Legislation Protecting the Elderly Against Finanical Abuse Clears Legislative Hurdles

SACRAMENTO -- Two bills authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) to strengthen California's elder financial abuse laws cleared key legislative hurdles this week. Assembly Bill (AB) 381, which would allow the courts to award attorney's costs and fees to seniors who were victims of elder financial abuse, passed the Assembly Floor and now awaits further review by the Governor. AB 477, which would require notaries public to report instances of suspected elder financial abuse, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and now awaits further review by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Chau Bill to Provide Down Payment Assistance for Homebuyers Clears Senate

Sacramento – Assembly Bill (AB) 984, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), passed the State Senate on a 38-0 vote. This bill makes a number of important changes to the California Housing Finance Agency’s (CalHFA) statutes. Specifically, it gives CalHFA the authority to directly fund down payment assistance loans done in conjunction with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) first mortgages. Furthermore, it states that down payment assistance loans do not need to be repaid upon the sale or refinance of the home, if the home is insured by an FHA first mortgage.

Chau Bill Aimed At Providing Greater Access To Justice Clears Final Policy Hurdle

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill (AB) 1127, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), passed the Senate Committee on Judiciary on a 5-2 vote. This bill would require the Judicial Council to establish a California Language Access Task Force charged with developing a comprehensive statewide Language Access Plan (LAP) for use by courts to address the needs of all limited-English-proficient (LEP) individuals in conformance with state and federal law.