Caucus News

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Statement on the Passage of Net Neutrality Legislation by the State Senate

January 29, 2018

Sacramento  –  Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after the State Senate passed a bill to require net neutrality in California:

“The California Senate just passed a bill that moves us toward adopting net neutrality as the law of the land in our state. We’re committed to protecting a free and open internet. I’m proud to collaborate with Senator Kevin de Leon to move this important issue forward, via his SB 460 and my own bill, SB 822.”

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva Applauds Ontario $35 Million Grant Award

January 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In keeping with its commitment to “achieve equitable and resilient communities and landscapes for all Californians”, the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) today awarded the City of Ontario / Ontario Connects with a $35 million competitive grant award as part of their Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senate Passes “College Student Right to Access Act”

January 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the California State Senate approved legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that would ensure access to medication abortion services on California public university campuses for students who may become pregnant and seek to terminate their pregnancy during the first ten weeks.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senate passes bipartisan Wieckowski bill to establish minimum content standards for beverage containers

January 29, 2018

Sacramento – A bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) requiring CalRecycle to establish minimum content standards for beverage containers passed the state Senate today with bipartisan support.  SB 168 is supported by a number of environmental groups and recycling organizations. The vote was led by a bipartisan group of senators, including Senator Jeff Stone, who agreed to co-author the bill moving forward. It now heads to the Assembly for consideration.

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Approves Net Neutrality Legislation

January 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 460, the measure by Senate Leader Kevin de León to preserve net neutrality protections for California businesses and consumers. The bill was approved on a 21-12 vote and now moves on for consideration by the State Assembly.

 

Senator Ricardo Lara

California Senate Approves SB 183 to Require That Immigration Agents Obtain a Warrant in Courts, Schools and other State Buildings

January 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO, California – Today the California Senate approved Senate Bill 183, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), to protect the delivery of justice, education and other fundamental rights for Californians.

SB 183 requires ICE agents obtain a valid federal warrant in order to detain, question, or perform surveillance on an individual inside a state building.

SB 183 responds to concerns that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are undermining California’s essential services by using state offices as “bait” to detain undocumented immigrants.

Senator Ben Hueso

TURN Honors Senator Hueso with Utilities for All Champion Award

January 29, 2018

Sacramento, CA – January 29, 2018 – The Utility Reform Network (TURN) will host its annual Legislative Consumer Champions reception today in Sacramento, during which it will honor Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) with its Utilities for All Champion Award. Senator Hueso is being recognized for his work on legislation that protects millions of California ratepayers struggling to avoid disconnection by ensuring greater accountability and monitoring of utility customer service disconnections in California.
 

Senator Jim Beall

Sen. Jim Beall's Proposal to Increase Foster Youth's Access to Cal Grants

January 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – For many foster care youth, alone and without the support of parents or family members, affording the cost of college can be insurmountable. To increase their college enrollment, achievement, and graduation rates, Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, today introduced Senate Bill 940, legislation that expands foster youths’ access to financial aid by extending their Cal Grant eligibility.

“Foster youth are some of the hardest working people I’ve met,’’ Beall said, “and I am committed to working just as hard to support them and expand their opportunities for success.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener & Supporters Announce New State Bill to Support Lactation in the Workplace for Working Women

January 29, 2018

San Francisco – Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) joined state and local legislators, business leaders, and advocates to announce a bill to support women in the workplace by requiring lactation facilities and resources be provided to employees in California. The announcement took place at San Francisco-based company Stitch Fix, whose CEO Katrina Lake has been a leader in providing comprehensive lactation facilities and promoting other family-friendly policies.

Senator Toni Atkins

Senator Atkins Introduces Bill to Remove Arbitrary Cap on Treatment Time for Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer

January 29, 2018

Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) on Monday introduced SB 945, legislation that seeks to remove arbitrary caps in the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) for low-income, uninsured or underinsured patients.

Currently, the BCCTP caps treatment for breast cancer at 18 months and treatment for cervical cancer at 24 months, regardless of medical need. SB 945 would remove those caps and allow the program to continue to provide treatment for as long as necessary.