Caucus News

Senator Scott Wiener

Sen. Wiener on Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Endorsement of SB50

December 20, 2019

San Francisco – Today, the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to endorse Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) Senate Bill 50. SB 50 eliminates hyper-low-density zoning near transit and job centers, thus legalizing apartment buildings and affordable housing in these locations so that more people can live near transit and near where they work. It also reduces or eliminates minimum parking requirements for new developments. California has a 3.5 million home deficit, equal to the housing deficit of the other 49 states combined.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson Bills, Including Women on Corporate Boards Requirement, In Effect Jan 1

December 19, 2019

SACRAMENTO –California’s publicly held corporations have until January 1, 2020 to add at least one woman to their boards as a result of legislation authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).

Senator Bill Dodd

Legislature to Hold Sports Betting Hearing Jan. 8

December 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and Assemblymember Adam Gray, D-Merced, will convene a joint Senate-Assembly informational hearing Jan. 8 in Sacramento on a proposal to legalize sports betting in California.

Senator Henry Stern

After Senate Decries Reckless Wildfire-Related Power Shutoffs, CPUC Proposes $1.2 Billion to Help Customers Keep the Lights On

December 16, 2019

SACRAMENTO – After months of Southern California Edison public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) that left over 180,000 customers in the dark, Senator Henry Stern (D-Calabasas) and his colleagues called for an urgent response to the crisis. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has answered with $1.2 billion in funding to help customers keep their power on.

Senator Bill Dodd

New Laws from Sen. Dodd Take Effect Jan. 1

December 16, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Sixteen new laws written by Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, take effect Jan. 1 including measures to enhance wildfire safety, protect the elderly, promote new housing and improve transportation. No other legislator had more bills signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2019.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Accomplished Women Celebrated at Senator Anthony Portantino’s 25th Senate District Women in Business Luncheon

December 16, 2019

Burbank, California – On Wednesday, December 4th, California State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (La Cañada Flintridge) hosted the annual 25th State Senate District Women in Business Legislative Update & Awards Luncheon.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen Dodd Statement on Governor's Rejection of PG&E Bankruptcy Plan

December 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO - Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom's rejection of PG&E's bankruptcy plan:

Senator Toni Atkins

California Senate Continues Its Work to Prepare for California Wildfires

December 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) has announced that the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee will hold an oversight hearing to discuss cellular and telecommunications service outages during wildfires on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 9 a.m. in Room 3191.

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire issues statement on Dungeness crab season opener

December 10, 2019

Sacramento, CA – Today, the Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the commercial Dungeness Crab season will officially open south of the Mendocino-Sonoma county line next week, December 15 after a delay due to the risk of whale entanglement.

Senator Jim Beall

Californians aren’t getting the mental health care they’re legally guaranteed. Why not?

December 9, 2019

State Sen. Jim Beall is angry.

Four times now, he has introduced legislation to better enforce state and federal “parity” laws, which require equal treatment of mental and physical health problems. Four times, that legislation has failed.

As he enters his final year in the Legislature, the San Jose Democrat plans what he calls a “full-frontal assault”.

“I’m going to put even more effort into next year because I’m madder than hell about it.”