Caucus News

Senator Bill Dodd

Solano County’s Helen Pierson Named Woman of the Year

March 5, 2021

VALLEJO – Helen Pierson, whose company, Medic Ambulance Service, has been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, transporting some of the first people exposed to the virus on the Princess Cruise ship and later, organizing mobile testing and vaccine dissemination, has been named Woman of the Year for Solano County by Sen. Bill Dodd.

Senator Maria Elena Durazo

Senator Durazo Introduces Groundbreaking Legislation to Seal Conviction & Arrest Records in California

March 4, 2021

LOS ANGELES - On Wednesday, Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) with co-authors Senators Nancy Skinner (D-Alameda) and Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) and Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Alex Lee (D-San Jose) introduced SB 731, groundbreaking criminal justice reform legislation that would create a comprehensive process to automatically seal conviction and arrest records in the state of California.

Senator Maria Elena Durazo

Senator Durazo Moves To Prohibit Paying Workers With Disabilities Less than the California Minimum Wage

March 4, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) has introduced SB 639, legislation that would prohibit paying workers with disabilities less than the California minimum wage. SB 639 advances economic justice for workers with disabilities by phasing out the payment of sub-minimum wage and transitions workers with disabilities to competitive, integrated employment. 

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino Issues Statement on Legislation to Expand Safe, In-Person Classroom Instruction

March 4, 2021

Sacramento, California - Senate Anthony J. Portantino (D-La Canada) released the following statement regarding legislation passed today to return California students back to their classrooms.

Senator Toni Atkins

Senate Launches ‘Blueprint for a Fire Safe California’

March 4, 2021

SACRAMENTO – With another hot and dry fire season on the horizon and potential drought settling in over California, preparedness efforts throughout the state are underway. In anticipation of this, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and the Senate’s Wildfire Working Group have released a plan and introduced a budget framework to prioritize fire prevention and response efforts.

Senator John Laird

Sen. Laird Introduces Legislation Recommended by the State Auditor to Improve the EDD

March 4, 2021

SB 390 will require the EDD to establish and routinely revise a recession plan to increase the department’s efficiency during an economic downturn 

Senator Bill Dodd

Napa County’s Dr. Karen Relucio is Woman of the Year

March 3, 2021

NAPA – Napa County’s public health officer, Dr. Karen Relucio, who led the community response to the coronavirus pandemic, providing critical direction to limit infections and save lives, has been named Woman of the Year by Sen. Bill Dodd.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senate Budget Subcommittee approves increased early action wildfire package

March 2, 2021

Sacramento – The state Senate Budget Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy approved a $573 million proposal on early action wildfire budget issues today, expanding on Governor Newsom’s request for $323 million in funding in this year’s budget.  The early action wildfire package will be part of negotiations with the Assembly and the Newsom administration.

Senator Nancy Skinner

Sen. Skinner Statement on $6.6 Billion Schools Reopening Plan

March 2, 2021

“We have two competing truths: Learning with teachers and friends in a classroom is better for most kids, yet in the midst of a pandemic, reopening schools increases the risk of exposure to COVID-19. So, details matter. It was important to do our best to land on a school reopening plan that truly prioritizes the safety of families, teachers, staff, and the community. Thankfully, AB 86 strikes that balance.”

Senator Dave Cortese

Senator Dave Cortese Issues Statement on Plan to Reopen California Schools

March 1, 2021

Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) issued the following statement about School Reopening Legislation, SB/AB 86 as amended March 1st, 2021, that would provide funding to open California schools and aid in learning recovery efforts: