Caucus News

Senator Dave Cortese

Senator Dave Cortese Issues Statement on Early Budget Action for Wildfire Prevention

April 12, 2021

Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) issued the following statement during today’s Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee about the Legislature’s $536 million wildfire prevention package, (details can be found in budget bills SB 85 and AB 79):

Senator Josh Newman

Bill to Establish a Statewide Battery Recycling Program Advances in Committee

April 12, 2021

Sacramento, Calif. — A bill to create a statewide collection and recycling program at California retailers for consumer batteries passed the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality on Monday. SB 289, Better Battery Recycling and Fire Risk Reduction, authored by Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), passed by a 5-2 vote.

Senator Steven Bradford

Leaders Announce Legislation as First Step toward Returning Bruce’s Beach

April 9, 2021

Manhattan Beach, CA—Today, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn, State Senator Steve Bradford, LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell, State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, and other prominent local leaders gathered at the beachfront property known as Bruce’s Beach to announce the first step in the effort to return the property to the Bruce Family.


Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva Recognizes “Terrific 20 of SD 20” Honorees

April 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) is proud to recognize 20 individuals and organizations from across the 20th State Senate District that embody extraordinary commitment, hard work and leadership in their respective fields and communities.

Those honorees include:

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Solar Access Act Passes Senate Governance and Finance Committee

April 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation, Senate Bill 617, the Solar Access Act, has passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee by a vote of 4-0. SB 617 implements automated solar permitting in counties with a population of over 150,000. This will allow for on-the-spot approvals of residential solar and solar-plus-storage systems, which will greatly decrease wait times, cut permitting costs for local governments and homeowners, and help California meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

Senator Melissa Hurtado

Hurtado Seeks District Ideas To Shape California's Response To The Drought

April 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA--With California water allocations slashed to only 5 percent following another dry winter, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) announced that she is seeking ideas from her Central Valley constituents for ways that California can conserve water and remain resilient in the face of devastating drought conditions.

Senator Mike McGuire

Historic $500 million secured for wildfire prevention and response

April 8, 2021

Sacramento, CA – In the face of another statewide drought, today the legislature is announcing an historic investment of over half a billion dollars for wildfire prevention, response and resiliency. 

This is the largest early budget action in California history and is a critical step to ensuring the safety of our communities as we enter what could be another devastating wildfire season. An additional round of funding is expected in June, or early July.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd Praises Early Wildfire Prevention Agreement

April 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – With drought conditions threatening another serious wildfire season, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, today lauded an agreement between Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders to invest $536 million in wildfire prevention and resiliency measures.

Senator Henry Stern

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Senator Stern Seeks to Remedy Rise in Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial with “Never Again Education Act,” SB 693

April 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles) called for moving beyond remembrance to action, urging passage of SB 693, the Never Again Education of 2021.  The bill would help address the growing knowledge gap among young Americans about the Holocaust and other recent genocides by offering new teaching methods and enhanced resources for teachers and students, to remedy a recent rise in anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and other acts of hatred.

Senator Toni Atkins

Senate Applauds Agreement on Wildfire Prevention and Resiliency

April 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Senate Budget Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Senate Budget Subcommittee Chair Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), and the Senate’s Wildfire Working Group are praising an agreement between the Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom that invests nearly a half-billion dollars into California’s wildfire prevention and resiliency efforts.