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Senator Bill Dodd

Senator Dodd Announces Delta Watershed Protection Week

September 7, 2018

SACRAMENTO – In recognition of the critical role the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta plays in California’s economy and environment, the Legislature has passed a resolution from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, designating the second week of September as Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Watershed Protection Week.

“The Delta is quite simply the lifeblood of our water system throughout the state of California,” Senator Dodd said. “It is so important that we protect it.”

Senator Ben Hueso

Bill Expanding Language Access Services Within State Court System Awaits Action by Governor

September 6, 2018

Sacramento, CA – September 6, 2018 – Last week the California State Legislature approved Senate Bill No. 1155 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), which seeks to improve access to justice for thousands of Californians by expanding language access services within the state court system. To promote this objective, the legislation would allow small claims courts in California to provide interpreters to Limited English Proficient (LEP) court users during any and all court proceedings.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Sept. 6, 2018: VIDEO - Watch and listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell's 8th-Annual Christmas-in-July event

September 6, 2018

Video just in: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s Christmas in July event hosted hundreds of students and family members, with each guest presented with donated admission, a food voucher, Metro day pass and a gift bag which included thunder sticks to cheer on the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. While the game keyed on fun, Mitchell’s eighth annual Christmas-in-July event was part of her years-long effort to engage children to stay mentally, physically and nutritionally active during summer break.

Senator Toni Atkins

State Makes Funding Available to Communities to Combat Homelessness

September 6, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) today announced that the state Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) has notified communities across California that funding is now available from two programs aimed at significantly reducing homelessness: the Homeless Emergency Aid Program and the Atkins-authored Building Homes and Jobs Act.

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire passes bill to cut red tape and implement Quagga and Zebra Mussel inspection programs

September 5, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire’s legislation that cuts through red tape and expedites Quagga Mussel inspection programs at Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma is now headed to the Governor’s desk after receiving bi-partisan support in the Legislature.

The bill would provide public agencies, like Sonoma Water, the authority to obtain funding from the State of California to implement inspection programs for invasive mussel species at local lakes controlled by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Senator Steven Bradford

California Cannabis Equity Act of 2018 Approved by the Legislature

September 5, 2018

SACRAMENTO ­– Late last week, Senate Bill 1294, the California Cannabis Equity Act was approved by the Legislature with strong bi-partisan support and is now on its way to Governor Brown’s desk, where he will take final action on all bills of his last legislative session in office. This bill, authored by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), is the first of its kind, recognizing the damaging impacts cannabis prohibition has had on disadvantaged communities and in particular, communities of color. 

Minimal Term Doesn’t Prevent Sen. Delgado from Maximum Results

September 5, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California legislature passed SB 715 and SB 1012 by Senator Vanessa Delgado (D-Montebello) and both bills are on their way to the governor’s desk.

Senator Steven Bradford

Bill to Help Inglewood Revitalization Project and LA Clippers Arena on its way to Governor Brown

September 4, 2018

SACRAMENTO ­– Late Friday evening, Assembly Bill 987, authored by Assemblywoman Kamlager-Dove and Senator Steven Bradford, was approved by both houses of the Legislature with overwhelming support and awaits the Governor’s final approval to be signed into law.  This bill will help streamline the process in which the new, Los Angeles Clippers arena and the larger sports and entertainment project, can be built in the City of Inglewood.     

Senator Bill Dodd

Lawmakers Pass Senator Dodd's Cyberterrorism Bill

September 4, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The Legislature has approved a bill from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will add “cyberterrorism” to the list of conditions that constitute a state of emergency under the California Emergency Services Act.

“As cyberterrorism becomes more of a threat, it is crucial that we give the governor the tools necessary to defend our state and assist in recovery,” Senator Dodd said. “Clearly, this new scourge has the potential to disrupt our lives and could result in the loss of water, power or essential public safety services.”

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Sept. 1, 2018: SACRAMENTO BEE - After women said #MeToo, here’s how California lawmakers confronted sexual harassment

September 4, 2018

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By Alexei Koseff

The bombshells began dropping during the legislative recess last fall.