Caucus News

Senator Bill Monning

Senator Monning Announces Legislation to Address Healthcare Affordability and Unfair Business Practices

March 28, 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) announced Senate Bill (SB) 538, legislation that would target the unfair business practices of dominate healthcare providers that use their market power to force higher charges on consumers.  

Senator Scott Wiener

Bill to Modernize Discriminatory HIV Criminalization Laws Passes First Major Hurdle

March 28, 2017

Sacramento – Today the Senate Public Safety voted in favor of a bill authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that will modernize laws that criminalize and stigmatize people living with HIV.  Senate Bill 239 would amend California’s HIV criminalization laws, enacted in the 1980s and ‘90s at a time of fear and ignorance about HIV and its transmission, to make them consistent with laws involving other serious communicable diseases.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

March 28, 2017: Key policy committee approves plans to cut fees on the innocent, keep records sealed

March 28, 2017

First five measures pass initial policy tests

SACRAMENTO – Nine days after introducing a comprehensive bill package to reform California’s criminal justice system for juveniles and young adults, five of the measures have passed their initial policy tests.

The latest action came today as the Senate Public Safety Committee approved bills to eliminate court fees on those found innocent and to keep records sealed on those not convicted of a crime.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

March 28, 2017: Sens. Hernandez, Mitchell and Women’s Caucus to host forum on protecting women’s health

March 28, 2017

Join the Senate health leader, budget chair and members of the California Legislative Women's Caucus for a discussion on What's at Stake for Women's Health

SACRAMENTO – California has long embraced policies and programs that protect and expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care. As a result, health outcomes have improved, public dollars have been saved, and teen birth and abortion rates in our state are at their lowest in decades.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Anthony J. Portantino Recognizes 10 Women of the Year from SD 25

March 28, 2017

Pasadena, CA – On Sunday, March 26, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) had the privilege of honoring ten exemplary women from Senate District 25 in the courtyard of Pasadena City Hall. The California State Legislature first recognized March as Women’s History Month in 1987 and has continued the tradition. Each year members of the State Legislature recognize the exceptional women in their district with a celebration commemorating their efforts.

Senator Scott Wiener

Bill to Allow Communities to Choose to Extend Alcohol Service Hours to 4 AM Clears First Senate Committee

March 28, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Governmental Organization Committee approved Senate Bill 384, a bill authored by Senator Scott Wiener to allow – but not require – local communities to extend alcohol service to as late as 4 AM. The LOCAL Act, which stands for Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night, now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The committee's action today represents the first time a committee of the California Legislature has ever approved this bill.

Senator Benjamin Allen

Senator Ben Allen to Hold Hearing on California Film and Television Tax Credit Program

March 28, 2017

Sacramento, CA – The legislature’s Joint Committee on the Arts, chaired by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), will hold an oversight hearing on the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program on Wednesday, March 29, at 1:30 in the State Capitol.  The hearing will look at production trends throughout the state.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Advisory: Senators Hernandez, Mitchell and the Women’s Caucus to Host Forum on Protecting Women’s Health in California

March 28, 2017

Join the Senate Health Leader, Budget Chair and Democratic Members of the CA Legislative Women's Caucus for a discussion on What's at Stake for Women's Health

SACRAMENTO – California has long embraced policies and programs that protect and expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care. As a result, health outcomes have improved, public dollars have been saved, and teen birth and abortion rates in our state are at their lowest in decades.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senate Committees to Consider Nine Bills by Senator Wiener on Tuesday and Wednesday

March 27, 2017

Sacramento –  Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will have nine bills in Senate Committee hearings on Tuesday (3/28) and Wednesday (3/29). These bills include efforts to allow cities to extend alcohol service hours to 4 AM, to modernize HIV criminalization laws, to protect California waterways from tar sands oil spills, and to require presidential candidates to release federal tax returns to appear on the California ballot.

Senator Mike McGuire

Senators McGuire, Dodd to chair Select Committee on Wine

March 27, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) have been appointed co-chairs on the Senate Select Committee on California’s Wine Industry. The committee is made up of a bipartisan group of Senators from around the state who are charged with overseeing the diverse issues affecting California’s wine industry.