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.
Senate Bill 1441 seeks to dramatically reduce natural gas leaks throughout California. The bill creates incentives for utilities to reduce natural gas emissions which harm the environment and pose a safety hazard. It also protects consumers by prohibiting utilities from recouping the costs of leaked natural gas from ratepayers.
“Today’s signing of the minimum wage bill is a tremendous victory for California workers whose tireless efforts, courage, conviction and determination made this possible. They are the heroes we celebrate today.
The California Legislature became the first in the nation to approve a $15 minimum wage with the passage of Senate Bill 3. The historic legislation, which will help lift California’s low-wage earners out of poverty, is jointly authored by Senators Mark Leno, Kevin de León and Connie M. Leyva. The bill passed both houses of the Legislature and is now headed to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, who brought lawmakers and stakeholders together to move the bill forward.