Caucus News

Senator Kevin de León

President Pro Tempore de León Announces Appointments

January 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO- California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D- Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, has announced the following Rules Committee Appointments:

Senator Ricardo Lara

Senator Lara Introduces Safe Sidewalk Vending Act to Promote Entrepreneurs and Fight Deportation Threat

January 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sidewalk vendors are a fixture in California’s communities and a part of vibrant food cultures. But outdated laws expose these entrepreneurs to harassment, criminal prosecution, and even deportation.

The Safe Sidewalk Vending Act, Senate Bill 946, prohibits making street vending a crime and allows local governments to regulate vendors if they create a permit process.

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire introduces legislation to honor legacy of Deputy Sheriff Robert Rumfelt

January 31, 2018

Lakeport, CA – For the past three decades, Deputy Sheriff Robert Rumfelt worked tirelessly to protect and serve his country and the greater Lake County community. After graduating from Clear Lake High School, he answered the call to serve our nation by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps and earned numerous accolades for his honor, courage and commitment. Deputy Rumfelt continued serving when he was hired by the City of Lakeport as a Police Officer in 1995 and then as a Sheriff’s Deputy for Lake County in 2014. 

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva Introduces Legislation To Address High Suicide Rates At State Prisons

January 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced important legislation requiring the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to report annually to the State Legislature on its efforts to prevent and respond to inmate suicide.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Jan. 31, 2018: Senate Budget chair responds to State of the Union Address

January 31, 2018

Here is the response by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, to yesterday's State of the Union Address by President Trump.


Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Hertzberg Applauds Court of Appeal Ruling on Money Bail System

January 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Last week, the First District Court of Appeal of California declared current bail setting practices unconstitutional.  In its ruling, the court states that legislation is, “desperately needed” and mentions SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 authored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Asm. Rob Bonta (D-Oakland).

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Harassment Retaliation Prevention Act Passes State Senate

January 30, 2018

Sacramento, California – Today, SB 419, the Harassment Retaliation Prevention Act, passed the State Senate with unanimous bi-partisan support.  SB 419 is jointly authored by Senators Anthony J. Portantino, D – La Cañada Flintridge and Connie M. Leyva, D – Chino.  It has numerous co-authors from both parties.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Advisory: Senate Health Committee to Investigate Substance Use Disorder Treatment in CA

January 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina), chair of the Senate Health Committee, will be holding an informational hearing to examine services provided to individuals with substance use disorders. In California, an estimated 12% - 13% of the Medi-Cal population have a substance use disorder. 

Senator Kevin de León

Legislation to Protect Californians from Trump Tax Hikes Passes State Senate

January 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today, in a bipartisan vote, passed Senate Bill 227. Authored by Senate Leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), SB 227 is one of two measures designed to protect California taxpayers from federal tax increases under the Republican tax overhaul Congress passed last year to benefit corporations and the wealthiest Americans..

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener Adjourns California State Senate in Memory of Cannabis Activist Dennis Peron

January 30, 2018

Sacramento  –  Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) adjourned the California State Senate in memory of cannabis activist Dennis Peron, who died on Saturday at the age of 71. Wiener honored Peron for his leadership in the cannabis legalization movement, particularly for how he dedicated himself to helping people living with HIV.