Caucus News

Senator Jim Beall

Repurposing Surplus Land to Serve San Jose's and Los Angeles' Homeless

August 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Senators Jim Beall and Steven Bradford to give the cities of San Jose and Los Angeles an affordable tool to combat the growing homeless crisis is headed to the Governor. 

SB 519 allows the cities to pay $1 a month to lease unused Caltrans properties for emergency shelters and feeding kitchens. It also caps administrative fees to $500 a year.

Senator Richard D. Roth

Battle Over State’s Role in Fight for Water Ends in Senate Committee

August 31, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Nearing the final hour of this year’s legislative session, the fate of Senator Richard D. Roth’s Senate Bill 120 was decided. The bill, which proposed to enhance protections of our state’s deserts by further assessing proposals to export desert groundwater, was held in the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Aug. 31, 2018: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s bills to protect youth, fight sexual harassment go to Gov. Brown

August 31, 2018

Lawmakers endorse bills by budget chair from Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO – Continuing to reform criminal justice and protecting youth to help families and communities are among the proposals by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell that are now a governor’s signature away from becoming law.

Additional efforts by Mitchell focus on expanding worker training to prevent sexual harassment and providing women potentially life-saving information about their health. 

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Aug. 31, 2018: Lawmakers vote to end sentencing of 14- and 15-year-olds in adult criminal court

August 31, 2018

#EquityAndJustice now goes to Gov. Brown

SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers have approved and sent to Gov. Brown Senate Bill 1391, which prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults in criminal court and subsequently sent to adult prison.

SB 1391 is part of the #EquityAndJustice2018 package jointly authored by Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bill To Create Statewide Industry-Funded Drug and Needle Take-Back Program Heads to the Governor

August 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Groundbreaking legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), along with Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Adam Gray (D-Merced), to create the first statewide drug and needle take-back program funded by the pharmaceutical industry has passed the Senate on a bipartisan, 38-0 vote and now heads to the Governor.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bill To Combat Sexual Harassment Heads to the Governor

August 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Introduced in response to the #MeToo movement, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)’s legislation to fight sexual harassment in the workplace passed off the Senate floor today and now heads to the Governor. The vote was 23-10.

Senate Bill 1300 closes loopholes in the law that discourage or prevent victims from speaking out, allow employers to avoid sexual harassment and discrimination laws, and leave employees vulnerable to sexual harassment at work.

Senator Nancy Skinner

California Legislature Passes Senator Skinner’s SB 1014 Electrify California Ride-hailing (E-CAr) 

August 31, 2018

Sacramento, CA — Today the California Legislature passed Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) E-CAr legislation, SB 1014. E-CAr, which stands for Electrify California Ride-hailing, is landmark legislation that would accelerate the uptake of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) deployed by ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Bill to Enact the Strongest Net Neutrality Protections in the Nation Passes the California Legislature and Heads to Governor for Approval

August 31, 2018

Sacramento– Today, Senate Bill 822, which enacts the strongest net neutrality protections in the country, passed the California Legislature with a vote of 27-12. SB 822 now goes to the Governor for his signature. The bill is authored by Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles).

Senator Ricardo Lara

Legislature Acts to Curb Rampant Exploitation of Port Truck Drivers

August 31, 2018

Under Senate Bill 1402, retailers could face joint liability when hiring trucking companies that break state labor laws

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today the Legislature approved Senate Bill 1402, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) to end the exploitation of truck drivers who haul cargo from California’s ports.

Governor Brown has until September 30 to sign, veto or allow SB 1402 to become law.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Leyva Bill Requiring Rape Kit Testing Heads to Governor’s Desk

August 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Without a single ‘No’ vote in the Senate and Assembly, historic legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) requiring that law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories promptly analyze and test all newly collected rape kit evidence in California advanced today to the Governor for consideration.