Caucus News

Bill Monning

“End of Life Option Act” Clears First Committee

March 25, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation carried by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to expand end of life options available to Californians passed out of the Senate Health Committee on a 6 to 2 vote today.  Senate Bill (SB) 128, the End of Life Option Act, will allow a mentally competent, terminally ill adult in California in the final stages of life to request aid-in-dying medication from a physician.  SB 128 now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senator Bill Dodd

“End of Life Option Act” Clears First Committee

March 25, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation carried by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to expand end of life options available to Californians passed out of the Senate Health Committee on a 6 to 2 vote today.  Senate Bill (SB) 128, the End of Life Option Act, will allow a mentally competent, terminally ill adult in California in the final stages of life to request aid-in-dying medication from a physician.  SB 128 now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kevin de León

RELEASE: Senate Approves Emergency Drought Funding/El Senado Aprueba Fondos de Emergencia para la Sequía

March 25, 2015

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today approved legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in funds to address California’s drought crisis.  The bipartisan action came months before the state budget will be approved, and provides a down payment on the state’s efforts to respond to the drought and strengthen California’s water infrastructure.

Media Event - California Senate to Honor Contributions of Pakistani American Community

March 25, 2015

Sacramento –For the first time in California history, the State Senate will formally adopt SR 15 by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) declaring March 23rd, 2015 as “Pakistani American Day” to recognize the contributions of the state’s Pakistani American community.

Senator Mike McGuire

Senator McGuire’s Bi-Partisan Career & Job Skills Bill Passes Senate Education Committee

March 25, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire was joined by teachers, manufacturers, the farm bureau, and members of the building trades Wednesday morning when his bi-partisan legislation that would expand career and job skills in public middle and high schools advanced through the Senate Education Committee with a 7-0 vote.

Senator Bill Dodd

New Video Testimony from Brittany Maynard Released Supporting End of Life Option Legislation

March 25, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today the family of Brittany Maynard released new video testimony from Brittany in support of aid-in-dying legislation.  Ms. Maynard wrote the testimony and recorded the video for California Legislators before her death in November, 2014.

Bill Monning

New Video Testimony from Brittany Maynard Released Supporting End of Life Option Legislation

March 25, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today the family of Brittany Maynard released new video testimony from Brittany in support of aid-in-dying legislation.  Ms. Maynard wrote the testimony and recorded the video for California Legislators before her death in November, 2014.  

Senator Bill Dodd

Senator Wolk to honor Napa, Sonoma County Women of the Year

March 24, 2015

Two women to receive honor at Friday ceremony
NAPA – Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) will honor Dr. Geni Bennetts of Napa County and Elece Hempel of Sonoma County as the Third Senate District’s Women of the Year.  
Every March, the Senate celebrates Women’s History Month by honoring women whose contributions improve lives in their communities, a tradition dating back to 1987.  

Senator Bill Dodd

SB 174 Receives Bi-partisan Support from Senate Human Services Committee

March 24, 2015

Two-year pilot programs in Sacramento and Yolo Counties to be funded and evaluated
SACRAMENTO—Senate Bill 174, authored by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) passed out of the Senate Committee on Human Services with a 5-0 vote.  The bill would establish a two-year pilot project in the County of Sacramento and the County of Yolo for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of crisis nurseries in lowering the incidence of child abuse in those counties. 

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg

Sen. Bob Hertzberg reacts to State of Judiciary Address by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

March 24, 2015