Caucus News

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Wieckowski's statement on California transportation package

March 29, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, and the chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation, issued the following statement on today’s announcement of a deal between legislators and Governor Brown on a transportation package.

Senator Jim Beall

Senator Jim Beall’s Statement on the Consensus Transportation Infrastructure Package

March 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the SB 1 transportation package:

Senator Scott Wiener

Statement from Senator Wiener on Transportation Funding Deal Announcement

March 29, 2017

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the announcement of a proposed deal on transportation funding by Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon:

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Introduces Bill to Encourage Building of Innovative, Affordable Housing for Seniors

March 29, 2017

JACKSON INTRODUCES BILL TO ENCOURAGE BUILDING OF INNOVATIVE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS

SACRAMENTO – Inspired by Rona Barrett’s efforts building the Golden Inn and Village, a housing project for low-income seniors in Solvang in Santa Barbara County, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced a bill to encourage the building of similar affordable housing projects for seniors statewide.

Senator Henry Stern

Bill to Improve Accessibility of State Budget Data Clears First Hurdle

March 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Government and Finance Committee voted with unanimous, bi-partisan support for Senate Bill 683, a measure by State Senator Henry Stern to require the state's annual budget be made available to the public in a downloadable, spreadsheet format.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Bill Protecting Schoolchildren from Sex Offenders Passes Education Committee

March 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Senate Education Committee approved an important bill authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that seeks to protect school children from dangerous sex offenders.  Passed with strong bipartisan support, Senate Bill 26 would prohibit any registered sex offender from volunteering at K-12 schools and further restrict their access to school campuses in California.

Senator Scott Wiener

In Face of Right-Wing Attacks, LGBT Long-term Care Senior Bill of Rights Passes Senate Committee

March 29, 2017

Sacramento –  Yesterday, the Senate Human Services Committee passed SB219, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) - the LGBT Senior Long-Term Care Bill of Rights for seniors in long term care facilities - despite attacks from anti-LGBT hate groups and the conservative media. The vote was 3-1 in committee, with Senators Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) and Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) joining Senator Wiener in support.

Senator Jerry Hill

Hill Bill on Bus Seatbelt Safety Clears Senate Committee as Feds Say State Should Enact Law

March 28, 2017

 The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee voted unanimously  in favor of Senator Jerry Hill’s bill requiring the passengers buckle up when riding in buses that are equipped with safety belts. Senate Bill 20 also applies to bus drivers. 

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senate Committee passes Wieckowski private student loan bill

March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed Senate Bill 16 by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to assist Californians struggling to repay their private student loan debts by lowering the cap on how much lenders can garnish from their paychecks.  Wieckowski told the committee reducing the cap from 25 percent of a borrower’s wages to 15 percent, the same level as federal student loans, will encourage lenders to work more closely with students to create manageable repayment plans.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Hertzberg’s Bill to Protect Consumers with Automatic Service Renewals Passes Committee

March 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that protects consumers who sign up for a free trial with an automatic renewal for a service that comes with a charge today passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In addition, SB 313 requires businesses to make it just as easy for consumers to cancel the arrangements as it was to sign up for them. The bill directs businesses to notify consumers three-to-seven days before they are charged for an automatic renewal, and it requires businesses to obtain a consumer’s stand-alone authorization for the renewal.