Caucus News

Senator Bill Dodd

Emergency In-Home Supportive Services Bill Clears Key Committee

April 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Legislation from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will strengthen In-Home Supportive Services in the event of natural disasters resulting in emergency declarations cleared a key Senate committee Tuesday.

The bill, which was approved by members of the Senate Human Services Committee, comes in the wake of last year’s devastating wildfires and mudslides that exposed systematic shortcomings faced by the state’s most vulnerable residents and the caregivers who assist them.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

With climate threats increasing, Senate committee explores implementation of state's adaptation policies

April 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO ­ – Increasing threats posed by climate change, including sea level rise, diminished snow pack, longer fire seasons, rising temperatures and the spread of vector-borne diseases into new habitats, are having a profound impact on all areas of California.  The state has sought to aggressively fight climate change and become more resilient to protect the health and safety of California lives and livelihoods.

Senator Mike McGuire

Landmark Emergency Alert Legislation Passes First Senate Committee Hearing with Bipartisan Support

April 10, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Six months after the North Bay Fire Storm, landmark legislation setting statewide emergency alert protocols was approved in its first official Senate Committee Hearing today.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

On Equal Pay Day, Jackson Announces Bill to Continue the Fight for Equal Pay

April 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Equal Pay Day, the day that represents how far into the next year women must work to earn what men did in the prior year, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) announced legislation that will shed light on what larger companies are paying their employees – giving businesses a chance to self-examine their pay practices while providing California an opportunity to monitor the progress toward equal pay.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Advisory: Senator Hernandez Presents Bill to Bring More Oversight to CA Recovery & Treatment Facilities

April 10, 2018

Bill also increases transparency on unlicensed sober living homes

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, April 11, Senate Bill 992, which requires more oversight for licensed substance use disorder treatment facilities and brings transparency to unlicensed recovery homes, will be heard in the Senate Health Committee.

California has the responsibility to treat and protect individuals with substance use disorders.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener Announces New Amendments to Bill to Allow More Housing Near Public Transportation

April 10, 2018

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced amendments to Senate Bill 827, which allows for more housing near public transportation. These amendments were made in consultation with colleagues, advocates, local elected officials, and housing experts.

Senator Jerry Hill

Father of CHP Officer Killed by a Young Drugged Driver, Concerned Youths Urge State Legislators to Pass Zero Tolerance Law for People Under 21 Who Drive After Consuming Marijuana

April 9, 2018

The father of a CHP officer killed by a drugged driver and concerned youths joined Senator Hill for a news conference on his SB 1273. Watch video.

Senator Bill Dodd

Legislature Recognizes 50th anniversary of Napa Ag Preserve

April 9, 2018

The state Senate passed a bipartisan resolution Monday by Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the creation of Napa County’s Agricultural Preserve, the landmark law to protect farmland that was the first of its kind in the nation.

Napa County supervisors adopted the preserve on April 6, 1968, in part to guard the region’s grape-growing heritage against unchecked development and urban sprawl happening elsewhere in the Bay Area. The measure was strengthened by voters in 2008, extending protections to 2058.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

April 9, 2018: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell adjourns California Senate in memory of Angeleno Robert “Bob” Manley

April 9, 2018

Watch and listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell adjourning the California Senate today in memory of Angeleno Robert “Bob” Manley. For more, see his Manley's bio, attached below.

Senator Kevin de León

California Senators Condemn U.S. EPA Director's Call to Rollback Federal Clean Car Standards

April 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and fifteen of his Senate colleagues sent a letter today urging U.S. EPA Director Scott Pruitt to keep existing federal clean car standards in place.  This comes on the heels of Pruitt’s threats last week to pull regulations that are critical to advancing California’s climate and clean air objectives.