Caucus News

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Portantino Dishwasher Bill Inspired by the Glendale Environmental Coalition Headed to the Governor’s Desk

August 31, 2022

Sacramento, CA - Senate Bill 1255, a measure introduced by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) which seeks to reduce waste in K–12 schools, is headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.  SB 1255 would establish a dishwasher grant program to address the state’s single-use trash and waste crisis.  The idea for the bill was brought to Senator Portantino by members of the Glendale Environmental Coalition.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva’s Bill Expanding Access to Birth Control Advances to Governor’s Desk

August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Moving California just one step away from creating greater contraceptive equity statewide, the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 523 to expand and modernize birth control access in California regardless of an individual’s gender, insurance coverage status, where they work or where they go to school.  Following today’s action, SB 523 now moves to the Governor for his consideration.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Statement on Decision to Pull SB 866, Teens Choose Vaccines Act

August 31, 2022

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement:

“We have made the difficult decision not to call up SB 866 for a vote on the Assembly floor. While the votes are very close, we are several votes short of 41, and we don’t see a viable path for those final few votes.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Portantino Special Education Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

August 31, 2022

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 1016, authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) is headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.  The measure would enhance special education services for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  FASD is currently not a recognized category for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).   It is also not named as a disorder under the Other Health Impaired category by the California Department of Education.  SB 1016 seeks to remedy these circumstances.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino’s Safe Streets Pedestrian & Cyclist Safety Effort Heads to Governor’s Desk for Action

August 30, 2022

Sacramento, CA - Senate Bill 932, authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist safety, passed the Legislature this evening and is headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.  The bill requires California cities to take concrete steps to reduce traffic collisions and fatalities and has garnered an impressive list of supporters, including Streets For All, ActiveSGV, CalBike, and Streets Are For Everyone.   

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino’s Nonprofit Theater Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

August 30, 2022

Sacramento, CA - Senate Bill 1116, a measure authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) which seeks to create a payroll fund to support small nonprofit performing arts venues (SNPAOs), passed the Senate Floor today and is headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.  The effort comes at a time when small community theatres are struggling in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Senator Susan Rubio

Rubio Bill to Target Root Causes of Teacher Shortage Passes CA Legislature

August 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Senate today passed a bill by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that will collect important feedback from teachers leaving the profession to recruit new teacher candidates and retain veteran teachers.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Legislature Approves “Public Employer Accountability Act”

August 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO – Now advancing to the Governor for his consideration, legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to impose penalties on employers for unlawfully attempting to dissuade employees from joining or participating in a union passed from the California State Senate.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senate approves Wieckowski in-vehicle camera bill with bipartisan support

August 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO –  State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to give California consumers more control of the data collected from inward-facing vehicle cameras overwhelmingly passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now heads to Governor Newsom.

SB 346 prohibits any image or video recording collected or retained through an in-vehicle camera from being sold or used for any advertising.

Senator Susan Rubio

Sen. Rubio’s Bill Improving the Health and Safety of Mobilehome Park Residents Passes CA Legislature

August 30, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – In a unanimous and bipartisan vote today, the California State Legislature has passed a bill by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that will help improve the health and safety of mobilehome park residents by clarifying the authority for code enforcement inspections in mobilehome parks.