Caucus News

Senator Bill Monning

End of Life Option Act to Become Effective on June 9

March 10, 2016

(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Today, the California State Senate adjourned the 2015-16 Second Extraordinary Session and this action allows Assembly Bill (AB) X2 15, End of Life Option legislation co-authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), to go into effect on June 9, 2016.

Senator Bill Dodd

Wolk, Monning and Eggman comment on end of extraordinary session, Implementation of End of Life Option Act

March 10, 2016

SACRAMENTO –Senators Lois Wolk (D-Davis), Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) released the following joint statement on the adjournment of the state legislature’s second extraordinary session and the pending effective date of ABX2-15, the End of Life Option Act:

Senator Ed Hernandez

Tobacco 21 Legislation Moves to Governor’s Desk for Signature

March 10, 2016

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Contact: Janet Chin (626)430-2499
 

Bill seeks to substantially reduce youth access to tobacco

(Sacramento, CA) – SBX2 7, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., which would increase the tobacco purchase age to 21, cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday morning, passing off of the Senate Floor with a vote of 26 to 10. The bill now moves to the Governor for signature.  

Senator Ed Hernandez

SENATOR ED HERNANDEZ REQUESTS STATE AUDIT OF IRWINDALE

March 9, 2016

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Senator Richard D. Roth

Senator Roth's Statement on the Appointment of Jane Carney to the CSU Board of Trustees

March 3, 2016

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment of Jane Carney to the California State University Board of Trustees today:

“I am tremendously and sincerely pleased that Jane Carney, one of Inland Southern California’s most dedicated and accomplished community leaders and public servants, has been appointed to the CSU Board of Trustees.  Having championed Inland Southern California’s issues for over three decades, Jane will continue to be one of the strongest advocates for our region, students and their families. 

Senator Ed Hernandez

Senator Hernandez’ Tobacco 21 Legislation Clears the Assembly

March 3, 2016

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                              California is Poised to Become Second State in the Nation to Raise Smoking Age to 21
 
(Sacramento, CA) – Today, California legislators came together to make history as the second state in the nation to pass a bill, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez (SBX2 7), that raises the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21.  

Senator Bill Dodd

New bill gives Napa County another chance to preserve Skyline Park for public use

March 1, 2016

Legislation gives the county until January 1, 2021, to purchase the park
(SACRAMENTO, CA) –A new bill introduced last week by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) will give Napa County additional time to raise the funds to purchase Skyline Wilderness Park.

Senator Jim Beall

Beall: Developmental Disabilities System Stabilized But More Must be Done

February 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Legislature’s approval of $300 million to shore up California’s system that provides services for people with developmentally disabilities was praised by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, a joint author of ABX2-1. But he cautioned more work needs to be done to protect the promise of the Lanterman Act.

Senator Ed Hernandez

MCO Tax Bill Concurrently Passes Through the Legislature

February 29, 2016

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(Sacramento, CA) – Today, on a Senate Floor vote of 28-11, Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D–West Covina), Chair of the Senate Health Committee, passed measure SBX2 2, a specialized tax on Managed Care Organizations (MCO) that will help stabilize Medi-Cal funding and provide significant resources for those with developmental disabilities. The bill later passed the Assembly Floor on a vote of 61-16.

Senator Bill Dodd

Senator presses for immediate aquifer protection

February 23, 2016

Wolk says, ‘We need to stop digging deeper in critical areas that are sinking’
(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) pressed for a renewed effort to protect the state’s aquifers against critical overdraft today following a legislative hearing to oversee state implementation of the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Wolk is carrying Senate Bill 1317, also known as the Aquifer Protection Act, to halt the proliferation of new wells and to slow the depletion of aquifers to avoid permanent damage to the state’s groundwater resources.