Caucus News

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bill To Update Laws To Reflect Marriage Equality Passes Off Senate Floor

April 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to modernize language in more than a dozen sections of California law to reflect the fact that same-sex couples can now marry passed off the Senate floor on a bipartisan vote today. The vote was 34-2.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bill To Strengthen Job-Protected Bonding Time for New Parents Passes Out of Committee

April 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO – As momentum grows for stronger family leave policies across the country, a bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to guarantee job-protected leave for new parents passed out of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee today. The vote was 4-1.

The bill now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senator Bill Dodd

Effort to establish Inner Coast Range Conservancy moves forward

April 13, 2016

Legislation builds on national protection for Berryessa Snow Mountain 
(SACRAMENTO, CA)–Building on last year’s declaration of the Berryessa Snow Mountain Region as a National Monument by the President, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water voted 6-2 Tuesday to approve a bill that establishes a state conservancy to protect, preserve and restore the Northern Inner Coast Range.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Liu Presents Award for California Small Business Day

April 13, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Cedeno

April 11, 2016
818-409-0400

Daniel.Cedeno@sen.ca.gov

SENATOR LIU PRESENTS AWARD FOR CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS DAY

Senator Henry Stern

Aliso Canyon safety bill clears final committee review, heads to Assembly floor

April 13, 2016

        SACRAMENTO – Senator Fran Pavley’s urgency bill to ensure that natural gas injections into the Aliso Canyon storage facility do not resume until a rigorous regimen of well-safety tests is completed was approved without dissent today by the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is now headed for consideration on the Assembly floor.

Senator Richard D. Roth

Senator Roth’s Proposal to Protect Small Businesses, Ensure ADA Compliance Approved by Assembly Appropriations Committee

April 13, 2016

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to protect California’s small businesses and the disabled community was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote.

Senate Bill 269 is a modified version of last year’s Senate Bill 251, which was also authored by Senator Roth but vetoed by the Governor. SB 269 removes the tax credit that was the focus of the Governor’s veto, reduces the employee ceiling for qualifying businesses from 100 to 50 employees, and makes other clarifying changes.

Senator Scott Wiener

Transparency Bill Passes Key Senate Committee

April 12, 2016

Legislation that improves transparency, accountability and trust between law enforcement and the public passed the Senate Public Safety Committee with a 5-1 vote. Senate Bill 1286 allows greater public access to peace officer records related to serious uses of force and sustained charges of misconduct.

Senator Bill Monning

Legislation to Restore Eelgrass, Mitigate Carbon Dioxide Effects on Ocean and Native Species Passes Senate Committee

April 12, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water passed Senate Bill (SB) 1363, authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), which requires the Ocean Protection Council (OPC), in coordination with the State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), to establish a program to restore eelgrass with the goal of mitigating the harmful effects of global warming caused by carbon dioxide on the ocean and California’s coastal plant and animal species.

Senator Bill Dodd

Bill to protect state’s aquifers, groundwater moves forward

April 12, 2016

Committee approves Wolk bills to protect groundwater resources, promote water efficiency
(SACRAMENTO, CA)–Legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to protect California’s aquifers and groundwater resources from permanent damage due to overdraft was approved by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water today on a 6-2 vote.

Senator Bill Dodd

Bill to give Napa County another chance to preserve Skyline Park for public use moves forward

April 12, 2016

Legislation gives the county until January 1, 2021, to purchase the park
(SACRAMENTO, CA)–The State Senate’s Governmental Organization Committee voted 9-3 today to approve Senate Bill 1119, legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to give Napa County additional time to raise the funds to purchase Skyline Wilderness Park.