Caucus News

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire, Members of Legislature, Send Letter to Governor Urging CA to Pull National Guard From the

June 29, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire and more than two dozen fellow California State Legislators sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown this week urging him to recall the National Guard from the border and not take any part in President Trump’s inhumane, zero-tolerance policy separating children from their parents.

Senator Scott Wiener

Assembly Committee Approves Senator Wiener’s Bipartisan Bill to Allow Cities to Extend Alcohol Sales to 4 AM

June 28, 2018

Sacramento –  Today the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee approved Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to allow – but not require – cities to extend sales of alcohol at bars, nightclubs, and restaurants (but not liquor stores) to as late as 4 a.m. SB 905 previously passed the State Senate in May, and now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which must approve the bill by August 17th.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Governor signs Environmental Quality Committee bill to modernize air districts' communications with the public

June 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown today signed a bill by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee to modernize the way local air districts notify the public about hearings, workshops, and other information and events.  SB 1502 was approved by the Legislature without opposition before going to the Governor.

Senator Bill Dodd

Governor Brown Signs Landmark Privacy Law

June 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A comprehensive internet privacy and data breach protection bill introduced by Senators Bill Dodd, D-Napa, Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys and Assemblymember Ed Chau, D-Monterey Park, passed the Senate and Assembly on Thursday and was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Adoption of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 was followed by the withdrawal of a ballot measure seeking the same protections that would have cost California taxpayers millions of dollars.

Senator Scott Wiener

Bill to Expand Conservatorship Laws to Help the Chronically Homeless with Severe Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders Passes Final Policy Committee

June 28, 2018

Sacramento – Today a bill by Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) to expand and strengthen California conservatorship laws passed its final Assembly policy committee.  Senate Bill 1045 establishes a five year pilot program that authorizes San Francisco and Los Angeles Counties to create a new conservatorship focused on chronically homeless individuals who suffer from mental health and substance use disorders, and who cannot care for themselves.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Legislators Comment on Passage of AB 375

June 28, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Senate and Assembly passed AB 375, a sweeping privacy measure that protects California consumers and their private information. Governor Brown then signed the bill, prompting proponents of the similar California Consumer Privacy Act initiative to pull their measure from the November ballot.

The authors of the legislation released the following statements upon passage of the bill:

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Bill to Improve How California Sets Local Housing Goals Passes Final Assembly Policy Committee

June 28, 2018

Sacramento  –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to fix California’s process for setting housing goals in all cities passed its final Assembly policy committee. Senate Bill 828 creates a more data-driven and less political Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process, which sets the number of both affordable and market-rate units that every city in California needs to create every eight years.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Bill to Improve How California Sets Local Housing Goals Passes Final Assembly Policy Committee

June 27, 2018

Sacramento  –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) bill to fix California’s process for setting housing goals in all cities passed its final Assembly policy committee. Senate Bill 828 creates a more data-driven and less political Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process, which sets the number of both affordable and market-rate units that every city in California needs to create every eight years.

Senator Ricardo Lara

Statement from Senator Lara and Assemblymember Thurmond on Supreme Court’s Janus Decision

June 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – The chairs of the Senate and Assembly Labor Committees, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME.

“As the chairs of the labor committees of the California Legislature, every day we bear witness to the dignity of working people who are standing up for their rights against the rich and powerful.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Wieckowski's bill to transition to a green grid by phasing out dirty power plants advances in Assembly

June 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today to study how to reduce the worst-polluting fossil fuel plants that are negatively impacting the air quality of disadvantaged communities. SB 64, supported by a number of environmental justice organizations, now advances to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.