Caucus News

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

PRESS CALL: Sen Jackson, Fire Safe Council, and Local Governments Urge Governor to Sign Bill to Protect California Communities from Wildfire Destruction

September 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Amid a record-setting fire season in which over three million acres have already burned across the state, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) will be joined by California Fire Safe Council Board Chair and former State Fire Marshal Kate Dargan, and Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann for a press call at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16 to urge Governor Gavin Newsom to sign her Senate Bill 182.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd: Sept. 22 Virtual Town Hall on Preparedness

September 14, 2020

SONOMA – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, will host a virtual town hall on emergency preparedness amid the dual challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and record-setting wildfires, providing an update on how the Legislature is addressing these serious problems.

The senator will be joined in the town hall broadcast live on KSVY/Sonoma TV and streamed across multiple channels by a panel of experts who will answer submitted questions and take calls from listeners.

Senator Jerry Hill

Governor Signs Bill by Senator Jerry Hill to Aid All-Volunteer Fire Departments

September 11, 2020

For at least another five years, all-volunteer fire departments will be able to hang onto all money they earn in pancake breakfasts, T-shirt sales and other efforts to raise cash to help fund their operations, under a bill by Senator Jerry Hill that Governor Gavin Newsom signed Friday.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Governor Newsom signs Wieckowski ScholarShare bill to protect higher education savings accounts

September 11, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed a bill by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to protect ScholarShare 529 savings accounts from creditors in bankruptcy cases, giving families hard hit financially by the COVID 19 pandemic some much-needed security. The bill, SB 898, is sponsored by California State Treasurer Fiona Ma.

Senator Anna M. Caballero

Senator Caballero Joins Governor Newsom in Signing bill package to help small businesses including SB1447. (Bradford/Caballero/Cervantes) – Small Business Hiring Tax Credit

September 9, 2020

Groundbreaking legislation is one of a few bills that will provide significant assistance to our small businesses as they struggle with the devastating impacts of COVID-19.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd: September is Preparedness Month

September 9, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Facing dual emergencies in the coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented wildfires, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, today recognized September as Preparedness Month and offered resources from the California Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire and Department of Public Health.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Townhall: State Audit on the Mobile Home Inspection Program

September 8, 2020

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Senator Steven Bradford

Bradford Bill on Police Decertification Dies on Assembly Floor

September 3, 2020

SACRAMENTO ­– Last night, Senate Bill 731, also known as the Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2020, failed passage on the Assembly Floor. The bill was not brought up for a vote due to the legislative deadline imposed by the California State Constitution. This bill, authored by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), would have increased accountability for law enforcement officers that commit serious misconduct and illegally violate a person’s civil rights.

Senator Toni Atkins

Senate Leader Atkins and Senator Bradford: Work on Critical Police Reform Legislation to Continue Next Year

September 3, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) released the following statement today regarding efforts to continue pursuing legislation that would restrict officers from returning to duty after being fired or disciplined for serious misconduct:


Senator Connie M. Leyva

Women’s Caucus Leaders Issue Statement Regarding Prioritizing Needs of Working Moms in Legislature

September 2, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), Vice Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus issued the following statement after Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) was recently denied the opportunity to use proxy voting during maternity leave: