Caucus News

Senator Kevin de León

Pro Tem De León Applauds Governor Brown for Signing “Ghost Gun” Bill

July 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement today on the Governor’s signing AB 857 (Cooper), requiring individuals who assemble homemade own guns to seek a serial number for the weapon and pass a background check ith the Department of Justice:

Senator Marty Block

Governor signs Block bill requiring greater consumer transparency for non-ABA accredited law schools

July 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO—Law schools that are not accredited by the American Bar Association would be required to post more information about tuition costs, class sizes, number of faculty, bar passage rate and employment outcomes for their students under a bill by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) and approved today by the governor.

“SB 1281 is an important consumer bill that will help students better understand the quality and the possible long term impact of their law school choice,” Block said.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Statement: CoveredCA Announces Rate Increase for 2017

July 19, 2016

High drug prices is a reason for increase

SACRAMENTO – Covered California announced a statewide weighted average increase of 13.2% for 2017, which is due in part to the loss of the federal reinsurance program and the high cost of specialty drugs.

Given Senator Ed Hernandez’ leadership as chair of the Senate Health Committee, he released the following statement:

Senator Kevin de León

STATEMENT: California Senate Leader on the Passing of Senator Sharon Runner

July 14, 2016

“My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Sharon Runner’s family and friends as all of us in the Senate mourn her loss.  While battling a tragic illness, Senator Runner endured and showed a real commitment to representing the people of her district. She committed her life to lifting all children with a quality education by helping found the Desert Christian schools and fought tirelessly for small businesses during her time in the Assembly and Senate.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Statement on another safety violation by Quemetco: Battery plant failed to maintain a functioning leak-detection system

July 13, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recently added another violation to an already existing list of violations against Quemetco, Inc. The battery recycling facility in the City of Industry in Los Angeles County failed to maintain a functioning leak-detection system in its containment building that houses hazardous waste related to the facility’s handling of lead.

Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) released the following statement:

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Senator Holly J. Mitchell dismayed at gun deaths in TX, MN and LA

July 8, 2016


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 “I am utterly dismayed over the race-based killing of law enforcement officers in Dallas on Thursday, and the ongoing homicide of Black men at the hands of law enforcement nationwide.

“Based on what we have learned about these acts of violence so far, they are racist and wrong.

Senator Kevin de León

Acting Governor Issues Proclamation Declaring Vin Scully Day

July 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), in his capacity as Acting Governor, issued a proclamation today declaring July 8, 2016 as “Vin Scully Day” in the State of California to honor the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer.

The text of the proclamation is below:


Senator Kevin de León

STATEMENT: Acting Governor de León on the Attacks on Law Enforcement in Dallas, Texas

July 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES - California Acting Governor and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León issued the following statement regarding the attacks on law enforcement in Dallas, Texas. 

"I deeply mourn with the families and friends of the five brave police officers killed in Dallas, Texas last night. As our nation continues to grapple with issues of race and gun safety, violence should never be the answer. In my capacity as Acting Governor, I have ordered flags in all state buildings to be lowered in the officers' memory until sunset on July 12."


Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Governor Signs Jackson Bill To Modernize Laws To Reflect Marriage Equality

July 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to modernize language in more than a dozen sections of California law to reflect the fact that same-sex couples can now marry was recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

Senator Loni Hancock

Gov. Brown signs bill prohibiting high-capacity gun magazines

July 1, 2016

Senate Bill 1446 sponsored by Sen. Loni Hancock

SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law a bill by Sen. Loni Hancock that prohibits the possession of any ammunition-holding device for an assault-style weapon that holds more than 10 rounds.