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Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Health Care Accountability and Access Legislation to Support Improved Patient Care Pass Senate Health Committee

April 20, 2022

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation to improve patient access to quality health care, Senate Bill 853 and Senate Bill 858, passed the Senate Health Committee by votes of 10-0 and 8-1 respectively. SB 858 will now head to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and SB 853 will head to the Senate Appropriations Committee. SB 858, the Health Plan Accountability Act, updates and increases penalties for health plans that violate state law in denying or delaying insurance coverage.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino’s K-12 Enrollment-Based Funding Bill Passes Senate Education Committee

April 20, 2022

Sacramento, California – Senate Bill 830, a bill authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) which would increase supplemental funding for K-12 schools based on enrollment numbers, passed the Senate Education Committee today. 

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino’s Campus Safety Bill Passes Senate Education Committee

April 20, 2022

Sacramento, CA - Senate Bill 906, a bill authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) that prioritizes student safety, passed the Senate Education Committee today.  By ensuring safe at-home storage of firearms and quick, robust investigations of imminent school threats, SB 906 aims to prevent tragic shootings on our campuses.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s SB 834, the No Tax Exemption for Insurrection Act, Passes Senate Governance and Finance Committee

April 20, 2022

SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s Senate Bill 834, the No Tax Exemption for Insurrection Act, passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. It will now head to the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Senator Susan Rubio

Class Size Reduction Bill by Sen. Susan Rubio Passes Senate Ed Committee

April 20, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – The State Senate Education Committee today passed a bill by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that provides additional funding to school districts and charter schools that meet the student-to-teacher ratio of twenty to one.

Senate Bill 1431 will allow students to receive more critical individualized attention and interaction with teachers by incentivizing local education agencies to lower the student-to-teacher ratio to 20:1 within Kindergarten – Third (K-3) grade classrooms.

Senator Bill Dodd

Senate Leader’s Bottle Recycling Bill Clears Committee

April 20, 2022

 

SACRAMENTO – Legislation written by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego, and Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to add wine and distilled spirits bottles to California’s recycling program cleared a key committee hurdle today.

Senator Bill Dodd

Warmer Temps Bring Focus on Mosquito Awareness Week

April 19, 2022

 

SACRAMENTO – With warmer weather hastening the arrival of mosquito season, posing a public health threat to California communities, Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today he has introduced a resolution marking April 17- 23, 2022 as Mosquito Awareness Week.

Senator Toni Atkins

Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Enhance Zero Carbon Goals, Meet Needs of Working Californians

April 19, 2022

SACRAMENTO – After months of work to determine solutions that would enhance the state’s ability to meet the challenges of climate change, adaptation, and resiliency through an equitable lens, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), State Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), State Senator Anna Caballero (D-Merced), and State Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) announced today that they have introduced the Clean Energy, Jobs, and Affordability Act of 2022.

Senator Dave Cortese

Cortese’s Bill to Provide Guaranteed Income to Homeless Youth Advances

April 19, 2022

Senator Cortese (D-Silicon Valley) made the following statement when SB 1341 cleared the California Senate Committee on Human Services today, after previously clearing the California Senate Education Committee:

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Senate committee approves Wieckowski carbon capture and storage grant bill

April 18, 2022

SACRAMENTO — A bill to create carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects to help California meet its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets was approved today by the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. SB 1399 is authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), the chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy.