Caucus News

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson's Equal Pay Bill Passes Unanimously Off Senate Floor

May 26, 2015

Bill Now Has Support of the California Chamber of Commerce

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to close the wage gap that women face at work passed off the Senate floor on a unanimous, bipartisan vote today. The vote was 38-0.

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Senator Isadore Hall, III

Senator Isadore Hall to Host Town Hall on Immigration

May 22, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA -  Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay) will host a community town hall to discuss immigration reform, update residents on the status of President Obama’s recent Executive Action on immigration and discuss current work being done by the State Senate and State Assembly to better integrate immigrant communities throughout the state.

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Senator Marty Block

On a bipartisan vote state senate approves Block measure to ensure right to vote by people with disabilities

May 22, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A bill, SB 589, to ensure that people with disabilities are not denied their right to vote in California was approved by the state Senate today on a 27-10 bipartisan vote. The measure was approved as the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it is investigating allegations that the state is denying voting rights to these citizens.

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Senator Tony Mendoza

Bill to Protect Children in Day Camps Approved by State Senate

May 22, 2015

Sacramento - The State Senate today approved SB 476 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 39 to 0. The bill will protect the well-being of California’s children by ensuring that day camps in the state are held to the same high standards as resident camps where children stay overnight. The bill now goes to the State Assembly for consideration.

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Senator Tony Mendoza

Vaccinations Required for Day Care Center Workers Under Bill Approved by State Senate

May 22, 2015

Sacramento –The State Senate today approved SB 792 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a bipartisan vote of 34 to 3. The bill will protect California children in day care from contracting serious diseases by requiring family day care home and day care center workers to be vaccinated against measles, pertussis, and influenza among others. The bill now goes to the State Assembly for consideration.

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Senator Fran Pavley

Legislative Update from Sen. Fran Pavley: Injection Wells

May 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Fran Pavley is not letting up on a drive to protect California’s underground drinking-water supplies from contamination.The senator is pushing to redirect a budget proposal that would earmark $3.5 million to fund 23 experts and other technicians from the state oil and gas regulator to the state’s water quality regulators to expedite their evaluation of potential groundwater contamination from oil and gas production.

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Senator Kevin de León

RELEASE: President pro Tempore De León Announces Appointments

May 20, 2015

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, has announced the following appointments by the Rules Committee:

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Senator Mike McGuire

With news of another oil spill off Santa Barbara County’s coast, McGuire calls for an end to new leases for offshore oil drilling in California

May 20, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Yesterday’s oil spill in the once pristine waters off Santa Barbara County’s Refugio State Beach is a grim reminder of just how risky coastal oil development can be. 
Local environmental and state agencies along with emergency crews, have sprung into immediate action to limit the damage from an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil that spilled from a ruptured pipeline, draining crude oil for three hours and creating nine miles of toxic sheen in ocean waters.

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Senator Kevin de León

Pro Tem Issues Statement on Oil Spill Off of Santa Barbara County Coastline

May 20, 2015

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León released the following statement on the oil spill off of El Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County:

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Senator Bill Monning

California Medical Association Officially Changes Position on Aid in Dying

May 20, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced it has become one of the first state medical associations in the nation to change organizational policy with regard to the issue of physician aid in dying.  The group’s longstanding position had been to oppose physician aid in dying and had been upheld several times since the policy was adopted in 1987.  By removing decades old organizational policy, CMA has also removed its opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 128 (Monning/Wolk), the End of Life Option Act.

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