SACRAMENTO – Senator Mark Leno, Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, released the following statement today regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year:
“California’s economy is strong and its fiscal position is stable. Although revenues are slightly lower than January’s projections, the adjustment is small and not a major shift in fortunes. Governor Brown’s budget revision builds upon that fiscal stability and sets aside revenues for an uncertain future.
Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen and Senator Mark Leno passed the state Assembly today on a vote of 48 – 26. Senate Bill (SB) 254 would place an instructional measure on the November 2016 ballot which, if passed, would urge California’s elected officials to use all of their constitutional authority, including, but not limited to, proposing and ratifying one or more amendments to the United States Constitution, to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
California will regulate electronic cigarettes just as it does all other tobacco products under legislation signed today by Governor Jerry Brown. SBX2 5, authored by Senator Mark Leno, protects the public against exposure to e-cigarettes by ensuring they are accurately defined as tobacco products and fall under the state’s existing smoke-free laws. It also requires that all e-cigarettes and liquids for e-cigarettes be sold in child-resistant packaging.
Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen and Senator Mark Leno passed the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee, moving one step closer to placement on the November 2016 ballot. Senate Bill (SB) 254 is an advisory measure which urges the United States Congress to overturn the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.
Senate Bill 1150 helps prevent unnecessary foreclosures when a primary mortgage holder passes away. The bill, authored by Senators Mark Leno and Cathleen Galgiani, closes a loophole in California law that fails to provide surviving spouses and children important protections against foreclosure that are available to other homeowners.
Legislation that improves transparency, accountability and trust between law enforcement and the public passed the Senate Public Safety Committee with a 5-1 vote. Senate Bill 1286 allows greater public access to peace officer records related to serious uses of force and sustained charges of misconduct.