Caucus News

Senator Dave Cortese

Senator Cortese Secures Funding to Move Forward Midpen’s Highway 17 Wildlife and Trail Crossings Project

July 5, 2021

Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) has secured $2 million to move forward the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s (Midpen) Highway 17 Wildlife and Trail Crossings Project and connect over 30,000 acres of open space in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener's 2021 Housing Legislation Passes the Assembly Local Government Committee

July 2, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s housing legislation, Senate Bills 478, 477 and 10, passed the Assembly Local Government Committee. They passed by votes of 5-2, 8-0 and 6-1 respectively, and will now head to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Each bill is sponsored by California YIMBY, and SB 477 is additionally cosponsored by SPUR.

Senator Bob Archuleta

Senator Bob Archuleta’s Illegal Fireworks Handling and Disposal Bill Passes the Senate

July 1, 2021

Sacramento - State Senator Bob Archuleta’s (D-Pico Rivera) bill to improve the safety of illegal fireworks handling and disposal has passed the Senate, and is currently making its way through the Assembly.

Senate Bill 277, improves California’s safe handling and disposal of confiscated illegal fireworks by establishing an enforcement and disposal fund to better coordinate enforcement efforts between the State Fire Marshal and local agencies.

Senator Maria Elena Durazo

Homeless Hiring Tax Credit Originally Proposed by Sen. María Elena Durazo & Asm. Richard Bloom Included in 2021-2022 California Budget

July 1, 2021

The 2021-2022 budget set to be signed by Governor Newsom will include a groundbreaking California Homeless Hiring Tax Credit that would simultaneously confront the homelessness crisis facing California, address the job losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic that have disproportionately harmed low-income communities, and ease the significant financial strain that many small businesses are currently experiencing.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd: Water Project Bill Cleared by Committee

July 1, 2021

SACRAMENTO – As California’s drought deepens, threatening community and agricultural supplies, legislation advanced today from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to streamline improvements to the state’s outdated central water delivery system.

“This legislation will speed the contracting process to keep supplies flowing to our communities and farmers,” Sen. Dodd said. “Water is the lifeblood of our state and the drought underscores the need to update our aging water infrastructure. I thank Assembly committee members for seeing the value in this commonsense measure.”

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino’s Bill Restricting Access to High-Powered Weapons Takes Effect Today

July 1, 2021

Sacramento, California – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) announced that SB 61, which would prohibit anyone under 21 years of age from purchasing center-fire, semi-automatic firearms and limit all others to one purchase per month, took effect today.

Senator Bob Archuleta

Senator Bob Archuleta Secures Budget Wins for Public Health, Veterans, and Public Safety

June 30, 2021

Montebello – Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Rivera) announced in a budget agreement that passed the Senate Monday he secured funding to support projects ranging from $4.5 million for a clinical trial network of blood cancer experts across UC cancer centers, $1.1 million for the city of La Habra Heights Fire Department, $4.2 million for the city of Whittier’s LGBTQ+ Regional Hub, and $5.4 million in support of county Veteran Service Officers.

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd’s Water Access & Equity Bill Approved in Committee

June 30, 2021

SACRAMENTO – As Californians recover from the pandemic shutdown, legislation advanced today from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would help hundreds of thousands of families who have fallen behind on their water bills and are at risk of being disconnected from water service.

“Ensuring everyone in the state remains connected to drinking water is an absolute necessity for a full economic recovery,” Sen. Dodd said. “My bill ensures families will be able to pay for water services needed to protect their health and safety.”

Senator Bill Dodd

Sen. Dodd’s Community Energy Resilience Bill Advances

June 30, 2021

SACRAMENTO – With extreme heat and wildfires already straining California’s energy capacity, legislation advanced today from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to help the state reduce its reliance on carbon-emitting generators during disaster-driven power outages by assisting the planning of micro-grids, with a priority on low-income communities.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino Successfully Secures Funding for the California Scholars Program for HBCU Students at Hastings College of Law

June 30, 2021

Sacramento, California – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) announced today that his budget request for $4.5 million for UC Hastings College of Law scholarships for California students who graduate from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) was approved. The appropriation is a reauthorization of Senator Portantino’s funding request from three years ago, which led to 18 talented HBCU students earning full ride scholarships to the prestigious California law school.