Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) touted several new laws that he initiated which will take effect on January 1 -- two involving lawyer-client relationships and two others with housing rights.
(Photos by Margie Ramirez)
Chau spoke at a press conference Wednesday, Dec. 4, and described his successful sponsorship of legislation during his first full year in the Assembly.
One legislative bill ( ACR 56) recognizes May 2013 as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage month.
Among the bills he authored that were signed into law were the following:
- AB 267 - Lawyer Referral Service Confidentiality, extends confidentially to to prospective clients and lawyer referral services.
- AB 381 - Gives courts authority to award attorney's costs and fees for certain seniors who are a victims of financial abuse.
- AB 873 establishes new eligible uses and priorities for funding under the state's Emergency Housing and Assistance Program.
- AB 984 revises the board membership of the California Housing Finance Agency to include members with specific financial expertese and continues the Homebuyers Down Payment Assistance program.
- One proposed Chau bill that was vetoed by the Governor (AB 47) wouild have included Notary Publlics into the defination of mandated reporters of suspected financial abuse of an elder or a dependent adult.
- His proposed Language Access to the Courts (AB 1127) requiring the Judicial Council to establish a working group to review, identify and develop best practices for providing interpreters in civil actions and proceedings was vetoed by the Governor.