Caucus News

Senator Ricardo Lara

Senator Ricardo Lara Introduces California Cooling Act to Combat Powerful Greenhouse Gases in Refrigerants and Air Conditioners

February 7, 2018

SB 1013 would keep California in the lead on reducing HFCs after federal court deals blow to Obama Administration rules

SACRAMENTO – Today California Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced the California Cooling Act (Senate Bill 1013) to target dangerous gases in refrigerants and air conditioners.\

Senator Bill Dodd

New Bill Bolsters Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign

February 7, 2018

 

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced a bill to bolster the state’s efforts to prevent drunk driving. The bill would increase the reach of the California Highway Patrol’s Designated Driver Program, which provides education and outreach to help prevent drunk driving.

Senator Ricardo Lara

Senator Lara Introduces ZEV Equity Act to Open Carpool Lanes to Used Clean Air Vehicles

February 6, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – With California setting a goal of 5 million Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced the ZEV Equity Act (Senate Bill 957) to open carpool lanes to drivers of used clean air vehicles.

Senator Nancy Skinner

Senator Skinner Issues Statement on Alameda County Child Care and Early Education Initiative

February 6, 2018

The Office of State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) issued the following statement today regarding the Alameda County Board of Supervisor’s approval of the Alameda County Child Care and Early Education Ordinance and draft program plan:

Senator Nancy Skinner

Senator Skinner Introduces “E-CAr” (SB 1014) to Shift Ride-Hailing to Zero-Emission Vehicles

February 6, 2018

This week, Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced legislation to accelerate the uptake of EVs and other zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) deployed by ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. Dubbed “E-CAr” (Electrify California Rideshare), Skinner’s legislation would set zero-emission targets for rides arranged through Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). To give a boost to TNC drivers who want to use California’s ZEV incentives, the bill would direct funds specifically for rebates for TNC drivers.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino Introduces Bill to Bring Suicide Prevention Hotline to School Campuses

February 6, 2018

Sacramento, CaliforniaSenator Anthony J. Portantino, D – La Cañada Flintridge, introduced SB 972 which would require all public, charter, and private schools to print a suicide prevention hotline number on the back of students identification cards. The measure would be enacted July 1, 2019 for grades seven through twelve and all higher education institutions. Adolescent suicide and self-inflicted injury are a serious social and public health concern. Senator Portantino has a distinguished record supporting the well-being of kids at all levels.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Wieckowski to recognize four honorees at 7th Annual African American Heritage Leadership Awards

February 6, 2018

Union City – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognize the work of four local awardees making important contributions to the 10th Senate District at his 7th Annual African American Heritage Leadership Awards program.  The awards program is at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 8 in the Union City Council Chambers, 34009 Alvarado-Niles Rd.  Doors open at 3 p.m.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Wieckowski introduces bill to have Caltrans relinquish part of SR 84 to Fremont

February 6, 2018

Fremont – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced legislation yesterday to relinquish a stretch of State Route (SR) 84 to the city of Fremont.  Under SB 989, the portion of SR 84 between I-880 and Mission Boulevard would be turned over to the city. 

Senator Toni Atkins

Senator Atkins Introduces Legislation to Help Violent-Crime Survivors Avoid Choosing Between a Home and a Pet

February 6, 2018

Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) on Tuesday introduced SB 1005, a bill that allows survivors of violent crimes, such as domestic violence, to use state-provided victim-relocation funds to pay for expenses related to housing an animal companion, including pet deposits and pet rent.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener Introduces Bill to Strengthen Early Intervention Mental Health Services for Youth to Prevent Long-Term Mental Illness

February 6, 2018

Sacramento –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 1004 to allow for early intervention for children, transition age youth, and young adults experiencing early signs of mental illness. SB 1004 does so by requiring a much more structured and focused approach on prevention and early intervention mental health programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which is funded by a tax on millionaires (Prop 63).