Caucus News

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Wieckowski, South Bay legislators honor Lick Observatory on its 130th Anniversary

July 23, 2018

SAN JOSE – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) presented a state resolution today to University of California, Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal and staff, faculty and community leaders on behalf of the South Bay legislative delegation in honor of the 130th Anniversary of the Lick Observatory. The presentation took place at the observatory’s 36-inch Great Refractor telescope.

Senator Bill Dodd

Wildfire Preparedness Conference Committee Hearing Dates Announced

July 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO –  Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today upon the release of dates for the legislative Conference Committee on Wildfire Preparedness and Response:

Senator Bill Dodd

Governor Brown Signs Senator Dodd’s Public Works Bill

July 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that improves counties’ ability to plan and deliver infrastructure projects was signed into law Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. “It will ensure more timely completion at a higher quality, sparing the public any cost overruns,” Senator Dodd said.

Senator Jim Beall

SB 1053 Signed by Gov. Brown to Preserve Victims' of Childhood Sexual Abuse Ability to File for Civil Damages

July 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Jim Beall’s legislation, SB 1053, to resolve any confusion about how long a victim of childhood sexual abuse has to file a claim against a public entity and seek justice through the civil courts, was ratified today by Governor Brown.

“Since many abusers manage to escape prosecution,’’ Beall said, “the ability of victims to file a civil case should be protected and serve as a deterrent to the perpetuation of abuse by those who would shield the abusers from justice.’’

Senator Jim Beall

Governor Signs Sen. Beall's SB 925 to Provide Stronger Support for Children in Placement Proceedings

July 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO – When a child moves through the placement process in dependency court, Court Appointed Special Advocates stand by the child to protect their best interests and provide recommendations that best serve the child’s needs.

Yet these advocates are not required to participate in one of the most crucial junctures in the placement process -- family team meetings that include the child and parents, child welfare personnel as well as counselors, extended family, friends, and others.

Senator Bill Monning

Highway 1 to Reopen Earlier than Anticipated, Provides Restored Access to Big Sur

July 20, 2018

(BIG SUR, CA) – Today, CalTrans hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the reopening of Highway 1 at Mud Creek after being closed for more than a year.  It features a new 1/4-mile roadway that will realign the fractured highway and restores southern access to Big Sur. 


Senator Toni Atkins

Senate Leader Atkins Reacts to UC Regents Reducing Tuition for the 2018-2019 School Year

July 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in reaction to the Regents of the University of California’s decision to reduce tuition for the 2018-2019 school year.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Governor Signs Jackson Bill To Prevent Domestic Violence Homicides

July 18, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today Governor Brown signed legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to prevent domestic violence homicides by training law enforcement officers to identify domestic abuse victims whose lives are in danger and connect them with local support services.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Governor Signs Leyva Bill Expanding Opportunities for Californians with Developmental Disabilities

July 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Following strong bipartisan support in the Legislature, Governor Jerry Brown today signed a bill authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will ensure greater opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to live with families and receive services and support in a family setting.

Senator Toni Atkins

Senate Leader Atkins Announces Expansion of Treatment for Breast and Cervical Cancer

July 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO – Backed by dozens of pink-clad supporters of women’s health care, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) announced today that the state budget that took effect on July 1 includes funding for her bill, SB 945, which removes unreasonable caps on treatment under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program for low-income Californians.