Caucus News

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Portantino Meets with Governor Brown, Talks 710 Tunnel

July 24, 2017

Sacramento, CA:  Last week, 25th District State Senator Anthony J. Portantino personally delivered to Governor Brown thousands of signatures on the No 710 Tunnel petition, rolling out an impressive scroll of signatures that activists opposed to the freeway tunnel have been collecting for several years. 

Senator Henry Stern

Senator Henry Stern’s Bill to Protect Child Victims of Sexual Violence Signed by Governor Brown

July 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Henry Stern’s SB 756, which will provide restitution for mental health services to young sexual abuse victims, has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown after receiving unanimous approval from members of both the State Assembly and Senate. SB 756 is the freshman Senator’s first measure sent to the Governor and signed into law.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Governor Brown signs Wieckowski bill on transit-oriented development near BART stations

July 21, 2017

Sacramento – Sen. Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to provide more transit-oriented developments and affordable housing near BART stations was signed today by Governor Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 680 is supported by affordable housing advocates throughout the Bay Area.

SB 680 extends the boundaries where BART can pursue commercial, residential or mixed-use development from a quarter mile to a half-mile of its stations.  The move is consistent with policies for other transit village developments in California.

Senator Steven Bradford

Governor Brown Signs SB 621 Ensuring Exempt Part-Time Teachers in Private Schools Receive Fair Pay

July 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 621 into law. Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) introduced SB 621 to make certain that part-time teachers in private schools receive their justly-deserved compensation at the same rate as full-time teachers.

“I am pleased that California teachers working part-time for private schools will receive fair pay,” said Bradford.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Freeway Direction Signs for Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Approved by the California Legislature

July 21, 2017

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Senator Holly J. Mitchell

July 20, 2017: Watch Sen. Holly J. Mitchell 'roll' with the Christmas spirit

July 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES (July 15, 2017) -- Sen. Holly J. Mitchell gets things rolling as she takes a turn or two (or three) in the rolling hamster cage, one of several activities offered during last weekend's Christmas in July event. For more, click HERE: (Photo by Charles Steward; video by Ray Sotero).

Senator Josh Newman

Senator Newman’s “Purple Heart Day” Resolution to Honor Soldiers Wounded or Killed in Service Adopted in Senate

July 20, 2017

Sacramento, CA – The  State Senate voted unanimously today to adopt Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 55, authored by Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), to commemorate August 7, 2017 as “Purple Heart Day” in the state of California. “Purple Heart Day” honors the brave men and women who have been wounded or killed in battle. SCR 55 was adopted in the Senate with enthusiastic bipartisan support.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Federal Bail Reform Effort Echoes SB 10

July 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, commended U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., for introducing federal legislation today aimed at encouraging states to replace money bail with pretrial risk assessments, as he has proposed in SB 10.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson to Hold Informational Hearing Tomorrow On Preparing For California's Next Mega-Quake

July 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, will hold an informational hearing tomorrow titled: “California’s Next Mega-Quake: Assessing the State’s Preparedness and Response Strategy,” in the State Capitol, Room 3191, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The hearing is the first of a two-part series on mega-quakes – infrequent, large-magnitude earthquakes -- as well as state, regional, and local efforts to prepare and respond to such a quake.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Stop Irrelevant Disclosures of Immigration Status in Open Court

July 18, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to protect immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court. SB 785 requires that any discussion or questioning about the immigration status of any witness, victim, or defendant first be deemed by a judge to be relevant to the subject of the litigation.