Caucus News

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Statement on the Passing of Edie Windsor

September 12, 2017

Sacramento –  Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) offered the following statement on the passing of Edie Windsor, who was the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act:

“Edie Windsor changed the world. Her personal and powerful story of loss and discrimination played a key role in winning marriage equality. Edie is a hero to the LGBT community and to everyone who believes in fairness, and her loss hurts. May she rest in power.”

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Bill to Improve Protections for Whistleblowers Passes Assembly

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today passed legislation by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to improve protections for whistleblowers so they can keep their jobs while retaliation complaints against their employers are being investigated.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s LGBT Seniors Bill of Rights Passes Assembly, Moves to Governor for Approval

September 12, 2017

Sacramento –Today Senate Bill 219 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), which creates an LGBT Seniors Bill of Rights for seniors living in long-term care facilities, was approved by the California State Assembly. The bill was approved by the California Senate this past Spring, and now moves to the Governor’s desk after a Senate concurrence vote. Equality California is sponsoring SB 219, and the bill is co-authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona.)

Senator Ricardo Lara

California Invests in Dream Loan Program Created by Senator Ricardo Lara

September 12, 2017

$10 million announced today will aid California students who face elimination of DACA program and other AB 540-eligible students

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Legislature announced $10 million in funding to help undocumented students pay for college, expanding the Dream Loan program authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens).

Senator Kevin de León

Legislative Leaders, Governor Agree on $30 Million in Funding to Assist DACA Recipients

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislative Leaders and the Governor have agreed to provide $30 million in assistance to Dreamers in response to President Trump’s recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“We will not let one man with xenophobic tendencies undercut years of progress we have made in California to integrate these young adults into our society and economy,” said Senator President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). “California is their home and they are our future.”

Senator Steven Bradford

Governor Signs Senate Bill 489 Improving Worker’s Compensation for Emergency Services

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Late yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 489, which will extend the period of time allowed for hospitals and emergency physicians to bill for emergency services provided to workers injured on the job.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Leyva Lead-Free Drinking Water Bill Signed Into Law

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – After earning bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 427 authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will further ensure the safety of drinking water in California.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Sept. 12, 2017: Senate committee to vote early Wednesday on earmarking $30 million to help DACA residents

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to remove the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over the heads of thousands of young Californians, a key Senate committee is expected to vote tomorrow on a $30 million emergency plan to provide them legal and financial assistance.

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, chaired by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, will vote on the plan, a combined effort by Gov. Brown’s office and the leadership of both houses, to aid residents here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Sept. 12, 2017: Senate committee to vote today on earmarking $30 million to help DACA residents

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to remove the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over the heads of thousands of young Californians, a key Senate committee today is expected to vote on a $30 million emergency plan to provide them legal and financial assistance.

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, chaired by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, will vote on the plan, a combined effort by Gov. Brown’s office and the leadership of both houses, to aid residents here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Senator Josh Newman

Senator Newman’s SB 455 Signed by Governor Brown

September 11, 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) has had another measure signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. Senate Bill (SB) 455 will allow military families moving to California to register their children in any California school district in advance of their Permanent Change of Station order.