States Push Their Own Internet Privacy Rules

"Now that Congress has killed internet privacy regulations due to take effect this year, a number of states are weighing their own measures to protect consumers' personal information…So far the state has been quiet on the internet-privacy front, but that will change soon, according to an aide to Assemblyman Ed Chau, a Democrat who heads the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee."

California Today: Weighing a Response on Internet Privacy

Excerpted from the New York Times: "President Trump this month signed a resolution to undo internet privacy rules that would have kept companies like AT&T and Comcast from selling users’ browsing histories and other personal data. Almost immediately, a number of states — among them Washington, Connecticut and Massachusetts — moved to pass new rules that would in effect replicate those nullified by Congress. But California, a pioneer of privacy protections, has so far been silent. That could soon change."

Legislation To Protect Children From Exposure To Marijuana Products Passes Policy Committee

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions approved two bills, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), that are designed to protect children from exposure to marijuana products. AB 175 would establish a packaging and labeling approval process for all edible marijuana products, prior to them being sold in retail stores. AB 76 would prohibit the operator of an Internet Web site or online service, online application, or mobile application from marketing marijuana products or services to a minor, or to a person under the age of twenty-one, in certain circumstances.

Legislation Intended To Improve Mental Health Disparities For Racial And Ethnic Communities’ Passes Policy Committee

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, the Assembly Committee on Health approved AB 850, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which will expand the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) by requiring the Governor to appoint an additional member with knowledge and experience in reducing mental health disparities, especially for racial and ethnic communities. Under current law, the MHSOAC exists to provide oversight for the implementation of Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

California Lawmakers Unanimously Approve State Audit of Montebello Unified School District

“I applaud the decision by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to move forward on the audit of Montebello Unified School District’s financial operations and help officials there to establish a road map to improve governance structures,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park). “The situation that has unraveled in recent months and made headlines across the state, prompting frustrated residents to contact my office, is disheartening, especially when considering the impact of the District’s fiscal situation on students and its employees that are now subject to layoffs.