Caucus News

Senator Lena A. Gonzalez

Monumental Broadband Legislation by Senator Lena Gonzalez and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry Signed Into Law

October 8, 2021

Sacramento, Calif. – On October 8, 2021, Governor Newsom signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 4 by Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) and Assembly Bill (AB) 14 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) to advance Digital Equity in the state and provide high-speed internet access to more Californians.

Senator Susan Rubio

Rubio Bill Strengthening Reading Instruction For Children Signed by Governor Newsom

October 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed a bill by Sen. Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that strengthens reading instruction and ensures teacher candidates are qualified and prepared to teach students based on best practices.

Senator Scott Wiener

Governor Newsom Signs Into Law Senator Wiener’s Legislation Extending Outdoor Dining with Alcohol

October 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Bar and Restaurant Recovery Act, Senate Bill 314. It goes into effect immediately.

Senator Scott Wiener

Governor Newsom Vetoes Law Senator Wiener’s Legislation Authorizing Financial Incentives to Help People Addicted to Meth Get and Stay Sober

October 8, 2021

Sacramento – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation, Senate Bill 110.

The Recovery Incentives Act, SB 110, would have legalized the effective substance use disorder treatment known as “contingency management” — financial incentives to get and stay sober — and authorized Medi-Cal to cover it. 

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Governor Signs Senator Portantino’s Mental Health Education Bills

October 8, 2021

Sacramento, California – Senate Bills 14 and 224, authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge), were signed into law today by Governor Newsom – just days before World Mental Health Day.  SB 14 and 224 address the growing mental health crisis among California’s youth by implementing mental health education and training in schools.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd’s To-Go Cocktails Measure Signed into Law

October 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to assist restaurants struggling to recover from the pandemic by permanently allowing the sale of to-go cocktails as part of take-out food orders.

“The ability to sell carry-out cocktails is an important step toward helping our restaurants, which have been hit hard by the pandemic,” Sen. Dodd said. “It will ensure their recovery, protecting jobs and our economy. I thank my legislative colleagues and the governor for supporting this new law.”

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Governor Newsom Signs Senator Leyva’s “Silenced No More Act”

October 7, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Building on California’s continued commitment to empowering survivors, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed historic legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will expand current protections against secret settlements to now cover settlement agreements involving all forms of harassment or discrimination. 

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Governor Newsom Signs Leyva Bill Requiring Online Portal for Rape Survivors to Track Their Rape Kits

October 7, 2021

SACRAMENTO – After earning strong bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that requires the addition of a new online portal to California’s existing rape kit tracking system to allow survivors of sexual assault to privately and electronically track and receive updates regarding the status, location and information regarding their rape kit.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva’s “Cleaner and Greener Trucks” Bill Signed Into Law

October 7, 2021

SACRAMENTO – To reduce air pollution and boost funding and deployment of zero emission vehicles in California, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to create an innovative state program, which will—in consultation with stakeholders—design new financing tools to help owners of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles purchase cleaner zero-emission alternatives.

Senator Benjamin Allen

Bill Expanding California Coastal Commission, Providing Ability to Fine for Oil Spills, Signed into Law by Governor Newsom

October 7, 2021

Sacramento – Following fallout from the Orange County oil spill, Senate Bill 433 by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) was signed by Governor Newsom which will give the Coastal Commission the ability to assess penalties for natural resources impacts for responsible parties.