Caucus News

Senator Benjamin Allen

Theatre and Dance Act Signed by Governor

September 26, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to establish single-subject teaching credentials for theatre and for dance was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today.
“California is the arts and entertainment capital of the world, yet we are one of only two states in the country that does not authorize teaching credentials in theatre or dance,” Allen said.  “I am so pleased that we have finally elevated these two important disciplines to the stature they deserve,” he added.

Senator Fran Pavley

Gov. Brown signs bill by Senator Pavley to enable State Parks to partner with nonprofit entity to raise private funds, promote visitation

September 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Advancing the vision of a private blue-ribbon commission’s recommendations to reinvigorate the California state park experience for generations to come, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill by Senator Fran Pavley 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

Gov. Brown signs bill by Senator Pavley to improve services to guide dog users

September 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill authored by Senator Fran Pavley to improve services for blind and visually impaired Californians who partner with guide dogs has been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sponsored by the California Council of the Blind, SB 1331 would implement reforms in the composition and policies of the State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Senator Fran Pavley

New law will help water suppliers measure energy use, take action to reduce climate pollution

September 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission estimates that about 20 percent of all electrical power in the state is used to produce, transport, treat, deliver and heat water. Under SB 1425 by Senator Fran Pavley signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, CalEPA will for the first time develop a registry that will help water suppliers determine the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that result from their activities and to voluntarily take action to reduce emissions.

Senator Loni Hancock

Efforts to fight sex trafficking made permanent after Gov. Brown signs Sen. Loni Hancock bill

September 26, 2016

Measure takes effect Jan. 1, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A measure that makes permanent a pilot project that helps sexually exploited minors in Alameda County was signed into law today by Gov. Brown.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Release: “Whole Child Model” for CA Children’s Services Program Signed into Law

September 26, 2016

Patient-centered protections will coordinate care for children with special care needs

SACRAMENTO – California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 586, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., (D-West Covina), setting forth a patient-centered framework for our most needy and vulnerable children.

Senator Fran Pavley

New law allows women to receive up to 12-month supply of contraceptives, making birth control more consistent and effective

September 23, 2016

Women in California will have more reliable and effective access to birth control under a bill authored by Senator Fran Pavley and signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday.

SB 999 requires 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.

The 12-month option is recommended by the National Centers for Disease Control, and research has shown that it reduces unintended pregnancies by 30 percent.

Senator Benjamin Allen

Gas Leak Legislation Signed by Governor

September 23, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to

strengthen the mitigation of methane gas leaks from underground storage facilities was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today.  The bill, SB 888, requires fines and penalties assessed for a gas leak to be at least equal the amount needed to fully mitigate the climate impacts of the leak.  The legislation also improves the state’s response to future gas leaks by designating the Office of Emergency Services as the lead point of contact for the government.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Governor Signs Jackson Bill To Streamline Environmental Review Process, Make It More Accessible to the Public

September 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a bill authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help expedite the environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California’s landmark law for evaluating and mitigating the environmental impacts of development projects.

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Leader Rejects Cynical SCAQMD Car Tax Proposal

September 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León released the following statement regarding the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s proposal to hike vehicle registration fees to pay for pollution reduction: