Caucus News

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd’s Horse Racing Safety Bill Approved by Legislature

August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO – The Legislature late Sunday approved a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to improve horse racing safety across California and build on reforms adopted last year.

“We must do everything possible to make horse racing safer for animals and jockeys, and this bill takes another step in that direction,” Sen. Dodd said. “I thank the Legislature for approving my plan, which will help ensure track conditions are right and horses are fit before they hit the starting gate.”

Senator Bill Dodd

Legislature Passes Sen. Dodd’s ‘Hi-Lo’ Evacuation Warning Bill

August 31, 2020

SACRAMENTO – With wildfires raging across the state, the Legislature late Sunday approved a bill from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would aid in evacuations, authorizing municipalities to use European-style “hi-lo” sirens in emergency vehicles.

Senator Susan Rubio

Rubio Bill Allowing City of Rosemead Access to Local Infrastructure Funds Passes CA Assembly

August 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Legislature today passed a bill by Sen. Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that will allow the City of Rosemead to have access to funds for local infrastructure projects that have been unavailable. It now heads to the governor's desk. 

Senate Bill 1307 would allow the City of Rosemead to utilize funding established through the 1919 Lighting District funds for public benefits allowed under 1972 Landscape and Lighting Act.

Senator Susan Rubio

CA Assembly Passes Rubio Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Service Providers

August 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Legislature today passed a bill by Sen. Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that will ensure domestic violence providers are able to keep services accessible amid COVID-19 and in the future.

Senate Bill 1276 will remove the 10 percent cash or in-kind matching requirement for state grants awarded to domestic violence programs that provide essential resources. In addition to state requirements, domestic violence service providers must also meet match fund requirements for federal funding sources.

Senator Susan Rubio

CA Assembly Passes Senator Rubio Bill Addressing San Gabriel Valley Affordable Housing Shortage and Homelessness

August 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – The State Assembly today approved a bill by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that addresses the San Gabriel Valley’s affordable housing shortage and homeless crisis. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bill to Require Backup Power for Nursing Homes Passes Assembly

August 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO –As California faces another wildfire season, rolling blackouts, and potential public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)’s Senate Bill 1207 to require California nursing homes to have backup power for at least 96 hours during an emergency passed the Assembly today. The bill goes back to the Senate for a final concurrence vote before heading to the Governor.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bill to Ensure Civil Rights of College Students Involved in Sexual Harassment, Assault Allegations Passes Assembly

August 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO –Following Trump Administration Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s roll back of Title IX protections for student survivors of sexual assault on college campuses, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)’s SB 493 to ensure California schools provide a transparent and fair process for all students involved in a sexual assault allegation, passed the State Assembly today. The bill will go back to the Senate for a final concurrence vote before heading to the Governor’s desk.

Senator Susan Rubio

CA Assembly Passes Senator Rubio Bills

August 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – The State Assembly today passed four bills by Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park).  

“These bills reflect some of my main priorities  – protecting domestic violence victims; increasing affordable housing; and being an advocate for my local communities,” Senator Rubio said. “I appreciate the Assembly members who supported these bills and look forward to the discussions in the following weeks to ensure these bills become law." 

Senator Nancy Skinner

CA Legislature OK’s Sen. Skinner’s SB 972, the Corporate Disclosure Act

August 30, 2020

The California Legislature has approved Sen. Skinner’s SB 972, the Corporate Disclosure Act, which, if signed into law, will for the first time require large corporations to disclose how much they pay California in state taxes and what state tax credits they receive.

Senator Jerry Hill

Governor Newsom Signs Landmark Legislation Restricting Store Sales of Flavored Tobacco | Lawmakers Hail Governor’s Swift Action on SB 793

August 28, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 793 today, making California the leader in state policy on sales of flavored tobacco products. The new law, which imposes the toughest state restrictions in the country thus far, takes effect on January 1, 2021. The governor’s signature came just a few hours after the Senate’s 34-0 vote to pass the legislation. The Assembly voted 58-1 on Monday..