Caucus News

Senator Josh Newman

Budget Subcommittee Chair Portantino Proud Of Budget Subcommittee's Funding Plan

May 22, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senator Anthony J. Portantino closed out the State Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education last week with several important additions and ratifications to the Governor’s recently released May revised budget. 

 

Senator Benjamin Allen

Senator Ben Allen to Hold Press Conference on Ocean Pollution Reduction Act

May 19, 2017

 

Senator Mike McGuire

Senate passes McGuire’s Bill Severely Restricting Pharmaceutical Industry Gifts to Medical Professionals

May 18, 2017

Sacramento, CA – State Senator Mike McGuire’s groundbreaking legislation that significantly restricts pharmaceutical companies from giving gifts and incentives to medical professionals was approved today in the Senate. 

SB 790 severely restricts pharmaceutical companies from providing flights, travel, speaking fees, consulting payments, entertainment or other economic benefits to health care providers.

California has an opportunity to put patient care and drug affordability before corporate profits with SB 790. 

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

May 18, 2017: Sen. Mitchell talks about guns, sentence enhancements before Senate approves SB 620

May 18, 2017

Watch, listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell talk about guns and sentence enhancements shortly before Senate approves SB 620.

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Leader Kevin de León and Treasurer John Chiang Vow to Fight for Californians’ Right to Retirement Security

May 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO  – State Treasurer John Chiang and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said today that California’s Secure Choice program remains on track to provide retirement security to nearly 6.8 million private-sector workers who do not have access to a retirement savings plan from their employer.

Senator Mike McGuire

$5 million in early funding for Last Chance Grade approved

May 17, 2017

Sacramento, CA – The California Transportation Commission voted today to approve $5 million for initial environmental work related to the permanent solution for Last Chance Grade. Senator McGuire, Assemblymember Wood and Congressman Huffman have been fighting for these funds for the past many months.

Senator Josh Newman

Obama Freeway Proposal Passes State Senate

May 17, 2017

Sacramento, CA — Senator Anthony Portantino’s proposal, SCR 8, to name the segment of the CA-134 freeway between the Glendale CA-2 and the Interstate 210 Freeway the “President Barack H. Obama Freeway,” passed the State Senate with overwhelming bi-partisan support with a 34 to 1 vote.  The resolution now heads to the State Assembly.

President Obama began his college education in California, attending Occidental College in

Senator Scott Wiener

Bill to Stop Irrelevant Disclosures of Immigration Status in Open Court Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

May 16, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Public Safety Committee approved a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) to protect immigrants from irrelevant disclosures of their immigration status in open court. SB 785 requires that any discussion or questioning about the immigration status of any witness, victim, or defendant first be deemed by a judge to be relevant to the subject of the litigation.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

May 15, 2017: Should kids under 12 be prosecuted? Watch the debate here

May 16, 2017

Watch and listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell explain to fellow senators why children under 12 should be helped not prosecuted under Senate Bill 439. After her remarks, fellow senators approved her reform measure, along with a companion measure, SB 180. Both are part of the #EquityAndJustice package she's jointly authoring with Sen. Ricardo Lara.  Read press release HERE:

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

May 15, 2017: Here's why reasonable prison sentences are safe, save money

May 16, 2017

Watch and listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell explain to fellow senators why more reasonable prison sentences are necessary for safety and to save money under Senate Bill 180. Immediately afterward, the Senate approved her reform measure, along with a companion measure, SB 439, both part of the #EquityAndJustice package she's jointly authoring with Sen. Ricardo Lara.  Read press release HERE: