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).

Press Release
Monday, June 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission:

“Today's decision by the nation’s highest court supporting redistricting commissions is a victory for California’s open and publicly accessible redistricting process. We hope other states will follow suit now that the Court has removed any question about its constitutionality.”

Press Release
Monday, June 29, 2015

 

SACRAMENTO – The state Legislature today honored the millions of immigrants residing in California and the nation with resolutions that point out their leadership and “countless contributions” that have enriched our nation.

Press Release
Friday, June 26, 2015

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges:

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