Caucus News

Senator Nancy Skinner

Governor Signs Skinner Bill Jumpstarting Zero-Emission Vehicles for California Fleets

October 10, 2017

Sacramento, State Capitol – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 498, authored by State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley).

SB 498 is targeted at increasing the number of EVs and other zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in public and private vehicle fleets. The bill builds on Governor Brown’s 2012 Executive Order that set a target of 1.5 million ZEVs on California’s roads by 2020.

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Leader de León says California’s Protections Against Campus Sexual Assault will not be Derailed by Trump Administration

October 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – In a letter released today to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon vowed California “would not accept” federal policies that “tip the scale of justice” against victims of campus sexual violence.


Senator Toni Atkins

Senator Atkins Reacts to California Wildfires

October 10, 2017

Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) today made the following statement regarding the wildfires that are currently ravaging parts of California:

“As I witness the wildfires burning across California, I can’t help but vividly recall the devastating San Diego wildfires of 2003 and 2007, when I served on the City Council, and my heart goes out to the communities throughout the state that are facing the same danger today. This is a lesson that fires don’t discriminate—they affect communities from our prized wine country to the rural areas in the Sierra foothills.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Leyva Bill Helping Low Income Californians Access Critical Services Signed into Law

October 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to protect the health and wellbeing of low income Californians was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

Senator Toni Atkins

Senator Atkins Issues Legislative Update: 6 Bills Signed

October 9, 2017

On Saturday, Oct. 7, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he had signed Senate Bill 285, legislation authored by Sen. Toni Atkins that will strengthen public-employee labor rights. It became the sixth bill authored by Atkins to be signed into law.

The six bills are:

Senator Jerry Hill

Governor Sign Bill Enabling San Mateo County and 3 Special Districts to Potentially Reap Millions in Savings for Major Construction Projects

October 9, 2017

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 793 by Senator Jerry Hill today, enabling San Mateo County to take advantage of a process that allows public entities to ensure the best value in construction project contracts – a move that would expedite the county’s five-year, $444-million capital improvement plan.

Senator Jim Beall

Senator Jim Beall's Reaction to the Signing of SB 595

October 9, 2017

CAMPBELL – Senator Jim Beall, chairman of the Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement on the Governor’s signing of Senate Bill 595, a proposed ballot measure that would increase Bay Area bridge tolls, except for the Golden Gate Bridge, to fund a traffic relief plan comprised of over 30 projects to reduce commute times:

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Portantino’s SR 710 Rent Freeze Bill Signed by Governor Brown

October 9, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Brown signed SB 400 by Senator Anthony Portantino, D – La Cañada Flintridge, which requires Caltrans to freeze the rent of its tenants who participate in the “Affordable Rent Program” until January 1, 2020. 

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Governor signs Wieckowski's ADU housing bill

October 9, 2017

Sacramento – Yesterday, following up on a major reform bill from last year that streamlined the development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 229, legislation by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to clarify that limits on sewer and water connection fees and charges apply to special districts and water corporations, as well as cities and counties. 

Last year, Wieckowski, a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, successfully authored SB 1069 to eliminate the most onerous barriers to the construction of ADUs. 

Senator Scott Wiener

California Legislators to Hold Hearing Tomorrow on High Level of Youth Homelessness in California

October 9, 2017

Los Angeles –  On World Homeless Day, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) will hold a hearing on the high level of youth homelessness in California, and what the state should be doing to get young people off the street. This will be a joint informational hearing of the Senate and Assembly Human Services Committees, which Senator Wiener and Assemblywoman Rubio serve on as chairs.