Caucus News

Bill to Protect Children in Day Camps Approved by State Senate

May 22, 2015

Sacramento - The State Senate today approved SB 476 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 39 to 0. The bill will protect the well-being of California’s children by ensuring that day camps in the state are held to the same high standards as resident camps where children stay overnight. The bill now goes to the State Assembly for consideration.

Vaccinations Required for Day Care Center Workers Under Bill Approved by State Senate

May 22, 2015

Sacramento –The State Senate today approved SB 792 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on a bipartisan vote of 34 to 3. The bill will protect California children in day care from contracting serious diseases by requiring family day care home and day care center workers to be vaccinated against measles, pertussis, and influenza among others. The bill now goes to the State Assembly for consideration.

Senator Henry Stern

Legislative Update from Sen. Fran Pavley: Injection Wells

May 21, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Fran Pavley is not letting up on a drive to protect California’s underground drinking-water supplies from contamination.The senator is pushing to redirect a budget proposal that would earmark $3.5 million to fund 23 experts and other technicians from the state oil and gas regulator to the state’s water quality regulators to expedite their evaluation of potential groundwater contamination from oil and gas production.

Senator Kevin de León

RELEASE: President pro Tempore De León Announces Appointments

May 20, 2015

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, has announced the following appointments by the Rules Committee:

Senator Mike McGuire

With news of another oil spill off Santa Barbara County’s coast, McGuire calls for an end to new leases for offshore oil drilling in California

May 20, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Yesterday’s oil spill in the once pristine waters off Santa Barbara County’s Refugio State Beach is a grim reminder of just how risky coastal oil development can be. 
Local environmental and state agencies along with emergency crews, have sprung into immediate action to limit the damage from an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil that spilled from a ruptured pipeline, draining crude oil for three hours and creating nine miles of toxic sheen in ocean waters.

Senator Kevin de León

Pro Tem Issues Statement on Oil Spill Off of Santa Barbara County Coastline

May 20, 2015

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León released the following statement on the oil spill off of El Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County:

Senator Bill Monning

California Medical Association Officially Changes Position on Aid in Dying

May 20, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced it has become one of the first state medical associations in the nation to change organizational policy with regard to the issue of physician aid in dying.  The group’s longstanding position had been to oppose physician aid in dying and had been upheld several times since the policy was adopted in 1987.  By removing decades old organizational policy, CMA has also removed its opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 128 (Monning/Wolk), the End of Life Option Act.

Senator Scott Wiener

Sen. Leno Issues Statement on Contra Costa County's Ban on Youth Solitary Confinement

May 20, 2015

Senator Mark Leno issued the following statement following Contra Costa County Probation Department's decision to end its use of solitary confinement for all youth detained in Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Issues Statement on Oil Spill off of Santa Barbara County Coastline

May 20, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement on the oil spill off of Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County:

Senator Bill Dodd

California Medical Association Removes Opposition to Physician Aid in Dying Bill

May 20, 2015

Senator Wolk calls position change a major breakthrough
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Medical Association (CMA) announced it has become one of the first state medical associations in the nation to remove its historic opposition to physician aid-in-dying. With this announcement, the organization has now officially taken a neutral position on SB 128 - The End of Life Option Act (Wolk).