Caucus News

Bill Monning

“End of Life Option Act” Passes out of Senate Judiciary Committee

April 7, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation carried by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to expand the end of life options available to Californians passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 5 to 2 vote today.  Senate Bill (SB) 128, the End of Life Option Act, will allow a mentally competent adult in the final stages of life due to a terminal illness to request aid-in-dying medication from a physician.  SB 128 now moves on to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senator Bill Dodd

“End of Life Option Act” Passes out of Senate Judiciary Committee

April 7, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation carried by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to expand the end of life options available to Californians passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 5 to 2 vote today.  Senate Bill (SB) 128, the End of Life Option Act, will allow a mentally competent adult in the final stages of life due to a terminal illness to request aid-in-dying medication from a physician.  SB 128 now moves on to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Kevin de León

RELEASE: Energy Committee Passes Pro Tem’s Golden State Standards Bill - Landmark Legislative Proposal Powers New Clean-Energy Economy

April 7, 2015

Senator Benjamin Allen

Senator Allen’s Climate Change Measure Advances

April 7, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to establish a renewable gas standard, Senate Bill (SB) 687, passed the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee today on a vote of 7 - 3.  The state’s gas sector causes one-quarter of California’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and significant air and water pollution.

Kevin de León

VIDEO RELEASE: Pro Tem, Speaker Unveil “Liberty and Justice” Immigrant Bill Package

April 7, 2015

Undocumented immigrants need protection from injustices of broken national system

SACRAMENTO – Legislative leaders today announced a 10-bill package to protect hardworking undocumented immigrants from fraud, discrimination, lack of health care, and the unintended consequences of our criminal justice system. VIDEO

Senator Richard Pan

Dr. Pan Introduces Legislation to Extend Civil Rights to Protect Immigrants from Discrimination

April 7, 2015

Sacramento – At a press conference to unveil a legislative package that would enhance protections for undocumented immigrants, Dr. Richard Pan, a State Senator representing Sacramento, announced the introduction of Senate Bill 600, which would prohibit businesses in the state from discriminating against immigrants based on their immigration status, citizenship and language.

Senator Richard Pan

Dr. Richard Pan Asks the Little Hoover Commission to Review the Denti-Cal program

April 6, 2015

Sacramento – Following a State Auditor’s report last December that found both poor access to dental care for Denti-Cal beneficiaries and inadequate state oversight of the program, Dr. Richard Pan asked the Little Hoover Commission to undertake a review of the Denti-Cal program and identify how this vital program should meet its purpose to provide access to dental care for many of the most vulnerable Californians including children.

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Tax reform, improving voter turnout, earthquake safety and helping the poor dominate Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s agenda for 2015

April 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO – When the 2015 session resumes Monday, the nearly 1 million residents of the San Fernando Valley represented by Sen. Bob Hertzberg will find him pushing laws to reform state taxes, turn around abysmal voter turnout, improve protections of water systems from earthquakes and help the poor receive free legal help.

Kevin de León

Statement by the Pro Tem on Cesar Chavez Day

March 31, 2015

SACRAMENTO – As the state celebrates the life of civil rights leader and labor organizer César Chávez today, President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate Kevin de León released the following statement:

"Today California honors and celebrates a man who dedicated his life to improving the working conditions of farm workers and their families in California. 

We honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez by continuing  to seek justice for the most vulnerable migrant worker.

California Legislature Honors Contributions of the Pakistani American Community

March 26, 2015

Sacramento-For the first time in California history, the State Senate today recognized the contributions of California’s Pakistani American community by adopting Senate Resolution 15 by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) declaring March 23rd, 2015 as “Pakistani American Day”.