California Public Utilities Commission
August 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO- Senator Mark Leno’s bill to reform the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by increasing transparency and commissioner accountability was approved on the Assembly Floor today. SB 215 is part of a package of Commission reforms agreed upon by Governor Brown, Assemblymember Mike Gatto, and Senators Jerry Hill and Mark Leno to improve governance, accountability, oversight and transparency of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights
August 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights, authored by Senators Mark Leno and Cathleen Galgiani, was approved by the State Assembly today. Senate Bill 1150 closes a loophole in California law that fails to provide surviving family members important protections against foreclosure that are available to other homeowners.

Juvenile Justice
August 18, 2016

Senator Mark Leno’s (D- San Francisco) bill to limit the use of room confinement in juvenile facilities was approved by the State Assembly today and now heads to the Senate for concurrence before reaching the Governor’s desk. Senate Bill 1143 states that room confinement can only be used after less restrictive options have been tried and bans its use for the purposes of punishment, coercion, convenience or retaliation.

Criminal Justice
August 18, 2016

Senator Mark Leno’s (D-San Francisco) bill to establish a fair standard for proving one’s innocence in California has passed the State Assembly. SB 1134 brings California’s innocence standard in line with 43 other states.

“The wrongful incarceration of an innocent citizen is one of the greatest injustices society can perpetuate,” said Senator Leno. “SB 1134 will provide meaningful relief to innocent people who have new evidence showing their convictions should be reversed.”

State Budget
June 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate Budget Chair Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statements regarding the Senate’s passage of the 2016-17 state budget.

Money in Elections
June 09, 2016

A measure authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) and Senator Mark Leno (D – San Francisco) urging California’s Congressional representatives to work to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision will appear on the November 2016 ballot.