Caucus News

Senator Bill Dodd

Senator Wolk calls for new direction and oversight in the Delta

April 30, 2015

SACRAMENTO–Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) issued the following statement today regarding the Governor’s announcement of changes to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan:

Senator Kevin de León

RELEASE: Senate Democrats Ask Governor To Speed Up Drought Relief

April 30, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, the California State Senate’s Majority Caucus urge collaboration and list precise steps to help the state confront the historic drought crisis.
Signed by all 25 Democratic Senators, including Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, the letter asks for immediate drought relief funding and recommends tools for equipping communities in their water conservation efforts. The Senators also articulate several areas where state agencies can marshal resources to preserve water supplies more effectively.

Senator Scott Wiener

Leno Bill Allowing BART to Purchase Electricity Directly from Renewable Sources Passes Senate

April 30, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Legislation that would allow the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to increase its use of renewable energy passed the Senate today. SB 502, authored by Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, allows the regional passenger rail system to purchase wholesale electricity directly from renewable energy sources, enabling BART to reduce the carbon footprint of hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters.

Senator Richard D. Roth

Senator Roth’s Proposal to Fix California’s Physician Shortage Passes Senate Health Committee

April 29, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to fix the state’s dire physician shortage by funding additional medical residency slots passed the Senate Health Committee today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote.

Senator Kevin de León

SB 350 Approved in Senate Environmental Quality Committee

April 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Environmental Quality Committee today overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 350, which will establish new standards for renewable energy generation, building energy efficiency, and reduction in petroleum use by 2030. The bill passed on a 5-2 vote. More information.

Senator Kevin de León

RELEASE: Pro Tem Bill Inspired by Exide Scandal Clears First Vote - SB 654 Tightens Lax DTSC Oversight of Hazardous Waste Facilities

April 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A Senate policy committee Wednesday approved a bill by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León to increase state oversight of hazardous waste facilities like the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon that operated unpermitted for decades.

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire’s offshore oil drilling ban passes Senate Natural Resources Committee

April 29, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire’s bill to forever protect California’s coast from new offshore oil development in state waters passed with a sweeping vote of support from the Senate Natural Resources Committee Tuesday afternoon.
SB 788 – The Coastal Protection Act – will close the loophole in the Coastal Sanctuary Act that currently would allow the State Lands Commission to grant new leases for offshore oil and gas development. New offshore oil leases are a real possibility in California and developers are already testing the political waters.

Senator Cathleen Galgiani

Galgiani Legislation to Create Delta Weeds Oversight Committee

April 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO—Yesterday, Senate Bill 223, authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani, passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on a 7-1 vote.  SB 223 would create an oversight committee composed of community members and subject area experts who would monitor and evaluate the activities of the Division of Boating and Waterways and improve public transparency and accountability of aquatic invasive weed control in the Delta.

 

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Green Assistance Program Bill Passes Senate Environmental Quality Committee

April 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved legislation that will provide technical assistance to small non-profits, disadvantaged communities and small businesses to access funding for energy efficiency upgrades or projects that reduce the negative health impacts of poor air quality.

Senator Kevin de León

RELEASE: Pro Tem’s Child Care Bill Clears Second Committee - SB 548 Strengthens Ladder of Economic Opportunity for Women and Families

April 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO – On a 4-1 vote, the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee today passed a measure by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León to strengthen California’s child care system and lift working women, who overwhelmingly provide the care, and their children out of poverty.