Press Release
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 350 passed the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on a 9-5 vote Monday. The bill now moves on to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. SB 350 establishes ambitious new targets for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, and petroleum use reduction to strengthen California’s leadership in tackling climate change and air pollution while building the renewable energy economy of the future.

Media Advisory
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

SACRAMENTO – All Senate hearings are open for the public to attend, and now every Capitol hearing is viewable via livestream on the Senate homepage http://senate.ca.gov. A video archive of hearings going back to 2005 is available via http://senate.ca.gov/media-archive.

Incorporating Equal Employment Opportunity into State Civil Service Improvements

Remarks
Monday, July 06, 2015

Mr. Chair and colleagues:

The Assembly has been instrumental in California’s climate leadership.

With the passage of our landmark climate policy, AB 32, as well as California’s Clean Car Standards, your predecessors established the framework that is now widely considered a model for the world.

Both of our houses recently had the privilege of hosting Ms. Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Press Release
Thursday, July 02, 2015

Pro Tem Swears In Children Immigrants As United States Citizens

SACRAMENTO – To kick off Independence Day weekend celebrations, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León on Thursday led a swearing-in ceremony at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum for 16 children who took the oath to become United States citizens.

De León, who taught naturalization classes before becoming a legislator, congratulated the children, aged 7 to 17, and their families on their commitment to being part of the fabric of this wonderfully diverse country.

Press Release

Consent Education for High School Students

Thursday, July 02, 2015

SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the California Assembly Education Committee passed Senate Bill 695 (De León/Jackson) unanimously on a bipartisan vote of 6-0. Under the legislation, health courses, which are a condition of graduation for a majority of California high school students, will provide instruction on affirmative consent, sexual harassment, assault, violence, and the importance of developing positive and healthy relationships.

Press Release
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, has announced the following appointment by the Rules Committee:

Press Release
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A state department whose responsibilities include monitoring hazardous waste facilities will itself be monitored by independent experts, according to provisions sought by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León in the recently approved budget.

The 2015-16 budget signed by Governor Brown last week established a 3-person panel to monitor the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC), in addition to a $13 million budget increase to boost its permitting process and hazardous waste oversight operations.

Media Advisory

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

SACRAMENTO – To kick-off the Independence Day weekend celebrations, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León will be the keynote speaker Thursday at a ceremony for 16 children who will take the oath to become United States citizens. De León will shake hands with the children, aged 7-17, as they receive their citizenship certificates. The newly naturalized citizens will be accompanied by their parents, who have been previously naturalized. The ceremony is sponsored by the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services.

Press Release
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

SACRAMENTO – A state department whose responsibilities include monitoring hazardous waste facilities will itself be monitored by independent experts, according to provisions sought by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León in the recently approved budget.

The 2015-16 budget signed by Governor Brown last week established a 3-person panel to monitor the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC), in addition to a $13 million budget increase to boost its permitting process and hazardous waste oversight operations.

Media Advisory
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WHAT: The Pro Tem will present SB 695, a measure to educate high school students on sexual assault, violence prevention and healthy dating relationships. The bill requires a school district, where students need to complete a health course to graduate, to provide instruction on sexual assault and violence, including information on the affirmative consent standard established in SB 967 (De León, 2014).

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