Caucus News

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Welcomes Navy Officers, Commends Armed Forces on Energy & Climate Leadership

September 2, 2015
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Senator Richard D. Roth

Senator Roth’s Proposal to Fix State’s Judge Shortage Passes State Assembly

September 2, 2015

Senate Bill 229 was approved by the Assembly this morning on a bipartisan vote of 69-0 and, if signed by the Governor, will mark the first time in nearly a decade that the State of California has funded new judges in the wake of an ongoing judge shortage.The California State Assembly has voted unanimously to approve Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to fix California’s judge shortage.

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Senator Kevin de León

Assembly Sends Coal Divestment Measure to the Governor

September 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly today approved SB 185 (De León), which requires California’s public pension funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), to divest from holdings in thermal coal. The measure passed on a 43-27 vote. SB 185 now heads to the Governor’s desk.

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Senator Mark Leno

Voters Support Modernizing California’s Digital Privacy Laws

September 2, 2015

Law Enforcement Agencies No Longer Oppose Senator Leno’s SB 178, Which Protects Against Warrantless Searches of Digital Communications

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Senator Marty Block

Senate sends bill protecting voting rights for individuals under conservatorship to governor

September 1, 2015

SACRAMENTO – California’s state Senate today voted 27-11 to approve SB 589 which would protect voting rights for people under conservatorship.

Senator Marty Block, who authored the bill, said that under his legislation people under conservatorship would be presumed competent to vote. Courts could void the right to vote if clear and convincing evidence is presented that the conservatee is incapable of expressing a desire to vote with reasonable accommodations.

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Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Governor Signs Jackson Bill to Allow Community Colleges to Discipline Students for Off-Campus Sexual Assault

September 1, 2015

SACRAMENTO –A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to allow community colleges to discipline students for sexual assault violations even if they occur off-campus was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown.

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Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson's Bill to Close the Wage Gap Women Face at Work Heads to the Governor

September 1, 2015

SB 358 Will Be the Strongest Equal Pay Law in the Nation; Governor’s Office Has Already Indicated Support for the Bill 

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to close the wage gap that women face at work cleared its final hurdle in the Legislature today, passing off the Senate floor on a bipartisan, 39-0 vote. The bill now heads to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk just a few days after his office took the unusual step of announcing the Governor’s support for the bill on Twitter.  

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Senator Tony Mendoza

Bill to Improve Voting Materials Signed by Governor

September 1, 2015

Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown today signed SB 505, authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia). The bill will ensure that California’s Voter Bill of Rights and other election materials are provided to voters in plain, accessible, and easily understandable language. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2016.

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Senator Lois Wolk

State Assembly approves campus gun safety bill on bipartisan vote

September 1, 2015

Law enforcement-backed bill limits concealed weapons on school and college campuses
SACRAMENTO –On a 53-24 bipartisan vote today the State Assembly approved legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to help control concealed weapons on school and college campuses.  The measure, SB 707, would prohibit concealed weapons carriers from bringing their firearm on campus without permission from campus authorities.

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Senator Kevin de León

RELEASE: Pope Francis’ Encyclical Inspires Capitol Forum on Climate Leadership

September 1, 2015
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