Caucus News

Senator Dave Cortese

State Legislature Approves Funds for Litter Abatement in Santa Clara County

June 30, 2021

Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) has secured $2 million to assist local jurisdictions with the removal of trash and debris from local streets and along state highways in Santa Clara County.
The Budget Act of 2021 (SB/AB 129) that the State Legislature passed this week included Senator Cortese’s proposal under which the Santa Clara County Consumer & Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA), in collaboration with the County’s 15 cities, would identify and prioritize beautification areas and litter abatement opportunities in Santa Clara County.

Senator Scott Wiener

Senator Wiener’s Legislation to Decriminalize Possession of Psychedelics Passes Assembly Public Safety

June 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO - Senator Scott Wiener’s (D-San Francisco) legislation, Senate Bill 519, which decriminalizes the possession and personal use of certain psychedelic drugs, passed Assembly Public Safety by a vote of 5-3. Research from top medical universities shows that these substances can have significant benefits, particularly for treating mental health and substance use disorders. Decriminalizing their personal possession and use is part of the larger movement to end the racist War on Drugs and its failed and destructive policies.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Senator Leyva Secures $9.05 Million for 20th State Senate District Priorities

June 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) is pleased to announce the following 20th State Senate District budget wins spearheaded by the Senator and approved by the California State Legislature yesterday to benefit families and communities across the district:

Senator Bob Wieckowski

Assembly Banking and Finance approves Wieckowski bill on assigned debt collection

June 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Banking and Finance Committee approved legislation by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today to strengthen protection for consumers who are dealing with assigned debt collectors who operate with fewer restrictions than those governing debt that is sold. SB 531 now heads to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Senator Connie M. Leyva

Assembly Public Safety Committee Passes Leyva Bill Allowing Victims of Police Violence to Access Compensation

June 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Assembly Public Safety Committee approved Senate Bill 299—also known as the “Equal Access for Victims of Police Violence Act”—authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), which will remove unjust barriers faced by victims of police violence and other violent crimes in accessing California’s Victim Compensation program.  The Victim Compensation program is an important pathway for survivors to access critical support, as it can cover specific expenses related to crime, such as medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and counseling. 

Senator Richard Pan

Bill to Protect Californians’ Rights to Get Vaccinated and Protects Freedom of Speech Passes Asm. Public Safety Committee

June 29, 2021

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Bill 742 by Dr. Richard Pan to give local officials the tools they need to keep extremists from harassing and intimidating patients and front-line workers when getting vaccinated, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee today. 

Senator Mike McGuire

McGuire Moves on Filling Funding Gap for Veteran Homeless Housing Project

June 29, 2021

Sacramento, CA – Marin County’s Senator Mike McGuire successfully secured an additional $4 million in this year’s state budget to fill the vast majority of the funding gap needed to kick off the groundbreaking of the transformational veteran homeless housing community in Novato.

Senator Dave Cortese

State Legislature Approves Budget Act of 2021

June 29, 2021

The Senate and Assembly have approved an operating budget that is now headed to the Governor’s desk. Once signed into law, this budget package represents California’s spending plan that will be in place for the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1.
The budget package totals $267.1 billion; $196.1 from the state’s General Fund, with total General Fund reserves at a record of $25.3 billion. Proposition 98 spending is also at a record $96.1 billion.

Senator Richard D. Roth

2021-2022 State Budget Makes Significant Investments in Senate District 31

June 29, 2021

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) outlined some of the transformative regional investments coming to Inland Southern California, as outlined in the 2021-2022 California State Budget: “When I first campaigned for the State Senate in 2012, I pushed for a long overdue medical school for UCR because of our critical need for healthcare workers.  I have continued to fight for full recognition, respect, and resources for our underserved Region ever since.  These budget investments move us closer to that goal,” said Senator Roth.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino

Senator Portantino Secures Funding for Glendora Streetlight Retrofit

June 29, 2021

Sacramento, California – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) announced today that his budget request for the City of Glendora was approved by the Legislature.  The 2021-2022 State Budget will include a one-time allocation of $1.5 million for the City of Glendora to retrofit historic streetlights.