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Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Solar Roofs Bill Passes out of Transportation and Housing Committee

May 9, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee approved Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to authorize the implementation of a solar mandate, which would require solar panels to be installed on most new buildings in California.  This would make California the first state in the country to require solar installation on new construction. SB 71 has previously been approved by the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee. 

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

May 9, 2017: Senate Budget chair prepares for Thursday’s release of latest budget estimates

May 9, 2017

Watch Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s budget comments on KQED-TV

SACRAMENTO – Sen.  Holly J. Mitchell, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, today released the following information about this week’s expected developments on California’s state budget:

 

On Thursday, California Gov. Jerry Brown releases revised budget revenue estimates and additional changes to his budget plan for fiscal year 2017-2018.
 

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

May 9, 2017: Nation’s largest coalition of Jewish groups names Sen. Holly J. Mitchell lawmaker of the year

May 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO - A statewide Jewish-advocacy group late Monday presented Sen. Holly J. Mitchell with its annual leadership honor, known as the Jerry Sampson Memorial Award.

"Holly Mitchell exemplifies the values that the Jewish community holds dear: helping those who are in need, looking out for society's most vulnerable, and working hard to ensure equality for all," Julie Zeisler, executive director of the group said.

Senator Kevin de León

Pro Tem’s 100% Clean Energy Bill Clears Senate Committee

May 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Energy Committee today passed a measure by California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) to set California on a path to 100% renewable energy by the year 2045.  The vote was 8 ayes – 2 noes.

Senator Jerry Hill

Advocates for Strict Legal Safeguards to Prevent Abuse of Children and Teens in Underage Marriages Call for Support of Hill's SB 273Hill

May 8, 2017

Advocates for strict legal safeguards to prevent abuse of children and teens in underage or forced marriages will testify in support of Senator Jerry Hill’s Senate Bill 273 in a hearing conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senator Cathleen Galgiani

Fifteen Fallen Officers Honored During California's Peace Officers' Memorial Day

May 8, 2017

Fifteen Fallen Officers Honored during California’s Peace Officers’

Memorial Day –May 8th 2017

 

SACRAMENTO—Law enforcement officers from across California converged at the State Capitol today to honor officers who made “the ultimate sacrifice” in the line of duty.  Senator Cathleen Galgiani served as the legislativesponsor of this year’s event that included the recognition of fifteen officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

May 8, 2017: Hundreds attend rally where Sen. Mitchel offers inspiration

May 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO -- About 200 youths representing about 40 groups belonging to the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color heard Sen. Holly J. Mitchell today offer words of inspiration.

"Because I represent you, I can't half step," Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, told the diverse gathering in support of the annual Free Our Dream event at a conference room on nearby K Street. "There should never be a question about me moving foward."

Mitchell also spoke in support of her package of bills to help reform the state's criminal justice system treats youths and young adults.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

May 8, 2017: Hundreds attend rally where Sen. Mitchell offers inspiration

May 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO -- About 200 youths representing about 40 groups belonging to the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color heard Sen. Holly J. Mitchell today offer words of inspiration.

"Because I represent you, I can't half step," Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, told the diverse gathering in support of the annual Free Our Dream event at a conference room on nearby K Street. "There should never be a question about me moving foward."

Mitchell also spoke in support of her package of bills to help reform the state's criminal justice system treats youths and young adults.

Senator Josh Newman

Statement on Passage of SB 607 – Keep Kids in School Act

May 8, 2017

On Monday, Senate Bill 607, authored by State Senator Nancy Skinner (Berkeley) passed the Senate floor by a vote of 29-9-2.

Recognizing that student suspensions can do more harm than good Senate Bill 607 eliminates willful defiance as grounds for suspension and expulsion for students grades K through 12th. The prohibition on such suspensions would be permanent for grades K-5th with a 10 year sunset date for grades 6th-12th. SB 607 encourages schools and districts to utilize alternatives to traditional school discipline practices. The bill received bi-partisan support.

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire, Assemblymember Wood request Governor declare Salmon Disaster

May 5, 2017

Sacramento, CA – California's iconic salmon fishery, and the thousands of families who depend on the fishery for their livelihood, are in crisis.

Due to an unprecedented collapse in California’s salmon population, this week, Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Jim Wood sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown requesting he declare a statewide Salmon Fishery Disaster.