Caucus News

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire secures $5 million for rural district school bus replacement

June 25, 2015

Sacramento, CA –  Earlier this year, Senator Mike McGuire introduced The Rural Safety and Clean Air Act (SB 523), which would invest $5 million per year  to replace aging school buses in rural school districts. Working collaboratively with the California Air Resources Board, the $5 million was approved today and will be allocated to rural school districts to replace old and polluting school buses through a grant process starting in mid-2016.

Senator Cathleen Galgiani

Letter to Mary Nicols Regarding On-Board Diagnostic Information Access

June 25, 2015

Dear Chairperson Nichols:

I write to express reservations about a CARB staff proposal to greatly expand the volume and nature of the information OBD systems will be required to collect and that could be retrieved by the government or third parties.

At the outset, I note existing OBD systems are highly successful. The emission systems of modern cars are extraordinarily clean. In fact, CARB states that emissions of pollutants from light-duty vehicles have been reduced by 99.7%. Given this success, why would CARB propose anything that may jeopardize this progress?

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senator Wieckowski and local artist highlight drought

June 25, 2015

Sacramento – Local artist Maureen A. Langenbach (Fremont) will add one more accolade to her illustrious and colorful career – a piece hanging in the State Capitol. “Don’t Let This Be The Last Drop” is an assemblage going on display on the Third Floor of the Capitol and will run through September 2016.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Oversight Hearing Friday in Santa Barbara on the Refugio Oil Spill

June 25, 2015

SANTA BARBARA – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), chair of the Senate Select Committee on the Refugio Oil Spill, and Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, will hold a joint oversight hearing to examine the causes, response to and impacts of the Refugio Oil Spill on Friday in Santa Barbara.

Senator Kevin de León

VIDEO RELEASE: Coal Divestment Measure Approved by Assembly Committee

June 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee today approved SB 185 (De León), which requires California’s public pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, to divest from holdings in thermal coal. The measure passed on a 5-1 vote.

Senator Henry Stern

Governor approves Sen. Pavley’s boost for low-emission cars

June 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO – California motorists have a new incentive for buying low-emission, plug-in hybrid cars.Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law Assembly Bill 95. The legislation, first conceived by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), expands to 85,000 from a current 70,000 the number of vehicles eligible to carry a so-called green sticker.The sticker allows drivers of such low-polluting cars to use carpool or “HOV” lanes, even if they carry no passengers. The measure takes effect July 1.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Senator Holly J. Mitchell calls for action in response to Charleston massacre

June 23, 2015

Statement by California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell

“As we open our hearts and offer condolences to those who are reeling from loss in the wake of the massacre at Emanuel AME, whose pastor was my South Carolina colleague State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney, we must renew our commitment and find the will, in memory of the dead and for the sake of the living, to bring to an end the spiral of violence that racial conflict evokes in this country.

Senator Bill Dodd

Wolk bill to enable schools to hire more school nurses moves forward

June 23, 2015

Bill to help schools care for students with chronic diseases earns unanimous, bipartisan support 
SACRAMENTO—Legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to enable schools to hire more school nurses and take a lead role in managing chronic childhood diseases received unanimous, bipartisan support in the Assembly Health Committee today.

Senator Benjamin Allen

Senator Ben Allen Reacts to South Bay Tarball News

June 22, 2015

Sacramento, CA – State Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) issued the following statement today in response to the news that the source of the tarballs on South Bay beaches was the Refugio oil spill:

Senator Kevin de León

Senate Approves Pro Tem De León’s Reso Urging SCOTUS to Uphold “One Person, One Vote”

June 22, 2015

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today approved a joint resolution by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a case out of Texas that challenges the long-held principle of “one person one vote.”

“Many of my neighbors, whose hard work makes Los Angeles function, who pay taxes that support government services, would suddenly become non-entities because of their immigrant status,” De León said. “Like ghosts, they would walk the streets and ride buses invisible to state governance.”