Caucus News

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson's Bill to Halt Trump’s Offshore Drilling Expansion Advances

April 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Santa Barbara)’s legislation to block the Trump Administration from expanding federal oil drilling off the California coast passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee last night on a 6 to 2 vote. Senate Bill 834 will ensure that pipelines and other infrastructure needed to support new federal oil development cannot be built in California waters, effectively halting such expanded drilling efforts.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Advisory: Bill to Reform Hospital Discharge Policies for Homeless Californians to be heard in Policy Committee

April 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, April 18, legislation to provide a more humane process for discharging homeless patients after their hospital stay will be heard in the Senate Health Committee.

Authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., (D-West Covina), Senate Bill 1152 addresses a practice known as “patient dumping” where homeless patients are discharged under unsafe conditions.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

​​​​​​​Hertzberg Bill Shining Light on Social Media Bots Clears First Committee

April 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, announced today that SB 1001, a bill he authored with the support of Common Sense Kids Action to require social media companies to identify the presence of automated accounts on their sites, cleared its first hurdle by passing the Senate Committee on Business, Professions, and Economic Development on an 8-1 vote.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

April 16, 2018: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell on how the ocean can bring people together.

April 16, 2018

Watch, listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell talk about how the ocean, and surfing, especially by those touched by the criminal justice system, can bring people together.


Senator Josh Newman

Measure to Reduce Distracted Driving in California Passes Senate Appropriations

April 16, 2018

Sacramento, CASenate Bill (SB) 1030, authored by Fullerton Senator Josh Newman, passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee today on a 7-0 vote. The measure would add a point to a driver’s record if the driver is caught driving while handling a mobile device.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Bill Dodd applauds extension of Emergency Declaration

April 13, 2018

NAPA – Sen. Bill Dodd expressed strong support Friday for the extension of Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency declaration covering Northern California counties ravaged by the October wildfires.

“As we recover, we have to make sure victims of this terrible tragedy are not taken advantage of,” Senator Dodd said. “Price-gouging in communities impacted by the wildfire is not acceptable. I’ve been working with the governor on fire recovery for the past six months and appreciate this step to ensure our communities are protected.”

Senator Toni Atkins

Pro Tem Atkins Announces Appointee to California Complete Count Census Committee

April 13, 2018

SAN DIEGO – Senate leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has designated Christopher Wilson of San Diego to serve on the California Complete Count Census Committee (Committee) announced today by the Governor.

Senator Scott Wiener

Major Affordable Housing Group Announces Support for Bill to Create More Housing Near Public Transportation

April 13, 2018

Sacramento–  Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to create more housing near public transportation has received a key endorsement from a major affordable housing group. The Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), which represents over 750 affordable housing developers and advocates, announced in letter that it supports SB 827, which will prevent small and mid-sized multi-unit buildings from being banned near public transportation. 

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire recognizes renowned ‘Pasta King’ during ceremony on Senate Floor

April 12, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Today, Senator Mike McGuire and the entire State Senate recognized a Northern California legend, Art Ibleto – the Pasta King. Art was recognized for his decades of contributions and generosity to his community.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino Invites Dr. Anthony Culpepper from Glendale Community College to Testify In Capitol

April 12, 2018

Sacramento, California – Today, Senator Anthony J. Portantino, D- La Cañada Flintridge, invited Dr. Anthony Culpepper to testify before the State Senate Budget Sub-Committee on Education. Dr. Culpepper is the Executive Vice President of Glendale Community College. Senator Portantino Chairs the Senate Sub-Committee on Education. Dr. Culpepper shared his and GCC’s thoughts and concerns on Governor Brown’s proposals for online community college in California.