Press Releases

September 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today gave final approval to Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, sending this closely-watched measure by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) to Governor Brown for his signature. Once signed into law and enacted, SB 54 will prevent state and local law enforcement officers and resources from being commandeered by President Trump to enforce federal immigration laws.

 

September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The California legislature today passed fifteen a package of fifteen consequential measures aimed at tackling the state’s housing crisis; a problem that has made California home to 21 of the 30 most expensive housing markets in the nation.

At a time when homeownership in California is at its lowest point since the 1940’s, the state Senate is moving policies to fund new development, streamline approval processes, strengthen existing laws, and create more local accountability to build new housing and increase homeownership across the Golden State. 

September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate today passed budget trailer bills AB 109 and AB 134, making this the most historic investment of its kind to clean air across California and advance zero-emission technologies in the transportation sector. Senate Democrats this summer led in determining the spending priorities for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, with the primary focus on reducing carbon emissions and other air pollutants from the transportation sector.

 

September 13, 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:

September 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Legislative Leaders and the Governor have agreed to provide $30 million in assistance to Dreamers in response to President Trump’s recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“We will not let one man with xenophobic tendencies undercut years of progress we have made in California to integrate these young adults into our society and economy,” said Senator President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). “California is their home and they are our future.”

September 11, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement today on new amendments to SB 54, the California Values act, that are the result of negotiations with Governor Jerry Brown and clears the way for a crucial Assembly floor vote this week.

"This bill protects public safety and people who come to California to work hard and make this state a better place," said Governor Brown.

 

September 08, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement after the University of California filed a lawsuit to block the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program:

“I’m grateful that the UC is taking aggressive steps to defend the DACA students and staff members who now find themselves on uncertain terrain.

September 05, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement after President Trump moved today to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:

“America should not be the place where dreams come to die.

“This great nation was built on the dreams of immigrants who came here looking for a better way of life and in doing so enriched us all.

August 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on Assembly Republican Leadership:

 

“On behalf of the Senate, I want to thank Chad Mayes for his common-sense leadership and service as Assembly Republican Leader.  We come from different sides of the political spectrum but, in the end, he understood that Californians expect us, as state lawmakers, to put our state's progress ahead of partisanship and to be a successful contrast to Washington's failures. 

August 21, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The first order of business for Senators returning to the State Capitol on Monday was to unequivocally denounce the recent act of terror in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Senators forcefully condemned the violent racism, anti-Semitism, and Nazism that was on display in Charlottesville, and called for a comprehensive state response and hearings to ensure California is prepared to protect public safety and free speech in the event of future white supremacist activities.