Caucus News

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Governor signs plan directing local agencies to make data more accessible

October 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO – California’s governor today endorsed a plan directing local government agencies to publish catalogs of key computer systems which would be publicly available.
Sponsored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, the signing of Senate Bill 272 means data gathered internally by local public agencies will be in a more usable format available to the public under the California Public Records Act.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Governor signs plan directing local agencies to make data more accessible to the public

October 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO – California’s governor today endorsed a plan directing local government agencies to publish catalogs of key computer systems which would be publicly available.
Sponsored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, the signing of Senate Bill 272 means data gathered internally by local public agencies will be in a more usable format available to the public under the California Public Records Act.

Senator Scott Wiener

Protections for Transgender Foster Youth Signed into Law

October 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Legislation authored by Senator Mark Leno that provides new protections for transgender foster youth in California was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 731 ensures that all foster youth, including those who identify as transgender, are placed in appropriate homes where they feel safe and accepted. It requires caregivers tasked with placing foster youth in homes to take a young person’s gender identity into consideration when making this critical decision.

Senator Bill Dodd

Governor signs campus gun safety bill into law

October 10, 2015

Law enforcement-backed bill limits concealed weapons on school and college campuses
SACRAMENTO –Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to help control concealed weapons on school and college campuses.  The measure, SB 707, prohibits concealed weapons carriers from bringing their firearm on campus without permission from campus authorities.

Senator Jim Beall

Senator Beall's Reaction to the Veto of SB 377

October 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 377:
“I believe many working families who have been hit hard by the high cost of housing in California because of the lack of affordable house share in my disappointment of the Governor’s veto of SB 377. This veto is a major blow to affordable housing construction in our state.

Senator Benjamin Allen

Governor Signs Pre-Election Voting Measure

October 10, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) authorizing counties to allow voter registration and voting at satellite locations in the 14 days preceding an election.  The bill, Senate Bill (SB) 439, expands existing law that allows counties to set up satellite offices where voters can register to vote, and vote provisionally, on election day only.

Senator Jim Beall

Senator Beall's Reaction to the Veto of SB 377

October 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 377:“I believe many working families who have been hit hard by the high cost of housing in California because of the lack of affordable house share in my disappointment of the Governor’s veto of SB 377. This veto is a major blow to affordable housing construction in our state.

Senator Jerry Hill

Governor Signs Historic Bill Making California the First State to Regulate Antibiotic Use in Livestock

October 10, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 27 by Senator Jerry Hill, making California the first state in the nation to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for the use of antibiotics in farm animals.

Senator Benjamin Allen

Landmark River Protection Legislation Becomes Law

October 9, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Today Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) that will protect California rivers and streams from environmentally hazardous suction dredge mining.  This legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 637, requires suction dredge mining to be regulated by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), which is responsible for ensuring that water quality standards are met in the course of any activities affecting state waterways.

Senator Bill Dodd

Governor signs Wolk drought preparedness, renewable energy bills

October 9, 2015

Bills improve water management & conservation, increase use of renewable energy programs
SACRAMENTO –Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law a measure by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to improve water management and conservation in California, and another bill to boost participation in programs enabling utility customers to receive part of their electricity from renewable energy sources.