Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights
September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights, authored by Senators Mark Leno and Cathleen Galgiani, was signed by Governor Brown 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.

“Facing foreclosure after the loss of a loved one can be devastating,” said Senator Leno. “The Governor’s approval of SB 1150 will help keep more families in their homes and reaffirms California as a nationwide leader in protecting vulnerable homeowners.”

California Public Utilities Commission
September 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO- The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will be more transparent and accountable to the public following Governor Brown’s approval of SB 215 today. Jointly authored by Senators Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), SB 215 will reform the CPUC’s ex parte communication rules and make it easier to disqualify a commissioner for bias, both of which were recommended by the State Auditor in a report released last week.

Criminal Justice
September 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senator Mark Leno’s (D-San Francisco) bill to establish a fair standard for proving one’s innocence in California was signed by the Governor today. SB 1134 ensures that when innocent people are convicted, there is a fair and reasonable path to clear their names if new evidence is later found to support their claims of innocence.

Affordable Housing
September 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A measure authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by the City of San Francisco to expand affordable housing options for teachers was signed by Governor Brown today. SB 1413 will help California retain quality educators by allowing school districts to establish housing for teachers and employees on district-owned property.

Solitary Confinement
September 27, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senator Mark Leno’s (D- San Francisco) bill to limit the use of room confinement in juvenile facilities was signed by the Governor today. 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. The law will go into effect January 1, 2017.

Food Security
September 12, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Senator Mark Leno’s (D-San Francisco) bill to ensure those who meet the income eligibility requirements can access California’s food stamp and welfare to work programs was signed by Governor Brown today. Sponsored by the Western Center on Law and Poverty, Senate Bill 1232 protects the rights of CalWorks and CalFresh applicants while also reducing redundant paperwork.