Caucus News

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino Receives 2022 Senate Legislative Champion Award for His Dedication to Mental Health Policies

September 12, 2022

Glendale, California – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) received the 2022 Senate Legislative Champion Award from the California Alliance of Child and Family Services during their Homecoming Conference.  The Senator was honored for championing policies that promote the social, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing of children and families. 

Senator Bob Archuleta

Senate Bill 1111 – The Rick Best Safety Act, Signed Into Law by Governor Newsom

September 9, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Bill 1111- the Rick Best Safety Act, authored by Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) which requires any trash receptacle larger than 3 feet to have reflective fluorescent taping to increase roadway visibility as they await pickup by waste haulers, was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Senator John Laird

Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Support Grey Bears Recycling Facility that Funds Healthy Food Program for Seniors

September 9, 2022

Contact: Richard Stapler
Richard.Stapler@sen.ca.gov
 

Senator Bill Dodd

Governor Signs Sen. Dodd’s Climate Resilience Bill

September 9, 2022

 

SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will address the effects of climate change, including sea-level rise and wildfire, through creation of local resilience districts to undertake and promote conservation efforts.

Senator Steven M. Glazer

Sen. Glazer Calls on State Leaders to Exempt Student Loan Forgiveness from Income Taxes

September 9, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa) called Friday for Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders to ensure that Californians who qualify for federal student loan forgiveness do not have to pay state income taxes on their forgiven debt.
 
Glazer, a former California State University trustee who is chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Student  Success, said he plans to introduce urgency legislation on the first day of the new legislative session in December to exempt the forgiven debts from state taxes.

Senator Steven M. Glazer

Sen. Glazer Calls on State Leaders to Exempt Federal Student Loan Forgiveness from Income Taxes

September 9, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa) called Friday for Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders to ensure that Californians who qualify for federal student loan forgiveness do not have to pay state income taxes on their forgiven debt.
 
Glazer, a former California State University trustee who is chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Student  Success, said he plans to introduce urgency legislation on the first day of the new legislative session in December to exempt the forgiven debts from state taxes.

Senator Anna M. Caballero

Senator Anna M. Caballero’s Bill to Strengthen, “Buy American” Policies for School Meal Purchases Passes Legislature

September 8, 2022

Senator Anna M. Caballero (D-Merced) announced today that SB 490: The Buy American Food Act passed the legislative process and is now on its way to the Governor for a signature. Senate Bill 490 would improve the quality and safety of state-provided nutrition programs, protect California workers, and reward California’s agricultural industry by strengthening federal Buy American policy at the state level.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino Secures $250K for Tavlian Preschool & Kindergarten

September 7, 2022

Pasadena, California - State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) announced today that his budget request of $250,000 for Levon & Hasmig Tavlian Preschool & Kindergarten in Pasadena was approved by the Legislature.  The funds will help with renovation projects, STEAM enrichment curriculum, and technology upgrades.

Senator Toni Atkins

Frank Robinson and Paulina Gonzalez-Brito Appointed to the CalAccount Blue Ribbon Commission

September 7, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), appointed Frank Robinson and Paulina Gonzalez-Brito to the CalAccount Blue Ribbon Commission on August 29. The statute creating this new committee includes specific requirements for the appointees; Gonzalez-Brito fills the position for a public banking advocate and Robinson fills the position for an individual with banking expertise.

Senator Anna M. Caballero

CABALLERO, BIGELOW LAND BUDGET DEAL FOR MADERA HOSPITAL ALLOWING IT TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SERVICES

September 7, 2022

Senator Anna M. Caballero (D-Merced) and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) announced today that they secured $5,000,000 in state funding to support Madera Community Hospital. Rural California overwhelmingly lacks access to health care and routinely faces a shortage of health care workers—issues only exacerbated by COVID-19.