Caucus News

Senator Scott Wiener

Governor Newsom Signs Into Law Senator Wiener’s Legislation to Strengthen Timely Care for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

October 10, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation, SB 221, which requires health plans and insurers to provide patients with timely follow-up care for mental health issues and substance use disorders. It will go into effect on July 1, 2022.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Gov. Newsom signs Wieckowski bill to require local government agencies to email agenda packets on request

October 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed SB 274 by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), a bill to modernize and increase local government transparency policies by requiring local agencies to email agenda packets to people who request them. The Legislature passed the bill with bipartisan support. It is supported by media organizations, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the Los Angeles Sunshine Coalition.

Senator Benjamin Allen

Creative Workforce Development Act of 2021 Signed into Law by Governor Newsom

October 9, 2021

Sacramento – The Creative Workforce Development Act of 2021 was signed into law by Governor Newsom this week. Inspired in part by the New Deal-era Works Progress Administration, Senate Bill 628 by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) will provide employment and job training for artists and creative sector workers. The new law focuses on uplifting people from disadvantaged communities who may not otherwise have opportunities to pursue careers in the arts.

Senator Richard Pan

Governor Signs Legislation SB 742 to Protect Our Right to Get Vaccinated

October 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 742 on Friday, a bill authored by Dr. Richard Pan to give local officials the tools they need to keep extremists from harassing and intimidating patients and front-line workers when getting the vaccine.  

Senator Sydney Kamlager

Senator Kamlager's Legislation to Bring Health Care to Unhoused Communities, AB 369, Vetoed by Governor Newsom

October 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Senator Sydney Kamlager’s legislation, AB 369: The Street Medicine Act, was vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom. 

Senator Sydney Kamlager

Senator Kamlager’s Landmark Legislation Around Criminal Justice Reform, AB 333 and AB 124, Signed Into Law

October 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, two key bills of Senator Sydney Kamlager’s criminal justice legislation, AB 333: Gang Enhancements and AB 124: Justice for Survivors were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. 

Senator Sydney Kamlager

Senator Kamlager’s C.R.I.S.E.S. Act, Supporting Local Solutions to Community Emergencies, Signed into Law by Governor Newsom

October 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Senator Sydney K. Kamlager’s (D - Los Angeles) bill, AB 118: CRISES Act: Community Response Initiative to Strengthen Emergency Systems was signed into law by Governor Newsom. 

Senator Nancy Skinner

Newsom Signs Skinner’s SB 354, Foster Care Placement with Relatives

October 8, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed Sen. Nancy Skinner’s SB 354, which removes obstacles in the foster care system that have prevented children from being placed with a relative caregiver who may have a past conviction. Current law can prevent someone from caring for a child, even when their past conviction is decades old and they pose no safety risk to the child.

Senator Nancy Skinner

Governor Signs SB 81, Judicial Guidance on Sentence Enhancements

October 8, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed SB 81, legislation by Sen. Nancy Skinner that provides guidelines to judges on the use of sentence enhancements. SB 81 is designed to address the proliferation of sentence enhancements, which can often double the length of a prison term and have been disproportionately applied to people of color and those suffering from mental illness.

Senator Susan Rubio

Governor Newsom Signs Rubio Bill Allowing Victims to Use Remote Technology As They Seek Protection From Abusers

October 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Newsom today signed a bill by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that will provide greater protections and safety for victims as they try to leave dangerous situations. 

Senate Bill SB 538 strengthens protections for survivors of domestic violence by requiring California’s Superior Courts to maintain procedures allowing parties to electronically file for Domestic Violence Restraining Orders and Gun Violence Restraining Orders. The bill will also allow parties and witnesses to appear remotely at a hearing for the petition.