Caucus News

Senator Benjamin Allen

Senator Allen Joined by LA City Councilmembers and Advocates in Support of Ocean Pollution Reduction Act

May 23, 2017

Senator Ed Hernandez

Advisory: Senator Hernandez Proposes Constitutional Amendment to Overhaul University of California Governance

May 23, 2017

SCA 14 Changes the UC Board of Regents and the Office of the President

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 14 that makes sweeping changes to the University of California (UC) Board of Regents and limits the budgetary autonomy of the UC Office of the President. 

Senator Ed Hernandez

Release: Senator Hernandez Proposes Constitutional Amendment to Overhaul University of California Governance

May 23, 2017

SCA 14 Changes the UC Board of Regents and the Office of the President

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 14 that makes sweeping changes to the University of California (UC) Board of Regents and limits the budgetary autonomy of the UC Office of the President. 

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senate passes Wieckowski bill to protect low-income Californians from bank levies

May 22, 2017

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to automatically protect up to $4,800 of a person’s bank account from a bank levy passed the Senate floor today.  The bill, SB 298, will help low-income Californians avoid falling deeper into poverty and will encourage people who rely on check-cashing services and money orders to return to traditional banking services.

Senator Josh Newman

CA Senate Approves Consumer Protections for CalFresh Recipients

May 22, 2017

On Monday, Senate Bill 675, authored by State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) passed the Senate Floor with a vote of 37-0.

SB 675 helps ensure appropriate consumer protections are in place for CalFresh recipients, if the federal government approves the use of EBT cards to purchase groceries online. As more and more Californians purchase groceries online and grocery delivery services become more prevalent, the Federal government has started a pilot program to allow EBT recipients to use their EBT cards to shop online.

Senator Josh Newman

Parents Can Breathe Easier After Senate Vote

May 22, 2017

On Monday, May 22, the California State Senate unanimously passed a bill that would contain child support costs for struggling parents. The Family Support Act, authored by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), passed the Senate floor by a vote of 37-0.

“Low-income parents often face the tough choice of paying the child support they owe or meeting their basic needs,” said Senator Skinner. “SB 469 benefits children and parents by keeping payment amounts manageable so support can be paid consistently and reliably.”

Senator Jerry Hill

Statement from State Senator Jerry Hill on Federal Transit Administration’s Approval of Caltrain Electrification Project Funding

May 22, 2017

"Electrification of Caltrain will help ease congestion along the Peninsula, one of the Bay Area’s busiest traffic corridors,” said Senator Hill. “We’re grateful for Secretary Chao’s decision and for the work of our Congressional representatives and our governor to secure funding approval for this critical project."

Senator Scott Wiener

Statement on Federal Government’s Decision to Fund Caltrain Modernization

May 22, 2017

Sacramento –  Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding the Federal Government’s decision to fund Caltrain modernization:

“Today’s decision by the Federal Government to honor its commitment to fund Caltrain modernization is a huge win for transit riders, the Bay Area’s economy and environment, and public transportation generally. The Bay Area can’t succeed without a strong and robust public transportation system, and Caltrain is a key part of that system. I’m thrilled with this step forward.”

Senator Mike McGuire

Speakers announced for Salmon disaster hearing

May 22, 2017

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 there’s a budget shortfall fix that the CA Fish and Wildlife Dept is advancing which will devastate an already struggling fishing fleet.

Senator Benjamin Allen

Senator Ben Allen to Hold Press Conference on Ocean Pollution Reduction Act to Phase out Styrofoam Food Containers

May 22, 2017