Caucus News

Senator Bill Dodd

Wolk honored for work to support veteran and their spouses

June 21, 2016

Current legislation to aid veterans nears Governor’s desk
SACRAMENTO– Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) was honored Friday by residents of the Veterans’ Home in Yountville for her work to reverse a 2009-10 budget action that resulted in non-veteran spouses having to pay up to 90 percent of their income to live with their husband or wife at a state veterans’ home. 

Senator Bill Monning

Statement from Senator Monning on the Closure of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

June 21, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), who represents San Luis Obispo County, has released the following statement about the announcement that PG&E will close the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in August 2025‎:

Senator Bill Dodd

Wolk honored for work to support veteran and their spouses

June 21, 2016

Current legislation to aid veterans nears Governor’s desk
SACRAMENTO– Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) was honored Friday by residents of the Veterans’ Home in Yountville for her work to reverse a 2009-10 budget action that resulted in non-veteran spouses having to pay up to 90 percent of their income to live with their husband or wife at a state veterans’ home.
Wolk’s Senate Bill 1440, which took effect in 2015, allowed non-veteran spouses to pay the same fees and charges as their veteran spouse to live at one of the state’s veterans’ homes.

Senator Kevin de León

STATEMENT: Senators React to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Shutdown Announcement

June 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate Leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Senators Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statements on the announcement by Pacific Gas & Electric, the country’s second largest utility, to shut down its Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant located near San Luis Obispo by 2024.

California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles):

Senator Ed Hernandez

RELEASE: Support Continues to Grow for SB 1010 & Drug Price Transparency

June 20, 2016

CalPERS & Sac Bee Support SB 1010

Assembly Health Committee Vote on Tuesday

SACRAMENTO – Support for drug cost transparency continues to grow as momentum builds for tomorrow’s Assembly Health Committee hearing on SB 1010, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina).

Senator Ed Hernandez

Statement on the Budget Vote: Higher Education Trailer Bill - College Readiness Program

June 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate passed the 2016-17 budget bill by a vote of 27-11. SB 826 (Leno) is on time, balanced, includes $122 billion spending plan, appropriates record levels of K-12 per-pupil spending, invests in public higher education, allocates money to the rainy day fund, and focuses on issues of poverty, housing and childcare.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Statement on Budget Vote: Increased Funding for Higher Education in California

June 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – With the passage of the 2016-17 budget, the California Legislature made key investments to bolster higher education in the state.

Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) has been fighting to ensure California students have the necessary opportunities for advancement within the higher education system.

Senator Bill Dodd

Senate Moves Forward with the California Legislative Transparency Act

June 16, 2016

Measure to require 72-hour online public review for legislation passes the State Senate

Senator Bill Dodd

California approves firearm violence research to fill gap left by Congressional restrictions

June 16, 2016

$5 million in state budget for University of California-based center
SACRAMENTO, CA—California’s State Legislature voted late yesterday to establish a firearm violence research center at the University of California, filling the gap left by Congressional restrictions on firearms research, four days after the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Senator Jim Beall

Beall: 2016-17 Budget Lifts Californians Out of Poverty

June 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the $122 billion spending budget passed by the Legislature:

“The new budget, passed on time, is a sensible and responsible plan that reflects the Legislature’s priorities together with the Gov. Brown’s vision for California’s future. This budget lifts people up who have not shared in the economic recovery and also prudently sets more money aside for emergencies.