Caucus News

Senator Jim Beall

PRESS RELEASE: Senator Beall’s Push to Redevelop an Obsolete State Building to Build More Student Housing Moves Forward

January 24, 2020

Sacramento – Last year, Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) engaged with local leaders on the need for San Jose State University to redevelop the nearby aging Alquist Building, currently owned by the State.

Senator Toni Atkins

Leader Atkins Responds to Trump Administration’s Abortion Threat to California

January 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on the federal Health and Human Services Notice of Violation to California for its Abortion Coverage Mandate:

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd, Asm. Aguiar-Curry to Host Free Tax Help

January 24, 2020

NAPA – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, will host a free, tax help day Feb. 11 in their Napa offices. Experts from the California Society of Enrolled Agents will provide one-on-one assistance, answering questions on a wide variety of tax topics including the Affordable Care Act, running a business, buying a home, getting married and AB 5, the state’s new law regarding independent contractors. Assistance will be available in English and Spanish.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd Legislation Helps Schools in Emergency Power Shutoffs

January 23, 2020

 SACRAMENTO –Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today that would help schools recover funding and instructional time lost by wildfire-related power shutoffs from Pacific Gas & Electric Co and other utilities.

“Educating our children is priority one, so communities stricken by PG&E’s poorly executed power outages shouldn’t be forced to endure losses to their school budgets,” Sen. Dodd said. “My bill will ensure school districts are made financially whole while providing a mechanism to offer makeup days for students who have missed value classroom time.”

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd Responds to Gov. Newsom’s PG&E Objection

January 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today in response to an objection filed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the bankruptcy financing scheme proposed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co.:

Senator Lena A. Gonzalez

California State Senator Lena Gonzalez Joins Equality California Institute Board of Directors

January 22, 2020

LONG BEACH, Calif. — California State Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) has been elected to serve on the board of directors of Equality California Institute, the 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit associated with Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. Senator Gonzalez, a longtime advocate for LGBTQ equality, has represented Long Beach and Southeast Los Angeles County in the California State Senate since 2019.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bill Bans Pink Tax

January 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Charging more for a pink children’s helmet over a blue one could be outlawed under legislation introduced by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) today. Senate Bill 873 would make it illegal to charge customers different prices for substantially similar goods on the basis of gender.

Senator Jerry Hill

Senator Jerry Hill Introduces Bill to Tighten Rules for Safe Digging by Excavators

January 21, 2020

State Senator Jerry Hill has introduced legislation to help prevent excavators from striking underground natural gas pipelines, telecommunications cabling, electrical lines, water mains and other underground infrastructure. SB 865 is aimed at preventing dangerous "dig ins" with more training, increased communication.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd Introduces Disaster Insurance Claims Bill

January 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO -- Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today to streamline residential insurance claims for victims of disasters such as wildfires.

“When someone has lost their home or suffered serious damage in a disaster, they shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get coverage they are entitled to,” Sen. Dodd said. “Insurance companies must act swiftly to advance living expenses for temporary housing and other costs and they shouldn’t bury home owners in exhaustive inventory forms. People who pay their premiums deserve to be made whole without unnecessary delay.”

Senator Toni Atkins

Leader Atkins Statement on SB 50 Returning to Senate Rules Committee

January 17, 2020

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on moving SB 50 from Appropriations Committee back to Rules Committee: