Caucus News

Senator Benjamin Allen

Bill to Modernize Elections Passes Legislature

August 29, 2016

 

Sacramento, CA – A measure authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) and Senator Robert Hertzberg (D – Van Nuys) to transform the way elections are conducted passed the legislature today.  The bill, SB 450, was approved on a bipartisan, final vote of 26 - 11in the state Senate.

Senator Mark Leno

Bill to Expand Affordable Housing for Teachers Heads to Governor

August 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A measure authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by the City of San Francisco to expand affordable housing options for teachers passed the State Legislature today. SB 1413 will help California retain quality educators by allowing school districts to establish housing for teachers and employees on district-owned property.

Senator Jerry Hill

Governor Signs Hill Bill to Crack Down on Water-Guzzling Households During Droughts

August 29, 2016

Governor Brown has signed legislation by Senator Jerry Hill into law to pull the plug on excessive water use by households that flout mandatory reductions during drought emergencies.

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

GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS SPACE DAY BILL INTO LAW

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.”