Caucus News

Senator Kevin de León

Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon Announces Senators to Serve on Budget Conference Committee

May 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee today appointed the following Senators to the Budget Conference Committee:                                                                                                                                       

Senator Holly Mitchell (D – Los Angeles), Chair
Senator Ricardo Lara (D – Bell Gardens)
Senator Richard Roth (D – Riverside)
Senator Jim Nielsen (R – Tehama)
Senator John Moorlach (R – Costa Mesa)

Senator Jim Beall

Beall"s Affordable Housing Bill Approved by Senate Appropriations

May 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Seven bills authored by Senator Jim Beall are heading for full consideration by the Senate after winning approval today from the Appropriations Committee. Among the bills are two that would create more affordable housing and provide courts with the latitude to steer people with mental illnesses into treatment instead of incarceration.

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire responds to Governor’s request for federal salmon disaster

May 25, 2017

Senator McGuire responds to Governor’s request for federal salmon disaster

Sacramento, CA – California’s iconic salmon fishery, and the thousands of families who depend on the fishery for their livelihood, are in crisis. There has been an unprecedented collapse in California’s salmon population, tribal allocations are at an all-time low, and the proposed closures and minimal open salmon fishing seasons will have significant negative impacts on thousands of California residents.

Senator Mike McGuire

California Presidential Tax Transparency Bill Clears Appropriations, Heads for Full Senate Vote

May 25, 2017

Sacramento, CA – President Trump clearly has significant and unethical ties to Russia and every day the scandals worsen, yet we still don’t know the full extent of his dealings with Russia and the serious conflicts of interest they continue to generate. The California state legislation that would mandate Presidential candidates release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot was approved in the Senate Appropriations Committee this morning, clearing the way for a vote of the full Senate in the next week.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Bail Reform, Traffic Ticket Reduction Bills Clear Senate Appropriations Committee

May 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, that would reform California’s cash bail system, reduce traffic ticket fines for people who can’t afford them and prevent school lunch shaming passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Housing, Solar Power, LGBT & Nightlife Bills All Advance from Senate Appropriations Committee to Senate Floor

May 25, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved bills by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to address California’s housing shortage, dramatically expand the use of solar power, guarantee rights for LGBT seniors in long-term care facilities, strengthen food access for low-income communities, modernize HIV criminalize laws, and allow communities to choose to extend the sale of alcohol as late as 4 AM in bars and restaurants. These bills will go to the full Senate for a vote next week, with the deadline for passage being June 2.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Release: Senator Hernandez’ Key Bill Advances out of Senate Appropriations

May 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, six of Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’, O.D. (D-West Covina) bills were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will now advance to the Senate Floor for a vote by the entire Senate body. Among them is Senate Bill 17, which provides transparency on rising drug prices in California and is a step toward more affordable and accessible prescription drugs for everyone in the state.  

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Young Senator Scores Near Perfect on SAT

May 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) is proud to announce that Sebastian Figueroa, a current participant in the 20th State Senate District Young Senators Program, has earned an almost perfect score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Senator Benjamin Allen

Media Advisory: Allen to Chair Oversight Hearing on California’s Creative Economy

May 23, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D - Santa Monica) will Chair an Oversight Hearing of the Joint Committee on the Arts on Wednesday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Sacramento. The hearing will review newly released economic data from the Otis Report on the Creative Economy.  Additionally, the committee will focus on artist live/work spaces with discussion of safety, policy considerations and building community support and connections.

Senator Richard Pan

Dr. Richard Pan and the California Coverage and Health Initiatives Celebrate Medi-Cal’s Vital Role in Keeping Californians Healthy

May 23, 2017

Sacramento, CA—Just as legislative action at the federal level threaten to strip Medi-Cal coverage from vulnerable Californians, Dr. Richard Pan joined the California Coverage and Health Initiatives in recognizing the importance of access to health care in the lives of Californians.