Caucus News

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bill To Ensure Healthy After School Programs for Kids Advances

June 22, 2017

SB 55 seeks to build on an existing program created by Jackson legislation to prevent childhood obesity

SACRAMENTO – A bill by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to extend a program that encourages healthy eating and exercise in California’s after school programs passed out of the Assembly Education Committee on a bipartisan vote and now heads to Senate Appropriations Committee. The vote was 6-0.

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Leader de León on U.S. Senate Health Care Bill

June 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement after United States Senate Republicans unveiled their plan to reform U.S. healthcare policy.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

June 22, 2017: Legislature sends governor first in package of criminal justice-reform bills

June 22, 2017

Senate Bill 355 by Sens. Mitchell and Lara now goes to Gov. Brown                                                                                                                          
SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature sent Gov. Brown the first in a package of criminal justice-reform bills seeking to improve public safety, save taxpayers money and put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Release: Senate Health Leader Implores Majority Leader McConnell to Learn from California’s Health Care Success

June 22, 2017

Senator Hernandez also asks for transparency and a diversity of opinions through the process

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Senate Health Leader called for the U.S. Senate to conduct transparent proceedings for their version of health care reform and implored federal leaders to learn from California’s success with the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Richard Pan

On ASK Day, Dr. Pan & The Brady Campaign Remind Parents to ASK: “Is There an Unlocked Gun in Your House?”

June 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO– Parents joined with Dr. Richard Pan, the California Brady Campaign and other community members outside of the UC Davis Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) to remind parents that one of the most effective ways to keep kids safe and out of the ED is to ASK other parents if there are any unlocked guns in their homes before sending children over to play. 

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire’s Bill helping Native American students get into college faster and easier passes Assembly Committee

June 21, 2017

Sacramento, CA – More than one in three Native American kids live in poverty, and 22 percent ages 25 and older have not finished high school, the lowest of any racial/ethnic demographic group across all schools. Only 13 percent of Native Americans have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 29 percent of the US population.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Bill to Fix Broken Recycling Laws Passes Senate Environmental Quality Committee

June 21, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Environmental Quality Committee passed a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to fix state recycling laws that are negatively impacting small businesses across California. SB 458 authorizes CalRecycle to create five mobile recycling pilot programs throughout the state, which will allow cities like San Francisco to pursue a mobile recycling redemption program.

Senator Jerry Hill

State Legislators for the Peninsula, San Francisco and the South Bay Introduce Bill to Help Caltrain Fund Itself and Keep Pace with Increasing Demand, Region’s Growth

June 20, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill, joined by Senators Jim Beall, Bob Wieckowski and Scott Wiener and Assemblymembers David Chiu, Ash Kalra, Kevin Mullin, Mark Stone and Phil Ting, introduced legislation today that lays the groundwork for Caltrain to fund itself and meet the growing demands for public transportation along the West Bay’s prime transit corridor

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Assembly Judiciary Committee approves Wieckowski bill to protect HOA residents' political speech rights

June 20, 2017

Sacramento – A bill to clarify that the political speech rights of residents in common interest developments cannot be infringed upon by homeowner association (HOA) boards unanimously passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this morning.  SB 407, authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) now heads to the Assembly floor.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Bill to Improve Protections for Whistleblowers Passes Assembly Judiciary

June 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Judiciary Committee today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to improve protections for whistleblowers so they can keep their jobs while retaliation complaints against their employers are being investigated.