Caucus News

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Jackson and Muratsuchi Bills to Block New Offshore Oil Head to the Governor

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Santa Barbara) and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (Torrance) to block the Trump Administration from expanding federal oil drilling off the California coast are headed to the Governor. The identical bills ensure that new pipelines and other new infrastructure needed to support federal oil development cannot be built in California waters.

Senator Richard D. Roth

Approved! Crucial Bill to Protect California Resource Moves to Senate for Final Vote

August 29, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the California State Assembly clashed over a bill authored by Senator Richard D. Roth that determines whether or not California protects its most precious resource: water. After raucous debate, Assemblymembers approved SB 120 in a 45-20 vote and sent it to the California State Senate for concurrence.

Senator Richard D. Roth

Approved! Crucial Bill to Protect California Resource Moves to Senate

August 29, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the California State Assembly clashed over a bill authored by Senator Richard D. Roth that determines whether or not California protects its most precious resource: water. After raucous debate, Assemblymembers approved SB 120 in a 45-20 vote and sent it to the California State Senate for concurrence.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Leyva Hospital Patient Safety Bill Clears Final Legislative Hurdle

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today approved SB 1288—a measure that will protect patient safety and reinforce nurse staffing ratio requirements—and sent this important bill to the Governor for consideration.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Senator Jackson Bill to Help Montecito and other California Homeowners Recover Mudslide Losses Passes Senate, Heads to Governor

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Legislation by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to help Montecito and other California homeowners whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by fire-induced mudslides, passed off the Senate floor today on a 27 to 12 vote and now heads to Governor Brown.

Senate Bill 917 clarifies that, under current law, an insurance policy covers loss or damage resulting from a mudslide or debris flow if the acts were attributable to a condition already covered by the policy, such as wildfires.

Senator Bill Dodd

Senator Dodd’s Water Shut-Off Protection Bill Heads to the Governor

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers on Wednesday approved legislation from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would protect low-income families from getting their water service terminated.

“Access to water is a fundamental right of all Californians and we must protect it now and for generations to come,” Senator Dodd said. “We simply cannot cut off water service to poor families just because they have fallen on hard times. This creates a sustainable and equitable delivery system that will protect this vulnerable population including seniors, children and those with illness or disability.”

Senator Richard D. Roth

California State Assembly Approves Senator Roth’s PACE Legislation

August 29, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the California State Assembly approved Senator Richard D. Roth’s consumer protection measure, SB 1087 in a 64-0 vote. SB 1087 demands greater accountability and transparency of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Aug. 29, 2018: Plan to improve foster-care placements goes to Gov. Brown after Legislature’s bipartisan vote

August 29, 2018

Lawmakers approve Sen. Holly J. Mitchell's family-protection bill addressing hardships   

SACRAMENTO – In a bipartisan vote welcomed by families statewide, the California Legislature today approved a plan to fix unintended delays and financial hardships in a new statewide program for placing individuals with foster caregivers.  

Senator Ricardo Lara

Legislature Expands Insurance Relief for Homeowners in a Disaster Area and Requires Wildfire Risk Data From Insurers

August 29, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the California Legislature passed SB 824, the Wildlife Safety and Recovery Act, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), to protect homeowners from the growing risk of losing their insurance due to increased wildfire risk.

Governor Brown has until September 30 to sign, veto, or allow SB 824 to become law.

Senator Nancy Skinner

Skinner’s SB 1085 Retains Leave Time for Union Leaders

August 29, 2018

Sacramento, CA - Today, State Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 1085, passed the State Legislature. SB 1085 ensures that officers and stewards of public employee unions are allowed take leaves of absence to perform their duties. SB 1085 now goes to Governor Brown for his signature.