Caucus News

Senator Kevin de León

California Senate Leader Responds to AG Sessions Call to Punish “Sanctuary Cities”

March 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate President Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement Monday in response to United States Attorney Jeff Session’s announcement to withhold Department of Justice grant dollars from “sanctuary cities.”

“The announcement today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is nothing short of blackmail. When it comes to immigrants and sanctuary counties and cities, the Attorney General and the President are stuck on alternative facts.

Senator Bill Dodd

Senators Dodd, McGuire to chair Select Committee on Wine

March 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) 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. 

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Senator Jackson Introduces Legislation to Help Entangled Whales

March 24, 2017

JACKSON INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO HELP ENTANGLED WHALES

Entangled Gray Whale Spotted Yesterday off the Coast of Santa Barbara

SACRAMENTO –  State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced a bill to support emergency response teams that rescue whales, sea turtles and other marine mammals that have become entangled in fishing gear or stranded on the coast.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

March 24, 2017: Black business leaders present Sen. Holly J. Mitchell with public service award

March 24, 2017

Honor highlights ‘outstanding contributions’  

LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce late last night presented Sen. Holly J. Mitchell with its annual Public Service Award in recognition of her efforts to help small businesses in California’s largest city.

Senator Scott Wiener

California Senate Passes Resolution Calling For Congress to Order Independent Investigation into Trump-Russia Ties

March 23, 2017

Today the California State Senate passed a resolution authored by Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Bill Dodd (D-Napa) calling for the United States Congress to form a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate any connections between President Donald Trump and Russia. This includes appointing a special prosecutor to investigate any connection between President Trump’s administration, presidential campaign, or his business empire, and the Russian government or related business interests.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Statement: Senate Health Leader on the Anniversary of the ACA

March 23, 2017

Senator Hernandez recognizes the ACA accomplishments in California

SACRAMENTO – Chair of the Senate Health Committee Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) released the following statement on the signing anniversary of the Affordable Care Act: 

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bill To Provide Job-Protected Leave for New Parents Passes Out of Committee

March 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO – As momentum continues to grow nationwide for stronger family leave policies, a bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to ensure that more Californians can take leave to care for a newborn without the fear of losing their jobs has passed out of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. The vote was 4-1.

The bill now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

March 22, 2017: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell named recipient of inauguarl Willie L. Brown, Jr., award

March 22, 2017

Award marks 40th anniversary of California Association of Black Lawyers

SACRAMENTO – The California Association of Black Lawyers has named Sen. Holly J. Mitchell recipient of its inaugural “Willie L. Brown, Jr., Advocacy Award,” the president of the group said today.

“Sen. Mitchell has displayed an unparalleled commitment to diversity, justice and the community,” Camille Townsend said. “The organization unanimously agrees that Sen. Mitchell embodies the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Advocacy Award.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

March 22, 2017: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell named recipient of inaugural Willie L. Brown, Jr., award

March 22, 2017

Award marks 40th anniversary of California Association of Black Lawyers

SACRAMENTO – The California Association of Black Lawyers has named Sen. Holly J. Mitchell recipient of its inaugural “Willie L. Brown, Jr., Advocacy Award,” the president of the group said today.

“Sen. Mitchell has displayed an unparalleled commitment to diversity, justice and the community,” Camille Townsend said. “The organization unanimously agrees that Sen. Mitchell embodies the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Advocacy Award.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

SB 66 to eliminate tax write offs for corporate punitive damages passes committee

March 22, 2017

Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is seeking to eliminate the ability of the worst-behaving corporations to write off on their tax returns punitive damages a court has ordered them to pay victims for egregiously and knowingly violating the law.  Wieckowski’s Senate Bill 66 passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee this morning.