Caucus News

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Net Neutrality Bill Gains Broad Support in Advance of First Hearing

April 12, 2018

Sacramento–  Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to restore net neutrality in California has gained key support from elected leaders, organizations, businesses, and almost 53,000 California residents. These supporters include Tom Wheeler, who served as Chair of the Federal Communications Commission under President Obama and wrote the 2015 Open Internet Order.

Senator Ben Hueso

Senator Hueso Reacts to Governor Brown's National Guard Deployment

April 11, 2018

San Diego, CA – April 11, 2018 – In light of today’s decision by Governor Brown to accept federal funding to add approximately 400 California National Guard members statewide, Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus, issued the following statement:

“California has always been and remains a beacon of hope for immigrants from all countries and walks of life.

Senator Kevin de León

Senator de León’s Statement on Governor Brown’s National Guard Deployment

April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO - Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement today:

"Security at the California Mexico border has been strengthened to unprecedented levels over the past decade, which has resulted in historically low unlawful border crossings. Therefore, I don’t think it’s prudent to deploy the National Guard to militarize the border.

Senator Richard Pan

Dr. Richard Pan’s Bill to Boost Public Confidence in Autopsy Reports Passes the Senate Governance & Finance Committee

April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA –Senate Bill 1303 to require autopsies be conducted by medical experts to ensure they are accurate and unbiased passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee today.

“Autopsy reports provide critical information in determining the cause and manner of death and we must have the confidence in their accuracy,” said Dr. Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento region. “The public and juries need to trust that they will receive accurate and objective information to make the correct verdict on a criminal case.”

Senator Toni Atkins

Pro Tem Atkins Appoints Senator Newman to Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has appointed Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) to the State Council on Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.


“As a veteran of the U.S. Army and the father of a young child, Senator Newman is uniquely qualified to serve in this role,” Senate leader Atkins said. “I’m confident that Senator Newman will be a strong advocate to ensure that all of California’s military children have access to a quality education.”


Senator Ed Hernandez

Release: Bill on Oversight of CA Recovery & Treatment Centers Approved by Policy Committee

April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Health Committee passed Senate Bill 992, which brings more oversight for licensed substance use disorder treatment facilities and adds transparency to unlicensed recovery homes, by a vote of 9-0.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Release: Policy Committee Approves Bill to Help Californians Afford their Health Care

April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Health Committee passed Senate Bill 1255, which establishes state-funded subsidies for Californians to purchase health coverage through Covered California, by a vote of 8-1.

Authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., (D-West Covina), SB 1255 would direct Covered California to administer state-funded subsidies to Californians who have to pay more than 8% of their annual household income on insurance premiums.

Senator Ricardo Lara

Senator Lara Introduces ‘Dignity in the Driver’s Seat’ Bill to End Rampant Exploitation of Port Truckers

April 11, 2018

Mayors of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland united in support of Senate Bill 1402, which holds major retailers liable when trucking companies break labor laws

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill 1402 to end the rampant exploitation of truck drivers who haul cargo from California’s ports.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino & IBM’s Proposal to Strengthen the High School Career Pathway Passes Education Committee

April 11, 2018

Sacramento, California- Today, the Senate Education Committee unanimously passed SB 1243 with bi-partisan support. The legislation is authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino, D- La Cañada Flintridge, and sponsored by IBM. SB 1243 proposes a unique early college/high school technology pathway program which is known as P-TECH.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson's Bill to Combat Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Passes Key Committee

April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – As more people come forward with their experiences of being sexually harassed by colleagues and bosses, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)’s legislation to fight sexual harassment in the workplace passed the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations committee today on a 4 to 1 vote. Senate Bill 1300 closes loopholes in law that discourage or prevent victims from speaking out, allow employers to avoid sexual harassment and discrimination laws, and leave employees vulnerable to sexual harassment at work.