Caucus News

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Hertzberg Pushes Legislation to Roll Back DL Suspensions

September 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation today to roll back driver’s license suspensions for Californians who have been unable to pay their traffic fines and fees.

SB 237 would apply to about 200,000 Californians who did not benefit from Traffic Amnesty Program that ended this spring and who had their licenses suspended before Gov. Jerry Brown changed the law to prevent the practice in a trailer bill attached to the 2017-18 state budget.

Senator Ricardo Lara

Statement of Senator Ricardo Lara on the Dialysis Patient Safety Act

September 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement on the Dialysis Patient Safety Act (SB 349):

“I introduced the Dialysis Patient Safety Act in response to the shocking stories I heard from patients and workers about lack of protections and oversight in this rapidly expanding industry. Dialysis in California is a billion-dollar industry yet we treat it like a Wild West with bare minimum standards.

Senator Jerry Hill

Assembly Approves Martins Beach Bill, Sends Legislation to Senate for Final Review

September 7, 2017

The Assembly approved legislation today by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, that provides the State Lands Commission with a tool allowing it to acquire public access to Martins Beach, the scenic shoreline south of Half Moon Bay that was closed to the public almost a decade ago when a Silicon Valley billionaire decided to shut a gate to the popular beach.

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire, County of Trinity, Humboldt Area Foundation, Supervisor Bohn & Trinity Journal, partner to establish Trinity County Fire Relief Fund

September 7, 2017

Sacramento, CA – In response to the devastating Helena Fire that has hit the community of Junction City, Senator Mike McGuire, The Humboldt Area Foundation, the County of Trinity, the Trinity Journal and Humboldt County Supervisor Rex Bohn have come together to establish the Trinity County Fire Relief Fund.

Senator Richard Pan

Dr. Richard Pan Named Child Care Champion by Parent Voices and Child Care Law Center

September 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento region was presented with the “Child Care Champion” Award by Parent Voices and the Child Care Law Center.

The Child Care Champion Award recognizes outstanding leadership in the California Legislature to make quality, affordable child care a reality for children and families. 

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson And De León Issue Statement On Trump Roll Back Of Title IX Protections

September 7, 2017

For Immediate Release
September 7, 2017

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Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Sept. 6, 2017: Legislature sends bill ending unfair fees on children to governor

September 6, 2017

Bill is part of #EquityAndJustice package by Sens. Lara and Mitchell

SACRAMENTO – Less than one day after the Assembly voted in favor, the Senate today approved and sent to Gov. Brown a plan to end unreasonable fees on families of incarcerated children.   

“For far too long, poor children and children of color are more likely to become victims of the juvenile justice system,” Sen. Holly J. Mitchell said about Senate Bill 190, one of several bills in the #EquityAndJustice package by Mitchell and Sen. Ricardo Lara.

Senator Bill Dodd

Legislature Passes Bill in Response to Wells Fargo Scandal

September 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, the California State Legislature approved a bill by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to protect victims of mass fraud and identity theft. The bill, co-authored by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills), was introduced in response to the Wells Fargo scandal where millions of accounts were fraudulently opened without consent, using consumer’s personal information from existing accounts.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Governor Brown Signs Portantino’s Senate Bill Protecting Recipients of Acute Mental Health Services

September 6, 2017

Sacramento, CA – This week, Senate Bill 565, by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge), was signed and chaptered into law by Governor Brown. SB 565 requires a mental health facility, prior to a certification review hearing, to make reasonable attempts to notify family members or any other person designated by the patient of the exact time and place of the hearing at least 36 hours prior to the certification review hearing. 

Senator Toni Atkins

Atkins’ Bill to Help Convict Sex Traffickers Heading to Governor’s Desk

September 6, 2017

The California Senate today gave final approval to SB 230, legislation by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) that will help prosecutors convict predators who traffic in sex slavery, sending the bill to the governor’s desk. The Senate’s vote came after the Assembly passed the bill on Tuesday.