Caucus News

Senator Lena A. Gonzalez

Senate Committee Provides Stronger Protections to Keep Workers Safe on the Job

March 22, 2021

Sacramento, Calif. –Today, SB 606 introduced by Senator Lena Gonzalez passed in the California State Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee. SB 606 would give the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) the necessary tools to hold large employers accountable for workplace health and safety violations and strengthen worker protections to encourage workers to report unsafe working conditions and prevent employer retaliation.

Senator Dave Cortese

Sen. Cortese, Asm. Garcia, and Asm. Low Introduce Bills to Reform California’s Archaic Spousal Rape Designation

March 22, 2021

Today, Assemblymember’s Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Evan Low (D-Campbell) announced the introduction of AB 812, and Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) introduced SB 530; both are bills that aim to bring California’s rape statues into parity by requiring the same standards for spousal rape that are currently in the penal code for rape. These bills will eliminate the “spousal rape exception” in the California Penal Code (Section 262) to ensure that “spousal rape” is treated and punished as seriously as rape of a non-spouse.

Senator Toni Atkins

SB 1: Critical Protections for California’s Coast, Communities

March 22, 2021

SACRAMENTO – On World Water Day 2021, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), and climate change experts called on Californians to encourage their communities to support SB 1, legislation authored by Pro Tem Atkins to provide tools for California to combat sea level rise. 

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Housing Data and Light Touch Density Legislation Pass Senate Housing Committee

March 22, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation, Senate Bill 477 and Senate Bill 10, passed the Senate Housing Committee. SB 477 passed with a bipartisan vote of 7-1 and will now head to the Senate Appropriations Committee. SB 10 passed with a bipartisan vote of 7-1, and will now head to the Governance and Finance Committee.

Senator Melissa Hurtado

Hurtado Raises Questions of the Medical Board of California During Committee Hearing

March 19, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) questioned the Medical Board of California regarding their review and action procedures of provider complaints during the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee Joint Hearing Sunset Review.

Senator Maria Elena Durazo

Senator Durazo Introduces Legislation to Reform Deeply Flawed Hazardous Waste Facility Compliance Formula

March 19, 2021

Senator María Elena Durazo, alongside co-authors Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach), Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), has introduced SB 575 to reform the Department of Toxic Substances Control's (DTSC) formula for the Violations Scoring Procedure (VSP). DTSC uses the VSP to evaluate a hazardous waste facility’s compliance history with environmental regulations. However, DTSC’s current formula for the VSP obscures the impact and magnitude of harm caused by facilities to communities and the environment.

Senator Josh Becker

CA Senator Josh Becker Urges State, Counties to Align with New CDC Guidelines on School Distancing

March 19, 2021

For Immediate Release
MENLO PARK – State Senator Josh Becker called for the state and counties to swiftly align their guidance on distancing in schools with the recommendation issued today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protections.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino Affordable Housing Bill Passes Senate Housing Committee

March 18, 2021

Sacramento, California – Senate Bill 15, a measure authored Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Canada) which gives incentives to cities that convert abandoned retail sites into affordable and workforce housing, passed the Senate Housing Committee today

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Legislation to Ensure University of California Provides Inclusive Healthcare When Contracting with Other Health Systems Passes Senate Education Committee

March 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation, Senate Bill 379, the Equitable and Inclusive UC Healthcare Act, passed the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 5-2. 

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Legislation to Allow for More Diverse and Democratic Sheriff Elections Passes Senate Public Safety Committee

March 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s legislation to expand eligibility for who can run for Sheriff, Senate Bill 271, passed the Senate Public Safety Committee by a vote of 4-1. It now heads to the Senate Governance and Finance Committee.