.
The law also requires assessors to undergo anti-bias training when renewing their licenses.
Newsom also signed Holden’s AB 100 law which prohibits the manufacture and sale of water faucets and accessories containing excess lead. The new law limits the amount of lead escaping from faucets and appliances to a maximum of one microgram, which is five times lower than the current industry standard.
Holden’s AB 242 and 1297 were also promulgated by Newsom. AB 242 expands the definition of “covered forest fire” to pay property damage claims through the Wildfire Fund in which an electricity company is involved while AB 1297 extends the authority of funding from California Infrastructure and Economic Bank to include housing projects.
Meanwhile, Holden has also achieved local victories thanks to a budget bill approved last June, which is AB 129, known as the Budget Bill. Local bills include $ 4 million for the Pasadena Central Library, $ 1.6 million for the Pasadena Playhouse, $ 1 million for a study of the Gold Line extension at the Hollywood-Burbank Airport and $ 250,000 for the Altadena Central Library District.
The budget also provides funding for a nurse consultant at a public school within the Department of Education, and funding of $ 89.9 million for developmental service providers to increase to $ 1.2 billion. over the next five years.