Caucus News

Senator Richard Pan

Dr. Richard Pan, Author of California Legislation to Boost Vaccination and Restore Community Immunity, Makes Statement on Withholding Flu Vaccines at Border Detention Camps

August 20, 2019

Sacramento, CA— Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and the State Senator that authored SB 277 in 2015 and SB 276 currently to ensure more children are vaccinated from preventable diseases, made the following statement flowing the announcement that U.S. won’t be vaccinating migrant families in holding centers ahead of this year’s flu season:

Senator Toni Atkins

Senate Leader Atkins Reacts to Planned Parenthood’s Announcement on Title X

August 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement about Planned Parenthood’s announcement that they would no longer accept federal Title X funding:

Senator Nancy Skinner

New Study Suggests California’s ‘Red Flag’ Law Prevents Mass Shootings

August 19, 2019

A new study released today by researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine suggests that California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order law (GVRO), also known as a “red flag” law, has prevented mass shootings since it went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

California’s law, AB 1014, the first of its kind in the nation, was authored by then-Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. AB 1014 allows either a law enforcement officer or a family member to seek a court injunction to remove firearms from a person who poses a significant danger to himself or others.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Back to School Suicide Prevention Effort in Effect for the 2019/2020 School Year

August 15, 2019

Sacramento, California – Senator Anthony J Portantino’s (D - La Cañada Flintridge) is pleased that the student suicide prevention effort created by SB 972 is in effect for the 2019/2020 school year.  

“As a father, I don’t want to ever read another story in the paper about a teen who took his or her life.  I am hopeful that for students struggling with depression and grappling with suicidal thoughts, having this resource readily available will save a life.  It’s a simple idea that should have a significant impact,” commented Senator Portantino.

Senator Bill Dodd

Davis Resident Honored for Civic Engagement

August 14, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Davis resident Sherrill Futrell is not afraid to share her opinion with her political representatives or ask tough questions. The retired high school civics teacher considers it her duty.

Senator Bill Dodd

Davis Senior Issues Forum is Aug. 22

August 13, 2019

DAVIS – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today he will host a public forum Aug. 22 in Davis to address important issues facing seniors and to give information about benefits and services.

Sen. Dodd will moderate a panel of experts including Yolo County officials and senior advocates as they discuss healthcare, fraud prevention and other topics affecting elder communities. After the presentations, Sen. Dodd will invite questions from the audience.

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire introduces legislation mandating early notification prior to planned power shutdowns

August 13, 2019

Sacramento, CA – With the size and scope of wildland fires in California intensifying, and electric utility companies planning to increase the use of power shutoffs to mitigate fire risks when severe weather is predicted, communication and advanced warning is more important than ever.

Senator Jerry Hill

Senator Jerry Hill Holds Hearing in State Capitol on Public Safety Power Shutoffs: What’s Being Done to Ensure They are Conducted Wisely and Safely During Wildfire Threats

August 12, 2019

State Senator Jerry Hill, as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Gas, Electric and Transportation Safety, will hold a hearing Wednesday on electric utility de-energization, better known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The hearing, entitled “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Preparing for Electric Utility De-Energization,” will examine what utilities and the California Public Utilities Commission are doing to ensure that de-energization is used wisely as a strategy to prevent wildfires.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Wieckowski leads Senate recognition of India Independence Day

August 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) welcomed India’s Consul General Sanjay Panda on the Senate floor today and led the chamber’s recognition of India’s Independence Day.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Senator Mitchell Statement On New Federal Public Charge Rule Announced Today

August 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement after Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, the acting director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced at a press conference that the rule would go into effect in 60 days: