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California Senate Leader Statement on Earth Day

April 22, 2017

LOS ANGELES – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement in recognition of Earth Day, and in solidarity with Americans marching around the nation in defense of science:


Statement from California Senate Leader on U.S. Attorney General Request

April 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO- California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D- Los Angeles), released the following statement responding to letters sent by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session to the state of California, and other cities and counties, regarding compliance with immigration law enforcement. Attached is a recent letter from legal counsel for the California State Legislature on the same matter.

President pro Tempore de León Announces Appointments

April 19, 2017

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

Ruben A. Osorio, a Democrat from Chula Vista, has been appointed to the Acupuncture Board. Mr. Osorio is a Regional Sales Supervisor for Dion International Trucks. The effective date of this appointment will be June 1, 2017. His term end date shall be June 1, 2021. Compensation shall be $100 per diem and expenses.

Senate Energy Committee Approves Legislation to Extend Prop 39 Funding in Bipartisan Vote

April 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, in a bipartisan vote of 10 to 1, the Senate Energy & Utilities Committee approved legislation to extend and modify The Clean Energy Jobs Act, which will continue funding to school districts, county offices of education, charter schools, and community colleges to support energy efficiency and alternative energy projects with the goal of reducing operating costs and improving health and safety in public schools.


Statement on Passage of Historic Transportation Deal

April 06, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement in response to the legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 1 to address California’s transportation infrastructure:

Senate Floor Remarks — SB 54 (De Leon) The California Values Act

April 03, 2017

President Trump has vowed to punish so-called “sanctuary cities.” He claims sanctuary policies make cities more dangerous.

The President needs to read up. He is wrong about immigrants and wrong about what makes our communities safer. Recent research by a UC San Diego professor shows sanctuary counties are not only safer than comparable non-sanctuary jurisdictions but are also better off economically.

California Senate Set to Vote Today on SB 54 California Values Act

April 03, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate will vote today on a recently amended bill by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) to head off a Trump Administration plan to enlist state and local police as immigration enforcement agents.

Senate Leader de León will take questions from the news media outside the Senate Chambers immediately following the vote.

California Senate Leader Responds to AG Sessions Call to Punish “Sanctuary Cities”

March 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate President Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement Monday in response to United States Attorney Jeff Session’s announcement to withhold Department of Justice grant dollars from “sanctuary cities.”

“The announcement today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is nothing short of blackmail. When it comes to immigrants and sanctuary counties and cities, the Attorney General and the President are stuck on alternative facts.

Senate Democrats Support Intervention to Protect California’s Clean Air Standards

March 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO- Following an unprecedented step by the Trump Administration to weaken federal vehicle fuel efficiency standards, California State Senate Democrats have written a letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra offering strong support for decisive legal action to intervene on the state’s behalf.