Caucus News

Senator Ed Hernandez

Statement: Senator Hernandez on Pharma’s Challenge of SB 17

December 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America initiated litigation challenging Senate Bill 17.

Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. issued the following statement:

“This lawsuit is just another example of Big Pharma refusing to accept any responsibility for the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs. The idea that anyone other than drug companies is responsible for price increases is absurd. I’m confident the law will be upheld.”


Senator Ben Hueso

Natural Resources Agency Issues RFI for Water Importation to Salton Sea

December 8, 2017

Imperial Valley, CA – December 8, 2017 – The California Natural Resources Agency today issued a Request for Information (RFI) focused on the importation of water to the Salton Sea. The purpose of this RFI is to attract new ideas that will complement current statewide recovery efforts.


The RFI can be found on the Natural Resource Agency’s website at: The submission period is open through March 9, 2018.


Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Dec. 8, 2018: Nine Sen. Holly J. Mitchell bills helping youths, reforming criminal justice take effect Jan. 1, 2018

December 8, 2017

Measures are among five biggest accomplishments of the year

SACRAMENTO – Protecting foster children and reforming the juvenile and criminal justice systems to put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion are among the nine new laws by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Hertzberg Statement on California Senate Leadership Transition

December 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, released the following statement on Thursday regarding the announcement that Senator Toni G. Atkins will succeed Senator Kevin de León as Senate President pro Tempore:

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Statement on Senator Toni Atkins Becoming the New Leader of the California State Senate

December 7, 2017

San Francisco –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement about Senator Toni Atkins, who will become the new President pro Tempore of the California State Senate in January:

Senator Toni Atkins

Senator Atkins Issues Statement on California Senate Leadership Transition

December 7, 2017

Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on the transition of leadership in the state Senate:

“Today, I am humbled by the trust my colleagues have placed in me, and I intend to earn that trust every day by working tirelessly and inclusively to keep California a place of opportunity for everyone. 

Senator Kevin de León

Statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Regarding Leadership Transition

December 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement today:


"For nearly four years, it's been a profound honor to lead a unified, progressive and collaborative California State Senate.  Together, we've put the public interest over individual ambitions and made enduring progress on behalf of millions of Californians.

“Unfinished work remains - and so does our Senate's important tradition of seamless and peaceful leadership transitions.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Survey of state projects finds CEQA is not a barrier

December 7, 2017

Sacramento – Over 90 percent of the thousands of projects done by 47 state agencies between 2011-12 and 2015-16 were exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), strongly suggesting the environmental law is not a barrier to the completion of important projects.  

Senator Bill Monning

California Boater Safety Cards Mandatory as of January 1, 2018

December 6, 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Senate Bill (SB) 941, authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) in 2014 will go into law on January 1, 2018.  The bill requires boaters to pass a boating education examination and obtain a vessel operator card in order to operate a motorized boat in California.  The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DWB) is now accepting Boater Card applications.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Hertzberg Comments on Creek Fire Burning near Sylmar, Offers Evacuation Updates

December 5, 2017

VAN NUYS – Early this morning, a brush fire erupted shortly before 4 a.m. near Gold Creek and Little Tujunga roads in Sylmar. By mid-day, the fire had expanded to more than 11,000 acres with little to no containment. Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, has been in touch with Los Angeles fire and public safety officials, as well as local elected officials, to offer assistance and spread the word about evacuation orders and the latest news on the rapidly evolving situation.