Caucus News

Senator Bill Dodd

Garage Door Safety Bill Clears Senate

May 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to improve public safety during power outages by requiring newly sold or installed garage door motors to be equipped with backup batteries was approved by the full Senate Thursday in a unanimous, bipartisan vote.

“This is an important safety measure that will provide a quicker and safer evacuation when electric power is lost,” Senator Dodd said. “For seniors, disabled people and those who are unable to manually lift a door, a backup battery in an emergency situation could be the difference between life and death.”

Senator Nancy Skinner

Skinner’s SB 1025 to Give Courts Discretion on Sentencing for Nonviolent Drug Offenses passes State Senate, now on way to the Assembly

May 31, 2018

Today, with bipartisan support, the California Senate passed Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 1025, legislation that will give judges discretion to grant probation for certain nonviolent drug offenses. Skinner’s bill must now pass the Assembly and be signed by Governor Brown to become law.

Senator Nancy Skinner

California Senate Passes Senator Skinner’s SB 1138 to Offer Plant-Based Meal Options in Hospitals, Healthcare Facilities and Prisons

May 31, 2018

Today, with unanimous support, the California Senate passed Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 1138, “Ensuring a Plant Based Meal Option,” which would require hospitals, healthcare facilities and prisons to offer “plant-based” meals to people in these institutions.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson's Equal Pay Data Bill Passes off Senate Floor

May 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to shed light on what large California companies pay their employees passed off the Senate floor today. SB 1284 gives businesses a chance to self-examine their pay practices while providing California an opportunity to monitor the progress toward equal pay.

Senator Nancy Skinner

California Senate Passes Senator Skinner’s Electrify California Ride-hailing (E-CAr) Legislation

May 31, 2018

Today the California State Senate approved Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) E-CAr legislation, SB 1014. E-CAr, which stands for Electrify California Ride-hailing, would accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles and other zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) deployed by ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. Skinner’s legislation would set zero-emission targets for passenger or vehicle miles traveled as a result of rides arranged through Transportation Network Companies (TNCs).

Senator Josh Newman

Measure to Prohibit Bounty Signature Gathering, Passes California State Senate

May 31, 2018

Sacramento, CA – A measure by that would prohibit the practice of paying signature gatherers on a per-signature basis, was approved by the California State Senate today. Senate Bill (SB) 1394, authored by Fullerton Democrat Josh Newman, passed the Senate on a 24-13 vote.

Senator Josh Newman

Measure to Create Sports License Plate and Fund State Parks, Passes CA State Senate

May 31, 2018

Sacramento, CA – A measure to allow California drivers to order a DMV license plate with their favorite California professional sports team logo, was approved by the California State Senate today. Senate Bill (SB) 1189 would require revenues from the sports license plate to be used to fund operations and maintenance of state parks.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senate Votes to Pass Legislation on Plastic Pollution

May 31, 2018

Sacramento, California – The California State Senate voted to pass SB 1422 and SB 1263. Both measures are authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino, D–La Cañada Flintridge.  They will help increase the knowledge of the risks of micro plastic materials and microfibers on the marine environment and drinking water.  These issues impose a potential threat to the public’s health as the levels of micro plastics in drinking water are not currently monitored.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

May 31, 2018: VIDEO - Senate raises grants to make fighting childhood poverty a statewide priority

May 31, 2018

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell: CalWORKS bill would help children thrive

SACRAMENTO – In a move that promises to help alleviate childhood deep poverty, the California Senate today approved on a bipartisan 39-0 vote a plan to modestly raising cash grants for eligible working-class families statewide.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

May 31, 2018: Senate raises grants to make fighting childhood poverty a statewide priority

May 31, 2018

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell: CalWORKS bill would help children thrive

SACRAMENTO – In a move that promises to help alleviate childhood deep poverty, the California Senate today approved on a bipartisan 39-0 vote a plan to modestly raising cash grants for eligible working-class families statewide.