Caucus News

Senator Henry Stern

Cracking Down on Vote-By-Mail Misinformation

September 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO – As a record number of voters in California and across the nation prepare to cast vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots in the November 3, 2020, General Election, the amount of mis-information about people’s VBM rights also appears to be at an all-time high.  Putting an end to that misinformation – and prosecuting people who intentionally attempt to suppress the rights of VBM voters – is the goal of SB 739 (Stern), which has been signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom and will take effect immediately.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Anthony J. Portantino's Statement on St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church Center Fire

September 19, 2020

Our churches and church facilities are peaceful places for communities to pray, congregate and support one another. They should not be subjected to arson, vandalism and hate crimes. My heart breaks for Very Reverend Father Smpad Saboundjian, the entire St. Gregory the Illuminator congregation and the greater Armenian American community for this unnecessary act of intimidation. I fully encourage the San Francisco Police Department’s investigation to swiftly determine the cause of the blaze and hold those responsible strictly accountable under the law.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd’s Maternity Care Access & Equity Plan Signed into Law

September 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Responding to the need for greater access to maternity care, especially for women of color, Gov. Gavin Newsom yesterday signed a bill from Sens. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles and Assemblymember Autumn Burke, D- Inglewood, to expand the role of certified nurse-midwives across California.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senator Wieckowski lauds Governor's signature of AB 1885

September 18, 2020

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) tonight praised Governor Gavin Newsom for signing a major increase in the state’s outdated homestead exemption law that will boost the amount of equity protected from creditors and prevent more homeowners from losing their residences in bankruptcy cases.  AB 1885, a budget trailer bill, puts California more in line with other states that have strong homestead exemption laws.

Senator Toni Atkins

Senate Leader Atkins’ Statement Regarding Death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 18, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:


“We have lost a major force of our time. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a tireless advocate for justice, a brilliant legal mind, and an outstanding role model for generations of people. Like millions of Americans, I join Justice Ginsburg’s family in mourning her devastating loss, and honoring her legacy of feminism, equality, and progress.”

Senator Susan Rubio

State Senator Susan Rubio's Statement on the Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 18, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin) today released a statement on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 

Senator Tom Umberg

Senator Thomas J. Umberg Honors Orange County Woman of the Year

September 17, 2020


(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) announced that he is honoring Ly Nguyen of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) - Orange County, as Woman of the Year for the 34th Senate District.

Senator Benjamin Allen

Beverly Hills’ Lisa Zola Greer Recognized as District 26 Woman of the Year by California State Senator Ben Allen

September 17, 2020

Sacramento, CA – Beverly Hills philanthropist, author and entrepreneur, Lisa Zola Greer, has been recognized by Senator Ben Allen as District 26 Woman of the Year. An active real estate investor, an advisor to many nonprofits, and the co-founder of Tandem Careplanning, a Public-Benefit Corporation that champions both care seekers and caregivers, Lisa Zola Greer is an active and involved member of the Beverly Hills community.

Senator Jerry Hill

Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Protect California’s Workforce Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 17, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom today signed two bills as part of his worker protection package, SB 1159 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and AB 685 by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino). SB 1159 expands access to workers’ compensation and makes it easier for first responders, health care workers and people who test positive due to an outbreak at work to get the support they need, including necessary medical care and wage replacement benefits. 

Senator Henry Stern

The Time to Go After Vote-By-Mail Misinformation Is Now

September 15, 2020

SACRAMENTO – As a record number of voters in California and across the nation prepare to cast vote-by-mail ballots in the November 3, 2020, General Election, Senator Henry Stern, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Trent Lange of the California Clean Money Campaign urged Governor Gavin Newsom to sign SB 739 (Stern) into law.