Caucus News

Senator Steven Bradford

Senator Bradford Introduces Bill to Provide Relief for Responsible Taxpayers

February 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO ­– Today, Senator Bradford (D- Gardena) introduced SB 1082, sponsored by Board of Equalization Member, Fiona Ma, to grant relief to hardworking Californians who encounter financial hardship. SB 1082 allows the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to provide a one-time late fee waiver to individuals with a history of on-time, personal income tax payments, aligning our state law with federal tax law.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva: Protect Children from Dangerous Lead Exposure

February 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that recommits the State of California to ensuring that all children at risk of lead exposure receive blood lead screening tests was introduced in the California State Senate late last week.  

Senator Ben Hueso

Senator Hueso, Mayor Faulconer Advocate for Legislation to Support California’s Underserved Communities

February 9, 2018

San Diego, CA – February 9, 2018 – Senator Hueso (40th District) and City of San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer held a joint press conference today to highlight Sen. Hueso’s legislation, Senate Bill 635, which was sponsored by the City of San Diego, and will provide state assistance to communities designated as federal “Promise Zones” in their efforts to receive critical federal revitalization resources.

Senator Jerry Hill

State Senator Jerry Hill Introduces Bill to Require That Customers Get the Benefit of Utilities’ Tax Savings

February 8, 2018

State Senator Jerry Hill introduced legislation to require that the savings privately owned utilities reap from recent federal tax changes are passed along to customers in the form of reduced rates. “The savings that these utilities realize must be returned to ratepayers,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. “Anything else would be grossly unfair.”

Senator Josh Newman

Senator Newman Introduces Legislation to Hold California’s Distracted Drivers Accountable

February 8, 2018

Sacramento, CA - Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) introduced legislation today that aims to dramatically reduce the incidence of distracted driving on California roads and highways. Senate Bill (SB) 1030, introduced in the Senate today, will strengthen current distracted driving penalties by making distracted driving a moving violation, and adding a point to the driver’s motor vehicle record for electronic device violations.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva Introduces Legislation to Protect Victims of Harassment from Retaliation

February 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Building on her ongoing efforts to protect victims of sexual harassment and other related forms of harassment, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced important legislation to clarify that individuals can be held personally liable for retaliating against an employee for exercising her or his legal rights against discrimination and harassment under state law.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Releases Statement Opposing Trump Offshore Drilling Plan

February 8, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, to coincide with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s only public meeting on the Trump Administration’s plan to expand offshore oil development in federal waters, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), released the following statement:

Senator Bill Dodd

Senator Dodd seeks to protect Drinking Water Access

February 8, 2018


SACRAMENTO – Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced a new bill to protect access to drinking water for households. The bill would enact a sweeping slate of consumer protections to ensure that families struggling to pay their water bills are given time and options before their water service is disconnected.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener Introduces Drug Co-Pay Bill to Permanently Protect Consumers from Price Gouging

February 8, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 1021, which will keep out-of-pocket drug costs low for consumers by preserving and strengthening existing drug pricing protections. SB 1021 does this by permanently extending drug co-pay limits and prescription drug pricing standards put in place in 2015 under a bill (AB 339) authored by Assemblymember Rich Gordon, which are currently set to expire at the end of 2019. SB 1021 also strengthens these protections, including by ensuring these pricing protections apply to HIV prevention drugs.

Senator Jim Beall

Increasing Children's Access to Mental Health Services

February 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO – To increase mental health funding for children, a proposal to allocate at least half of grant funding for triage services available under the Mental Health Wellness Act for youth 18 years and younger was introduced today by Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose.