Caucus News

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Leyva Green Assistance Program Bill Passes Assembly Natural Resources Committee

July 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee approved timely legislation with bipartisan support that will provide technical assistance to small non-profits, disadvantaged communities and small businesses to access funding for energy efficiency upgrades or projects that reduce the negative health impacts of poor air quality.

Senator Nancy Skinner

SENATOR HANCOCK PRESS ADVISORY FOR 7/14: BILL HEARING RELATED TO BERKELEY BALCONY COLLAPSE

July 13, 2015

Berkeley Balcony Collapse - Crucial Hearing Tuesday On SB 465, Bill To Close Legal Loophole That Kept Regulators In The Dark About Problem-Plagued Construction Firm

WHEN:                 Tuesday, July 14, 9 a.m.

WHERE:               Room 447, State Capitol

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Key transportation panel OKs improved court access for motorists fighting excessive tickets

July 13, 2015

SACRAMENTO – For the second time in as many weeks, a key Assembly policy committee today approved a revised traffic-fine bill by Sen. Bob Hertzberg to improve access to the courts for Californians seeking to contest minor traffic infractions.

Senator Tony Mendoza

Butane Hash Oil & Methamphetamine Manufacturing Bill Approved by State Assembly

July 13, 2015

Sacramento-The State Assembly approved SB 212 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 73 to 0. The bill will address the proliferation of Butane Hash Oil (BHO) and methamphetamine manufacturing in residential neighborhoods by making it an aggravated felony to manufacture the drugs within close proximity to occupied residences and structures. The bill will now go to the State Senate for a concurrence vote and then to Governor Brown for his consideration.

Senator Jerry Hill

Crucial Hearing Tuesday On Bill By Hill, Hancock, To Close Loophole That Kept Regulators In The Dark About Firm Probed in Berkeley Balcony Tragedy

July 13, 2015

Legislation by Senators Jerry Hill and Loni Hancock to require disclosure to regulators of felony convictions and settlements in cases alleging construction defects, fraud, negligence, incompetence and other serious professional wrongdoing faces a pivotal hearing before the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on Tuesday.

Senator Kevin de León

RELEASE: White House, Labor Department Clear Way for California Retirement Savings Program

July 13, 2015

Today, at the White House Conference on Aging, President Obama announced he has directed the Labor Department to issue a rule that clarifies the path forward for state-based retirement savings initiatives, allowing for full implementation of California’s landmark Secure Choice Retirement Program.

Senator Bill Dodd

Agriculture Climate Benefits Act earns support

July 13, 2015

Wolk bill to support agricultural solutions to climate change moves forward
SACRAMENTO—The Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee today approved Senate Bill 367 by Senator Lois Wolk (Davis) to provide California’s farmers and ranchers greater opportunities to reduce their greenhouse gas emission reductions and adapt to the state’s changing climate.

Senator Kevin de León

Pro Tem Speaks to Hollywood Chamber Commerce at First Annual Luncheon

July 10, 2015

LOS ANGELES – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León delivered remarks at the first annual Hollywood Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at the historic Paramount Studios in Los, Angeles, CA on Friday, July 10, 2015.

Senator Tony Mendoza

Bill to Remove the Term “Alien” from California Labor Code Approved by State Assembly

July 9, 2015

Sacramento –The State Assembly today approved SB 432 by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Chair of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on a vote of 55 to 0. The bill modernizes outdated law by deleting the term “alien” from the California Labor Code, as a definition for an immigrant individual. The bill now goes to Governor Brown for his consideration.

Senator Tony Mendoza

Senate Constitutional Amendment 8 to Increase Representation in California’s Largest Counties Clears First Hurdle

July 9, 2015

Sacramento – A bipartisan measure to increase the number of elected supervisors from 5 to 7 members in counties that have more than two million residents authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) was approved today by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. The measure now goes to the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee for consideration.