Caucus News

Senator Bob Wieckowski

California Senate approves Wieckowski bill to strenghen debt notification rules

May 13, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate voted overwhelmingly today to expand consumer rights and notification requirements covering assigned debt collection practices. SB 531, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will now head to the Assembly for consideration.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen Dodd: AG Review of Vallejo Police Shooting is Crucial

May 13, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today in response to an announcement from California Attorney General Rob Bonta that the Department of Justice would conduct a review of last year's fatal police shooting of Sean Monterrosa in Vallejo:

“I’ve been calling for an independent investigation of this tragic case since the beginning, and I am glad Attorney General Bonta has taken this necessary step,” said Sen. Dodd. “It’s crucial that we have a thorough and impartial review of the facts and get accountability for any wrongdoing.”

Senator Bill Dodd

Senate Approves Sen. Dodd’s Broadband Upgrade Bill

May 13, 2021

SACRAMENTO – With the demand for reliable, high-speed internet service higher than ever, the California Senate today overwhelmingly approved legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would improve connectivity -- especially for low-income and underrepresented communities -- by removing local government roadblocks to the expansion of improved broadband service.

Senator Dave Cortese

Cortese Applauds State’s Plan to Provide Low-Income & Foster Youth Base Deposits for College Savings

May 13, 2021

Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose), author of SB 739, The Universal Basic Income for Transition Age Foster Youth Act, issued the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s recently announced plans to provide low-income students minimum base deposits for their college savings.

Senator Mike McGuire

$95 million shot in the arm for California’s Tourism & Hospitality Industry

May 13, 2021

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblymember Quirk-Silva released the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s announcement that the state will invest $95 million to fund SB 285, pending final budget approval, which will get California’s tourism economy back up and running – an initiative that Senator McGuire has championed for the past year and a half.

Senator Josh Becker

State Senator Josh Becker Urges Using the Historic Surplus to End Generational Poverty

May 12, 2021

State Senator Josh Becker called today to use the state’s historic surplus to attack economic inequality and for the Legislature to embrace a moonshot investment to break the cycle of generational poverty. “We have a historic $75 billion surplus. Now is the time to be bold: Let’s start with babies. A Baby Bond program would put money into a publicly funded trust account for every child at birth -- with more for lower income families"

Senator Melissa Hurtado

Hurtado Releases Statement on Governor's Drought Declaration and His Announcement of Partial Funding for Her SB 559--The State Water Resiliency Act

May 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) released the following statement after Governor Newsom announced partial funding of her SB 559 – the State Water Resiliency Act – and the extension of drought emergency status to Fresno, Kern, Tulare and Kings Counties:

Senator Josh Becker

State Senate Passes Bill by Senator Josh Becker to Spur Creation of Affordable Intergenerational Housing for Senior Citizens and Transition-Age Foster Youth

May 10, 2021

“My Senate Bill 591 enables creation of housing for seniors and youth so they can live, learn and thrive together while sharing a living space that provides vulnerable individuals a safe place to live,” said Senator Becker. “The benefits of such intergenerational living environments are proven. These living spaces create a dynamic and supportive community that traditional forms of age-restricted housing cannot match.”

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd: Senate Approves To-Go Cocktails Sales Bill

May 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today unanimously approved legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to assist restaurants struggling to recover from the pandemic by allowing them to sell to-go cocktails.

“If allowing restaurants to sell carry-out cocktails helps keep their doors open, we must do it,” Sen. Dodd said. “This is about preserving jobs and getting our economy back on track. I appreciate my Senate colleagues for their support.”

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd Responds To Governor’s Water Rate Relief Plan

May 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO – With two bills of his own on water access and equity pending in the Legislature, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that he would invest $1 billion to assist Californians struggling with water bills.