Caucus News

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson's Bill to Close the Wage Gap Passes out of Committee

July 7, 2015

SB 358 Would Be the Strongest Equal Pay Law in the Nation; CA Women Make 84 Cents to Every Dollar a Man Earns

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to close the wage gap that women face at work passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support today.

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Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Sen. Bob Hertzberg plan to promote legal services for low-income Californians passes Assembly policy panel

July 7, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to help low-income Californians have greater access to equal justice, a plan by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to use unclaimed funds to help attorneys practice public-interest law today passed its first Assembly policy test.
“The cause is just and the price is right,” Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, said before the Assembly Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 134 on a bipartisan vote. “The impact on low-income communities having true access to justice is nothing less than extraordinary.”

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Senator Kevin de León

SB 350 Passes Assembly Committee, Pro Tem Hails Chamber’s Climate Leadership

July 7, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 350 passed the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on a 9-5 vote Monday. The bill now moves on to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. SB 350 establishes ambitious new targets for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, and petroleum use reduction to strengthen California’s leadership in tackling climate change and air pollution while building the renewable energy economy of the future.

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Senator Bill Monning

Aid-in-Dying Legislation Removed from Assembly Health Committee Calendar

July 7, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the End of Life Option Act, authored by Senators Monning (D-Carmel) and Wolk (D-Davis), was removed from the Assembly Health Committee calendar.  Senate Bill (SB) 128 would allow a mentally competent, terminally ill adult in the final stages of life to request aid-in-dying medication from a physician. 

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Senator Mark Leno

Doctors, Parents, Elected Leaders Call for Statewide E-Cigarette Laws

July 7, 2015

SB 140, Authored by Senator Leno, Prohibits Smoking of E-Cigarettes at Workplaces, Schools, Restaurants and Hospitals

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Senator Benjamin Allen

State Senate Honors Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureat

July 6, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Today, Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) and the California State Senate paid tribute to the newly appointed U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.  At a special ceremony on the Senate Floor, Mr. Herrera was introduced by Senator Allen, the chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts, and recited two of his original poems.

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Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

DIGITAL DEMOCRACY: Sen. Bob Hertzberg on transportation, infrastructure funding

July 6, 2015

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Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Sen. Bob Hertzberg receives first-ever award from state mental health group

July 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In recognition of his efforts to champion greater access to mental health care, Sen. Bob Hertzberg received a first-ever leadership award from a statewide advocacy group.

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Senator Kevin de León

Pro Tem Swears In Children Immigrants As United States Citizens

July 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO – To kick off Independence Day weekend celebrations, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León on Thursday led a swearing-in ceremony at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum for 16 children who took the oath to become United States citizens.

De León, who taught naturalization classes before becoming a legislator, congratulated the children, aged 7 to 17, and their families on their commitment to being part of the fabric of this wonderfully diverse country.

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Senator Kevin de León

VIDEO RELEASE: Legislation Aimed at the Prevention of Sexual Assault Passes Education Committee

July 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the California Assembly Education Committee passed Senate Bill 695 (De León/Jackson) unanimously on a bipartisan vote of 6-0. Under the legislation, health courses, which are a condition of graduation for a majority of California high school students, will provide instruction on affirmative consent, sexual harassment, assault, violence, and the importance of developing positive and healthy relationships.

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