Caucus News

Senator Fran Pavley

Lawmakers send bill to governor to enable State Parks to partner with nonprofit entity to raise private funds, promote visitation

August 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Advancing the vision of a private blue-ribbon commission to reinvigorate the California state park experience for generations to come, the Legislature has sent to Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to enable the Department of Parks and Recreation to enter into partnership with a nonprofit entity to conduct such functions as raising private funds to improve parks and marketing the parks to promote increased public visitation.

Senator Fran Pavley

Senate sends to governor bill to enact comprehensive safety reforms for all natural gas storage wells

August 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Responding to lessons learned from the massive Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, the Senate on Friday sent to Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to establish proactive safety standards for natural gas storage wells.

Among other provisions in SB 887 by Senator Fran Pavley are requirements for  continuous monitoring for leaks, regular inspections of wells to test their mechanical integrity, and that all wells be equipped with safeguards to ensure that no single point of failure can result in a leak.

Senator Fran Pavley

Women could get up to a year’s supply of contraceptives under bill sent to Gov. Brown

August 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Women in California will have more reliable and effective access to birth control under a bill approved by the Senate on Friday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

SB 999, by Senator Fran Pavley, would require public and private health plans to cover the dispensation of hormonal birth control for a period of up to 12 months – a change that would eliminate the need to obtain refills every 30 or 90 days.

Senator Fran Pavley

Bill to improve services to guide dog users sent to Governor Brown

August 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill to improve services for blind and visually impaired Californians who partner with guide dogs was approved by the Senate on Friday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sponsored by the California Council of the Blind, the bill would implement reforms in the composition and policies of the State Board of Guide Dogs for the blind.

Senator Loni Hancock

Gov. Brown signs ban on state funding for coal-related projects

August 26, 2016

Anti-coal measure sponsored by Sen. Loni Hancock

SACRAMENTO – Less than 48 hours after the California Senate passed Senate Bill 1279, Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law Sen. Loni Hancock’s bill to halt future state funding for any new project that would allow coal to be shipped or exported through California.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bill To Clean Up Beaches By Plugging Old, Leaking Oil Wells Heads to the Governor

August 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to monitor and cap California’s old, abandoned and leaking oil wells passed off the Senate floor today on a bipartisan, 31-5 vote. The bill now heads to the Governor.

Senator Ben Hueso


August 26, 2016

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) announced that Governor Brown has signed Senate bill 1138, which would designate the first Friday in May of each year as Space Day in California into law.  

“I am overjoyed my proposal for promoting space observation has been signed into law,” stated Senator Hueso.   “This new law will inspire every Californian to dim or turn off the lights for an hour in an effort to reduce light pollution and value the phenomena of our night sky.  Thank you Governor Brown.”

Senator Lois Wolk

Measure to protect consumers, help meet energy efficiency goals sent to Governor

August 26, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA)– The State Senate voted yesterday to send Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Senate Bill 1414 by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), legislation to protect energy consumers, and help California meet its energy efficiency goals.  
“Ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs are critical to the state’s energy and environmental policies,” Wolk said. “SB 1414 will help the state meet its energy efficiency goals and ensure customers receive the full benefits of the energy efficiency upgrades they purchase.”

Senator Bill Monning

Bill to Determine Economic Impact of Diablo Canyon Closure Goes to the Governor’s Desk

August 26, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation to help assess the economic impact of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure, Senate Bill (SB) 968, passed out of the California Legislature and now moves to the Governor for his consideration.  The bill, authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), calls for an assessment of the adverse and beneficial economic impacts facing San Luis Obispo County once the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant shuts down, and will offer potential mitigation actions for anticipated adverse impacts.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Bill assuring face to face family visits in CA jails heads to Governor

August 26, 2016


August 25, 2016

Contact:   Charles Stewart

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SACRAMENTO, CA — Senator Holly J. Mitchell’s measure to assure availability of face-to-face visits in California jails has been approved by the state Legislature and now heads to the Governor for final approval.

Diminished contact with relatives negatively impacts family cohesion, particularly for children.