Caucus News

Senator Richard D. Roth

Senator Roth Introduces Bill to Fix California’s Judge Shortage

February 13, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) introduced Senate Bill 229 today to help fix California’s judge shortage by funding 12 court judgeships across the State.

The Legislature previously authorized 50 additional judges to meet the shortage without directing any specific funds towards them.  Previous efforts by the Legislature to direct funding towards these positions have been unsuccessful. 

Senator Benjamin Allen

Senator Ben Allen Urges Resolution of Port Impasse

February 13, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) sent a letter to the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Thursday urging the two sides to end the stalemate that is damaging West Coast Ports and the California economy.  To view a video of Allen speaking out on the Port issue, click here. The text of Allen’s letter is below:
February 12, 2015

Holly J. Mitchell

Holly J. Mitchell bill would eliminate Grand Jury in officer-related shootings

February 13, 2015

Says public trust requires a more open investigatory process when fatalities occur

Sacramento – Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) has introduced SB 227, a bill to prohibit the use of the criminal Grand Jury in cases of officer-involved shootings or in cases where excessive force used by an officer results in the death of a suspect.

Cathleen Galgiani

Senator Galgiani Appointed to Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Protection Commission

February 13, 2015

For Immediate Release:                                                                                              For More Information:

February 11, 2015                                                                                               Trent Hager 916-651-4005

              Senator Galgiani Appointed to Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Protection Commission

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Leno Announces Major Reforms to Increase CPUC Transparency

February 12, 2015

SB 215 Limits the Powers of the CPUC President, Restricts Back-Channel Communications and Sets Standards to Curb Bias
SACRAMENTO – Following ongoing revelations of unethical back-channel communications between the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the utilities it regulates, Senator Mark Leno today announced significant legislative reforms to help rebuild public trust in this important agency.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino


February 11, 2015

For Immediate Release                                                                                     Contact: Robert Oakes

Bill Monning

Senator Monning Renews Push for Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks

February 11, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – In the wake of a growing movement to rein in sugary drink consumption and unprecedented evidence tying these beverages to California’s skyrocketing diabetes and obesity rates, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation requiring health warning labels on sugary drinks.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senate Environmental Quality Committee to examine how state, locals are preparing for climate change

February 10, 2015

Sacramento – California state senators unveiled new legislation to strengthen California’s leadership in clean energy and combating climate change today at the state Capitol.  The proposals call for new benchmarks for energy efficiency, pollution reduction and petroleum use.

Senator Ben Hueso

Hueso Introduces Bill to Establish Expert Committee to Advise on Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas-Related Policies

February 10, 2015

(Sacramento, CA)– State Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) introduced a bill that calls for the creation of the Committee on Maximizing Jobs and Economic Development.  The Committee would advise state agencies on the most effective way to implement clean energy policies while creating more employment opportunities across the state.

Senator Nancy Skinner

Senate & Assembly Joint Hearing on Police and Community Relations

February 9, 2015

Senate & Assembly Joint Hearing:

Law Enforcement and Community Trust in California

Sacramento – The Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees will hold a joint hearing on Tuesday, February 10th on police and community relations in California. 

The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4203 of the State Capitol.  It is expected to be broadcast live on the California Channel and audio of the proceedings will be streamed on the State Senate’s website.

An agenda and list of witnesses is attached.