Caucus News

Senator Ben Hueso

Governor Signs Bill to Help Bridge Digital Divide In Disadvantaged Communities

September 27, 2016

Sacramento, CA… State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), today announced that Governor Brown has signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 745, a bill that helps to bridge the digital divide.   SB 745 extends by four years the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Public Housing Account, and improves the accountability and the reporting of existing programs by the California Public Utilities Commission. 

Senator Toni Atkins

Block bill to streamline detention for probation violators signed by governor

September 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A proposal allowing probation department to detain adult probation offenders for up to 10 consecutive days without revoking probation or removing offenders from their local communities was approved today by the governor.

The streamlining measure, SB 266, was authored by state Senator Marty Block. 

SB 266 allows probation departments to use “flash incarceration” to hold offenders accountable with less disruption to work, home, or treatment programs. 

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Governor Signs Jackson Bill To Help Disabled Veterans Who Work in California Schools

September 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help disabled veterans who are transitioning from military service into a new career working in California’s public schools.

Senate Bill 1180 will give disabled veterans who are new school employees additional sick leave in their first year of employment so they can attend medical and VA appointments to treat their disability.

Senator Henry Stern

Brown signs bill by Senator Pavley to better ensure collection of restitution for crime victims

September 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – To end uncertainty in the collection of victim restitution from convicted offenders that resulted from public safety realignment, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill by Senator Fran Pavley that will both ensure restitution is collected from the accounts of county jail inmates and that funds aren’t double-collected from individuals on Post-Release Community Supervision.

Senator Scott Wiener

Bill to Expand Affordable Housing for Teachers Signed by Governor

September 27, 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 was signed by Governor Brown 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 Scott Wiener

Governor Signs Bill to Restrict Youth Confinement

September 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senator Mark Leno’s (D- San Francisco) bill to limit the use of room confinement in juvenile facilities was signed by the Governor today. Senate Bill 1143 states that room confinement can only be used after less restrictive options have been tried and bans its use for the purposes of punishment, coercion, convenience or retaliation. The law will go into effect January 1, 2017.

Senator Henry Stern

New law establishes comprehensive safety reforms for natural gas storage wells in aftermath of last year’s disaster at Aliso Canyon

September 26, 2016

Responding to lessons learned from the massive Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill by Senator Fran Pavley to establish proactive safety standards for natural gas storage wells.

Among provisions in SB 887 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 Holly J. Mitchell

Press Release - Governor Brown signs SB 1322 declaring "There is no such thing as a child prostitute"

September 26, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 26, 2016

Contact: Charles Stewart

213/745-6656 office 310/251-4567 cell

 

Sex trafficked minors will no longer be charged with prostitutionInstead of being treated as criminals, youths to get supervision and counseling services

 

Senator Bill Monning

Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Determine Economic Impact of Diablo Canyon Closure

September 26, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senate Bill (SB) 968, legislation to evaluate the economic impact of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure, authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and co-authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian.  The bill calls for an assessment of the adverse and beneficial economic impacts facing San Luis Obispo County once the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant shuts down, and will offer potential mitigation actions for anticipated adverse impacts.

Senator Bill Dodd

Governor signs bill enabling sale of UC Davis wine

September 26, 2016

Prevents waste of student-made wine, creates revenue for university
(Sacramento, CA)-Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday signed into law legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) enabling UC Davis’s Viticulture and Enology Department to sell wine made by its students, which was otherwise being discarded.