Caucus News

Senator Jerry Hill

Senator Hill Renews Push for Police Gun Tracking and Transparency for Surveillance Technology

February 15, 2018

Amid mounting concerns about stolen and lost police guns and the use of surveillance technology and the data it harvests, state Senator Jerry Hill introduced legislation today to require police to track and regularly inventory their firearms and to draw up rules on deployment of surveillance technology.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Feb. 15, 2017: “Safe Consumer Lending Act” to protect California families from abusive loans

February 15, 2018

Guest Press Release:

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) announced in a press conference today the introduction of Assembly Bill 2500, the Safe Consumer Lending Act, a bill to protect California families from abusive high-cost installment loans.

Senator Steven M. Glazer

Glazer Introduces Legislation to Offer Renters Relief

February 15, 2018

Sacramento, CA – State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) introduced legislation that will help financially strapped California renters get some relief from rising housing prices by doubling the size of the state’s renter’s tax credit.

The bill, SB 1182, would increase the credit to $120 for renters filing their taxes as individuals and $240 for joint filers. It would be the first increase in the credit since 1979.

The credit goes to individuals with adjusted gross incomes of $40,078 or less and to joint filers with incomes of $80,156 or less.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Feb. 15, 2018: Watch, listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell review her agenda and preview 2018 (and MORE)

February 15, 2018

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell of Los Angeles sat down for a nearly 30-minute televised interview this week to discuss legislation, her agenda for 2018 (including the need to restore CalWorks funding), Capitol quilts honoring Black History Month, California's multi-billion dollar budget and the joys -- and challenges -- of being the mother of a "young Black man in America."

Senator Ed Hernandez

Release: Senator Hernandez Introduces Bill to Modernize Hospital Discharge Policies of Homeless Californians

February 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina) introduced Senate Bill 1152 to provide a clear protocol for discharging homeless patients after their hospital stay.

Senator Kevin de León

President Pro Tempore de León Announces Appointments

February 14, 2018

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

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Feb. 14, 2018: Improving foster care placements by making program more efficient goal of legislation

February 14, 2018

Effort launched to address delays, financial hardships  

SACRAMENTO – Last year, California launched a new statewide program for approving individuals to serve as foster caregivers, and the goal was to fix an inefficient, ineffective system. 

But since the program has been in place, families have seen huge delays and have not received needed support, causing financial hardship and deterring permanent placements of foster youth.

Senator Steven M. Glazer

Sen. Glazer Introduces Pension Reform Legislation

February 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO – New state employees would be free to opt out of the state pension plan and choose a self-directed and portable retirement plan instead under legislation introduced today by State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda).

Glazer’s bill, SB 1149, would offer new employees a 401 (K)-style plan in which their own contributions would be fully matched by the state, at the same level the state now contributes to the California Public Employees Retirement System defined benefit plan.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Release: Senate Health Leader Introduces Bill to Ban Medicaid Work Requirements

February 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina) introduced Senate Bill 1108 to prohibit work requirements as a condition to receive Medi-Cal. Earlier this year, the Trump Administration invited states to revise their Medicaid policies by imposing restrictions that will only lead to fewer people with health insurance. This bill ensures that California says NO to this invitation, and continues to prioritize access to health care for some of our lowest-income residents.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Feb. 14, 2018: Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment to hold second hearing

February 14, 2018

Focus on Defining Harassment and Identifying Challenges to Making Policies Work

SACRAMENTO – The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response will hold its second working hearing February 15. The Subcommittee is laying the groundwork for developing new, bicameral policies and procedures for preventing and responding to sexual harassment complaints.