Caucus News

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Women's Caucus Decries Vote to Gut Planned Parenthood from Healthcare Law

May 4, 2017

Following  a vote today by the U.S. House of Representatives today  on Trumpcare (H.R. 1628) —the American Health Care Act—the California Legislative Women’s Caucus called upon its colleagues in Washington to protect women’s access to essential healthcare.  Current versions of the legislation produced at the 11th hour would eviscerate funding for Planned Parenthood, jeopardizing the healthcare of women and rolling back women’s rights for decades.   The bill will next be heard in the U.S. Senate.

Senator Ed Hernandez

Statement: Senate Health Leader on the Passage of the GOP Health Care Bill

May 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Chair of the Senate Health Committee Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) released the following statement on the passage of the federal legislation known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) through the House of Representatives today:

“Just when we thought we were safe.

“Minutes ago, Congressional Republicans passed a cobbled together plan to strip coverage from millions of Americans in order to give massive tax cuts to the wealthy few.  

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Leader Pledges California Will Continue to Implement Retirement Savings Programs for Private Sector Workers Despite Congress’ Vote to Derail State Retirement Plans

May 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), author of California’s Secure Choice Retirement Savings program (SB 1234), issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s approval today of a resolution aimed at eliminating state retirement programs for private sector workers.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

May 3, 2017: Statewide health-advocacy groups presents Sen. Holly J. Mitchell with annual leadership award

May 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO -  A statewide health-advocacy group today presented Sen. Holly J. Mitchell with its annual leadership award during a ceremony on the Capitol's West steps.

Senator Josh Newman

Bill in Response to Wells Fargo Scandal Clears Key Vote

May 2, 2017

A bill by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to protect victims of mass fraud and identity theft cleared a key vote today in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Dodd’s bill was introduced in response to the recent Wells Fargo scandal where millions of accounts were fraudulently opened without consent, using consumer’s personal information from existing accounts. The legislation, co-sponsored by California State Treasurer John Chiang, would give victims their day in court by preventing financial institutions from using forced arbitration clauses in cases where they perpetrated fraud.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Strengthen Voir Dire to Better Identify Bias in Prospective Jurors

May 2, 2017

Sacramento –  Today the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) that will help create more impartial juries by better identifying bias in the civil jury selection process. SB 658 will prevent unreasonable and arbitrary restrictions during voir dire by requiring judges to consider specific factors when setting time limits and types of questions.  SB 658 is sponsored by the Consumer Attorneys of California and supported by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Senator Kevin de León

California Senate Leader Introduces 100 Percent Clean Energy Measure

May 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) on Tuesday introduced Senate Bill 100, The California Clean Energy Act of 2017, which puts the state on the path to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2045.

VIDEO: Press Conference: California Senate Leader Introduces 100 Percent Clean Energy Measure

Senator Henry Stern

Senator Henry Stern Launches First Jobs Tour of the San Fernando Valley

May 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Last Friday State Senator Henry Stern, along with Senator Bob Hertzberg, and members of the Valley Economic Alliance, visited several local businesses throughout the San Fernando Valley to seek input about innovative ways to bring jobs to and elevate the economic vitality of the region.

The tour included stops at Aerojet, in Canoga Park; toy maker MGA Entertainment’s new campus in Chatsworth; Cal State University Northridge; Brent’s Deli in Northridge; and Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc., in North Hollywood.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Wieckowski, De León unveil new post-2020 Cap and Trade program

May 1, 2017

Sacramento – State Senators Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León today announced a new and improved Cap and Trade program to take effect in 2021 and maintain California’s global leadership in the fight against climate change. 

SB 775, which will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on May 10, eliminates some of the key weaknesses of the existing system and puts Cap and Trade on solid ground through 2030.  The bill requires two-thirds support in the Legislature.

Senator Cathleen Galgiani

Senator Cathleen Galgiani: “It’s time to let California voters decide.”

May 1, 2017

Proposed Constitutional Amendment ties tuition increases and substandard service wages to the number of University of California administrators paid more than the Governor.

Today, Senator Cathleen Galgiani introduced a proposed Constitutional Amendment in response to the latest audit of the University of California’s finances.