Caucus News

Senator Fran Pavley

New law allows women to receive up to 12-month supply of contraceptives, making birth control more consistent and effective

September 23, 2016

Women in California will have more reliable and effective access to birth control under a bill authored by Senator Fran Pavley and signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday.

SB 999 requires 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.

The 12-month option is recommended by the National Centers for Disease Control, and research has shown that it reduces unintended pregnancies by 30 percent.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Governor Signs Jackson Bill To Streamline Environmental Review Process, Make It More Accessible to the Public

September 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a bill authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help expedite the environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California’s landmark law for evaluating and mitigating the environmental impacts of development projects.

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Leader Rejects Cynical SCAQMD Car Tax Proposal

September 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León released the following statement regarding the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s proposal to hike vehicle registration fees to pay for pollution reduction:

Senator Lois Wolk

Governor signs bill to improve quality of life for veterans

September 21, 2016

Legislation strengthens oversight, streamlines distribution of funds to benefit veterans home residents
(SACRAMENTO, CA)– Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed into law legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to provide stronger oversight and fairer distribution of funds to provide for the welfare of veterans living in California’s eight veterans’ homes.

Senator Jerry Hill

Bill to Step Up Oversight of Building Contractors Signed by Governor Brown

September 15, 2016

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 465 in a private ceremony this morning attended by the family of the Bay Area student who died and Irish dignitaries representing the five exchange students killed and the seven others seriously injured when a balcony of a Berkeley apartment building collapsed.

Senator Loni Hancock

Gov. Brown signs bill by Sens. Hancock and Hill to increase oversight of building contractors

September 15, 2016

Action takes place during private ceremony attended by Bay Area family and Irish dignitaries representing Berkeley balcony collapse victims

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Brown signed Senate Bill 465 in a private ceremony this morning attended by the family of the Bay Area student who died and Irish dignitaries representing the five exchange students killed and the seven others seriously injured when a balcony of a Berkeley apartment building collapsed.

Senator Lois Wolk

Governor signs bill to establish Healthy Soils Program to help farmers adapt to climate change

September 15, 2016

Also OKs bill to continue program providing consumers with access to clean, renewable energy 
SACRAMENTO, CA–State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), Chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation, applauded the Governor’s approval this week of numerous budget measures on resources, including a number of bills to help the state reach its climate change goals.

Senator Fran Pavley

Pavley praises signing of SB 32 and AB 197, says California will continue to lead clean-energy economy

September 14, 2016

LOS ANGELES – Senator Fran Pavley on Thursday heralded Gov. Jerry Brown's signing of historic climate legislation, saying the governor’s action will ensure California stays on course to clean the air and build a robust clean-energy economy for the 21st century.

Senator Bill Monning

Governor Signs Bill to Establish Care and Safety Standards at Pet Boarding Facilities

September 14, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 945 by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), which provides pet boarding operators with clear guidance about the health and safety standards needed at their facilities and provides consumers with protection against faulty and/or dangerous practices that may threaten their animals at these facilities. 

Senator Bill Monning

Statement from Senator Monning on the Governor Signing Bill to Allocate $10 Million for Construction of Interlake Tunnel

September 13, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) released the following statement on Governor Brown signing Senate Bill (SB) 831, which allocates $10 million from the General Fund for the construction of the Interlake Tunnel between Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio in Monterey County: