Caucus News

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd Introduces Power Shutoff Protection Bill

January 17, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today he’s introduced new legislation to improve conditions in California during wildfire-related utility power shutoffs such as those last year from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

“Power shutoffs must be limited in scope and duration, which is something PG&E has so far failed miserably to do,” Sen. Dodd said. “But if they do happen, utilities must protect our most vulnerable populations, and we must ensure our local governments have the ability and resources to respond.”

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener Introduces Legislation to Establish a Master Plan to End the Epidemics of HIV, Hepatitis C and Other STDs

January 16, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) introduced a bill today that would require state agencies to establish and implement a master plan to end new infections of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The diseases disproportionately impact gay and bisexual men, African American men, and young people ages 15-24. Though many effective preventative and treatment tools exist today, these epidemics still persist.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Bill Holding PG&E Accountable for Power Blackouts Passes Key Committee

January 15, 2020

Sacramento – Today, Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to hold PG&E and other utilities accountable for mass blackouts and their impacts passed out of the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee by a vote of 10-1. It will now head to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senate Committee approves Wieckowski bill to reform broken beverage recycling system

January 15, 2020

Sacramento – With California’s bottle recycling program in tatters, the state Senate Environmental Quality Committee today approved a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to create a new streamlined stewardship program that places redemption and recycling responsibilities on distributors operating inside the state.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Student Well-being the Focus of Senator Anthony J. Portantino and Assemblymembers Evan Low & Kansen Chu’s Effort to Allow Mental Health Excused School Absences

January 15, 2020

Sacramento, California State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D - La Cañada Flintridge) and each of the two Assemblymembers have introduced bills to address this important issue.

Senator Nancy Skinner

Abigail Disney to Testify in Support of Sen. Nancy Skinner’s Income Inequality Bill, SB 37

January 15, 2020

Abigail E. Disney is scheduled to testify in the state Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in support of SB 37, Sen. Nancy Skinner’s income inequality legislation, also known as “Corporate Fair Share for California and Californians.” An independent filmmaker, philanthropist, and member of the Patriotic Millionaires, Abigail Disney is the granddaughter of Roy Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company.

Senator Melissa Hurtado

Senator Melissa Hurtado Issues Statement on the Kern County Board of Supervisors’ Hearing

January 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) issued the following statement on today’s Kern County Board of Supervisors’ meeting regarding California’s new oil and gas initiatives:  

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener Introduces Groundbreaking Legislation Requiring Insurance Companies to Cover All Medically Necessary Mental Healthcare, Not Just Emergency Care

January 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) will announce landmark mental health legislation today to require insurance companies to cover all medically necessary mental health care and substance use disorder treatments, not just emergency crisis care treatment. SB 855 is part of a growing movement to reverse the stigmatization of mental illness and addiction.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Sen. Wieckowski, Fremont Mayor Mei, cycling, science advocates highlight progress on Sabercat Trail extension project

January 14, 2020

Fremont – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Fremont Mayor Lily Mei and cycling and natural science advocates marked the progress of the Sabercat Bridge Bike and Pedestrian Trail project and plans to build an Interpretive Center to educate the public about the paleontological history of the area at a press conference this morning.

Senator Richard D. Roth

Senator Roth’s Statement on the Governor’s Proposed 2020-21 State Budget

January 14, 2020

(SACRAMENTO) – Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2020-21 state budget: