Caucus News

Senator Bill Monning

The State Recognizes First California Wildlife Day Tomorrow

March 19, 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Tomorrow, the State of California will recognize the first annual California Wildlife Day to celebrate the state’s diverse and unique ecosystem.  This month, the Legislature unanimously passed Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 23 by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) to establish California Wildlife Day every year on the Spring Equinox, which, in 2017, falls on the 20th of March.

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Democrats Support Intervention to Protect California’s Clean Air Standards

March 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO- Following an unprecedented step by the Trump Administration to weaken federal vehicle fuel efficiency standards, California State Senate Democrats have written a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra offering strong support for decisive legal action to intervene on the state’s behalf.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Sens. Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell call for breakthrough juvenile justice reforms

March 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sens. Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell will hold a press conference on Monday, March 20, at a Sacramento elementary school to discuss a package of bills aimed at keeping young children out of the juvenile justice system and fixing inequity for youth and adults.

They will also kick off the 50th anniversary marking the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended Miranda rights to young people accused of crimes. 

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

March 17, 2017: Sens. Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell call for breakthrough juvenile justice reforms

March 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sens. Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell will hold a press conference on Monday, March 20, at a Sacramento elementary school to discuss a package of bills aimed at keeping young children out of the juvenile justice system and fixing inequity for youth and adults.

They will also kick off the 50th anniversary marking the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended Miranda rights to young people accused of crimes.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva Introduces “College Student Right to Access Act”

March 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In order to improve the safe and prompt access to comprehensive reproductive health services for young adult women, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) has introduced legislation to expand medical abortion services on University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and community college campuses.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Pediatricians Say Start School Later, Embrace SB 328

March 16, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Doctors we trust safeguarding our children’s health add their support to Senate Bill 328.  Introduced at the beginning of this year by Senator Portantino, SB 328 seeks to move high school and middle school start times later in the morning.   The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, strongly supports SB 328, which will require that the school day for middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Senator Jerry Hill

Senator Jerry Hill to Introduce Legislation Banning Child Marriage

March 16, 2017

State Senator Jerry Hill will introduce legislation to close a loophole in state law that allows even young children to wed because there is no minimum age requirement for marriage. His bill would prohibit individuals younger than 18 from marrying.

Senator Richard D. Roth

Measure to Restore Funding to Cities Approved by Senate Committee on Bipartisan, Unanimous Vote

March 15, 2017

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to restore lost funding to Riverside County’s four newest cities passed the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 7-0.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Senator Jackson's Bill to Clean up Beaches by Plugging Old, Leaking Oil Wells Passed Out of Committee

March 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Just a few weeks after erosion exposed eight abandoned oil wells along Summerland Beach in Santa Barbara County, two of them visibly leaking oil, a bill by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to monitor and cap California’s old, abandoned wells has passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. The vote was 8-0.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Release: Diverse Coalition Supports Drug Pricing Transparency Bill

March 15, 2017

SB 17 shines a light on rising drug prices in California

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), joined by co-author Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and NextGen Climate President Tom Steyer, along with numerous other supporters, released his new drug pricing transparency legislation, renewing his effort to shine a light on rising drug prices in