Caucus News

Senator Jerry Hill

Senator Jerry Hill Introduces Bill to Enable Students Who Rely on Medicinal Cannabis to Take Their Medication at School

February 13, 2018

He also presses forward with new legislation to reduce the fine for rolling ‘right-on-red’ turns, aid a nonprofit run by a Peninsula nun to provide housing for low-income families, and extend a pilot program allowing nonviolent young adult felons to serve their time in juvenile hall not jail.

Senator Jerry Hill

Magnolia Senior Center Marks 10th Anniversary of ‘Operation Valentine for Troops Overseas’ by Sending 1,800 Handmade Cards to California National Guard Soldiers and Airmen on Four Continents

February 13, 2018

 With help from the California National Guard and community leaders, SSF Magnolia Center senior citizens sent 1,800 handmade valentines to servicemen and women from the Golden State who have been mobilized to active duty and deployed in Afghanistan and the Greater Middle East, Ukraine, Kosovo, Africa and across the Americas.

Senator Josh Newman

Senator Newman Introduces Bill to Extend Eligibility for Student Transit Fare Subsidies

February 13, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) today introduced legislation aimed at reducing traffic congestion and parking issues near colleges and universities by expanding eligibility for transit subsidies to more students.  Senate Bill (SB) 1119 will revise the eligibility requirements for Low Carbon Transit Operation Program (LCTOP) funds to allow more student and other low-income residents to qualify for free or reduced transit fares.

Senator Steven Bradford

Senator Bradford Introduces SB 1135 Saving Low-Income Californians Money on Their Energy Bills

February 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO ­– Today, Senator Bradford (D-Gardena) introduced SB 1135 to help low-income residents of California pay their monthly electric and gas bills. SB 1135 expands the authority of the California Public Utilities Commission to take into account the cost-of-living in a customer’s region when determining eligibility for the State’s highly successful, California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program. This program provides low-income customers a 30-35 percent discount on their electric bill and a 20 percent discount on their natural gas bill.

Senator Toni Atkins

Senator Atkins Introduces Bill to Make it Easier for Medi-Cal Patients to Access Mental Health Care

February 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Today, Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced SB 1125, legislation that allows community health centers to bill Medi-Cal for two visits if a patient is provided mental-health services on the same day they receive other medical services.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino Welcomes Teacher of the Year Finalist Mandy R. Redfern, Ph.D to the State Capitol

February 13, 2018

Sacramento, California- Senator Anthony J. Portantino had the honor to welcome Mandy R. Redfern, Ph.D., a 2018 California Teacher of the Year Finalist to the California State Senate.  Redfern and a slate of outstanding teachers were recognized at a reception in the Capitol on Monday night.

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Calls for Reinstatement of Net Neutrality

February 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate voted 25-8 today in support of Senate Resolution 74, which calls on the FCC to reinstate its net neutrality rules and urges the U.S. Congress to codify the principles of net neutrality in statute.

Senator Toni Atkins

Senator Atkins Introduces Bill to Extend Access to Benefits for Families of Deceased Public Safety Officers

February 12, 2018

Today, Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced SB 1086, legislation that extends the window of time during which the family of a public safety officer whose death is attributable to certain work-related illnesses is eligible to collect survivor death benefits.

Senator Josh Newman

Measure by Senator Newman Creates More Earning Opportunities for Military Families, Veterans

February 12, 2018

Sacramento, CA -Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) introduced a measure today to improve the transition prospects of active duty military, veterans, and their spouses. Senate Bill (SB) 1080 would allow active duty military, veterans, and their spouses to drive for transportation network companies immediately upon their relocation to California, with a valid out-of-state driver’s license.

Senator Scott Wiener

San Francisco Leaders Join Senator Wiener in Support of New State Bill to Expand Conservatorship Laws to Help Mentally Ill and Drug-Addicted People Dying on California’s Streets

February 12, 2018

San Francisco –  Today, San Francisco leaders joined together at a press conference to support a new bill authored by Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) to expand and strengthen California conservatorship laws by giving counties broader reach and more flexibility to help those who cannot care for themselves and who are dying on our streets. SB 1045 is sponsored by San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell, who is continuing the work Mayor Ed Lee started in bringing this issue forward.