Caucus News

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Portantino Bill Implementing Car Free Incentive Program Headed to Governor’s Desk

August 31, 2022

Sacramento, CA - Senate Bill 457, authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) creates a rebate program for each person without a car in a household.  It passed the Legislature and  is headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.  The bill is aimed at reducing California’s dependence on cars, providing more incentives for walking and bicycling, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  It was initiated and sponsored by Streets for All.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva Urges Governor to Sign Bill Empowering Sexual Assault Survivors

August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the California State Senate gave final legislative approval to Senate Bill 916 by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), an important bill that will empower survivors with critical information following a sexual assault.  By equipping them with this information, survivors will be able to make informed decisions regarding steps they wish to take, or not, in the post-assault process.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Legislature approves Wieckowski's final ADU bill

August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO — The California Legislature approved SB 897, Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) final accessory dwelling unit (ADU) bill to help homeowners construct ADUs by removing unnecessary barriers that hinder develop. The bill now goes to Governor Newsom for his consideration.

Senator Bill Dodd

Legislature Approves Sen. Dodd’s Medical Equipment Re-Use Bill

August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature today approved a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable including seniors and the disabled by increasing access to specialized medical equipment.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Leyva Bill Restoring Salary Steps for CSU Employees Moves to Governor’s Desk

August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Legislature approved Senate Bill 410 by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will require the California State University (CSU) to implement a nine-step merit salary system for all California State University non-faculty staff employees, many of whom are the lowest-paid employees at the university system—such as custodians and groundskeepers.  This legislation will provide parity with California’s other 233 state agencies and over 210,000 state employees.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senate sends Wieckowski wage garnishment bill to Governor Newsom

August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO — Californians struggling to pay down their debts while dealing with rising costs from inflation and supply shortages will get assistance to help them avoid falling deeper into financial crisis if Governor Newsom signs a bill passed by the Senate last night.

Senator Bill Dodd

Legislature Approves Sen. Dodd’s Broadband Expansion Blueprint Bill

August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature today approved a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would create a blueprint for accelerating broadband deployment, including expanded wireless access, in an effort to improve connectivity for all Californians, especially low-income people and the underserved.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino’s Cancer Treatment Equity Act Heads to Governor’s Desk

August 31, 2022

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 987, authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) which addresses significant disparities in cancer patient access, has passed the Legislature and is headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.  SB 987 provides an equitable model of health care for cancer patients by expanding Medi-Cal patient eligibility for necessary clinical expertise and resources.  

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Student Wellness Garners $250 Million Under Portantino Bill Heading to Governor’s Desk

August 31, 2022

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 1302, a measure authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank), will provide grants to high schools to establish or improve wellness and mental health support centers on campus.  The measure is headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino’s Bill Addressing Teacher Shortages Heads to Governor’s Desk

August 31, 2022

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 941, a measure authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) which seeks to address teacher shortages and improve student learning environments, is headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.  SB 941 would authorize school districts to locally determine inter-district collaboration for courses related to STEM and dual language immersion.  The bill was inspired by comments the Senator received from parents in the Pasadena Unified School District during the COVID-19 pandemic.