Caucus News

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Aug. 30, 2018: Plan to set age 12 as minimum for prosecution approved by Assembly

August 30, 2018

Assembly passes #Equity&Justice-reform bill

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly today approved a plan to exclude children age 11 and younger from juvenile court jurisdiction to promote the rights, health and well-being of youth by curbing premature exposure to incarceration.

Senator Ben Hueso

California Legislature Urges Federal Government to Stem Cross-Border Pollution

August 30, 2018

Sacramento, CA – August 30, 2018 – The California State Legislature today voted to approve a resolution authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) that urges the federal government and the US Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) to take immediate action to adequately address cross-border pollution in the Tijuana River Valley. Senate Joint Resolution No. 22 received overwhelming bipartisan and bicameral support and will be sent to the U.S. Congress for their information.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bill to Make California the First State to Require Women on Corporate Boards Heads to the Governor

August 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO—Legislation authored by Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to require gender diversity on corporate boards passed off the Senate floor today on a 23 to 9 vote and now heads to the Governor. The bill is a California Legislative Women’s Caucus priority.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Aug. 30, 2018: CULVER CITY CROSSROAD - State Senate Votes to End Sentencing of 14- and 15-year-olds in Adult Criminal Court

August 30, 2018

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he California Senate today approved Senate Bill 1391, which prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults in criminal court and subsequently sent to adult prison.

SB 1391 is part of the #EquityAndJustice2018 package jointly authored by Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Leyva Bill Ensuring College Access to Medication Abortion Advances to Governor

August 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the California State Senate approved legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will ensure access to medication abortion services on California public university campuses for students who seek to terminate their pregnancy during the first ten weeks.

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Assembly passes Wieckowski housing bill closing loophole for charter cities

August 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – With California in a severe housing crisis, a bill eliminating a loophole that allows charter cities to undermine the state’s housing element law was approved today by the state Assembly.  SB 1333, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), now heads back to the Senate where it is expected to win final passage.

Senator Benjamin Allen

Legislature Passes Measure to End Use of Deadly Fishing Nets

August 30, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Legislation to phase out the use of harmful, mile-long fishing nets that ensnare and often kill whales, dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life passed the legislature today.  Senate Bill (SB) 1017, authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica), was sent to the governor with a vote of 36 - 1 in the state Senate.  It passed the state Assembly with a bipartisan, near unanimous vote of 78 – 0 yesterday.

Senator Ricardo Lara

Assembly votes to end sentencing of 14- and 15-year-olds in adult criminal court

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly today approved Senate Bill 1391, which prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults in criminal court and subsequently sent to adult prison.

SB 1391 is part of the #EquityAndJustice2018 package jointly authored by Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

The bill reverses laws passed in the 1990s that allowed for sentencing the youngest teens to the adult criminal justice system.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Aug. 29, 2018: Assembly votes to end sentencing of 14- and 15-year-olds in adult criminal court

August 29, 2018

#EquityAndJustice bill returns to Senate for concurrence

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly today approved Senate Bill 1391, which prohibits 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried as adults in criminal court and subsequently sent to adult prison.

SB 1391 is part of the #EquityAndJustice2018 package jointly authored by Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

Senator Toni Atkins

Senate Leader Atkins Addresses Next Steps on AB 931

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement on Assembly Bill 931 by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego):

“AB 931 has sparked one of the most urgently important debates of this legislative session.