Caucus News

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd Introduces Bill Encouraging City-Centered Growth

January 7, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today to extend a pilot program in Napa and San Bernardino counties that helps prevent urban sprawl and protects natural resources.

“This is a common sense measure that helps extend necessary services while reducing the need for new wells or septic systems,” Sen. Dodd said. “It embraces our goals to preserve agricultural land and open space while focusing new construction in city centers and transportation corridors.”

Senator Jim Beall

Senators Beall, McGuire and Portantino Renew Affordable Housing Construction Effort.

January 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Today Senators Beall, McGuire and Portantino introduced SB 795 a bill to increase the production of affordable housing units in California. In midst of homeless crisis, state must fund production efforts aimed at low and very-low income Californians.

Senator Jim Beall

PRESS RELEASE: Senators Beall, McGuire and Portantino Renew Affordable Housing Construction Effort.

January 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO - Today Senators Beall, McGuire and Portantino introduced SB 795 a bill to increase the production of affordable housing units in California. In midst of homeless crisis, state must fund production efforts aimed at low and very-low income Californians.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva Introduces “Protect Teachers on Medical Leave Act”

January 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO – As the California State Legislature reconvened today, Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) introduced legislation that would repeal the 40-year-old California law requiring public school employees—including teachers—to pay for the cost of their substitutes, known as “differential pay”.  SB 796 would entitle school employees to continue to receive their full pay while on extended sick leave.

Senator Jerry Hill

Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis & 30 State Lawmakers Back New Bill to Ban Store Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products

January 6, 2020

Amid mounting concerns for the health and safety of young people, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, 30 state lawmakers, and a strong coalition of health, youth and community advocates are backing a tough new bill [to be] introduced today to ban sales of any flavored tobacco product in California stores. Flavored tobacco products are the gateway to nicotine addiction,” said Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, who authored SB 793 with 29 senators and assemblymembers.

Senator Jerry Hill

Senator Jerry Hill Welcomes Entries for 12th Annual “Oughta Be a Law…Or Not” Contest

January 3, 2020

State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, encourages Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents to submit their bill ideas to his 12th Annual “Oughta Be a Law...Or Not” Contest. The deadline for contest entries is January 17, 2020.

Senator Henry Stern

Stern-Authored Bills on First Responder Mental Health, Aliso Canyon and Other Critical Issues Set to Take Effect January 1

December 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO – On January 1st, five bills authored this year by Senator Henry Stern (D-Calabasas) and signed by Governor Newsom will become state law.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Disability Rights California Recognizes Senator Portantino

December 23, 2019

Sacramento, California – State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) has accepted Disability Rights California’s legislative award for his continued work to promote greater rights and protections for Californians with disabilities.

Senator Henry Stern

Give Yourself a Gift This Holiday Season: State Protecting $751 Million in Unclaimed Property for Local Residents

December 23, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senator Henry Stern (D-Calabasas) is encouraging local residents to take a moment this month and see if the State Controller’s office is holding onto money in their name. In areas represented by Senator Stern, about $751 million in property – most of which is money in bank accounts, uncashed cashier’s checks and stocks – is waiting to be claimed. 

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

The future of maternal health care for Black mothers

December 20, 2019

 

BY ANISCA MILES

 

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed landmark legislation introduced by Senator Holly J. Mitchell that addresses the inequities of maternal care for black mothers and infants.

 

Senate Bill 464, the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act, requires implicit bias training for perinatal providers involved in services at hospitals and birth centers.

 

It also requires the Department of Public Health to track and publish data on maternal mortality rates and pregnancy-related conditions.