Press Releases

January 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO—The Senate today approved legislation (SB 808) by Senator Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles)  to ban the sale, manufacture, purchase and trafficking of plastic and self-made firearms – referred to as “ghost guns” – in California.  The bill requires self-made or assembled firearms to contain permanent pieces of metal and to be registered with the Department of Justice (DOJ) through a serial number and gun owner background check.  The Senate floor vote was 21 ayes – 9 noes.  

January 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senator Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles) today made the following remarks in his address to the National Academy of Social Insurance, Annual Policy Research Conference, at the National Press Club, via webcast.

“I am pleased to finally see national attention to the plight of millions of working Americans who have no pensions.  Listening to the President’s State of the Union last night, it’s promising that he is directing the Treasury to tackle this issue.

January 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO – The Senate approved legislation today by Senator Kevin de Len (D-Los Angeles) that will set deadlines to shut down hazardous waste facilities that continue to violate health and safety laws while operating on expired permits.  The bill (SB 812) will strengthen the hazardous waste regulatory system, beginning with addressing when final permit decisions must be mad

January 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Senators Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) today unveiled legislation that will implement a ban on single-use plastic grocery bags,  promote recycling and California manufacturing, and provide financial incentives to maintain and retrain California employees in affected industries.   The lawmakers were joined by environmental, worker and manufacturing representatives at the news con

January 16, 2014

 SACRAMENTO --  Senator Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles) applauded the action of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for filing a lawsuit today seeking up to $40 million in penalties from Exide Technologies for air quality violations from illegal emissions of lead and arsenic.

January 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senator Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles) today accused the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) of “repeated failures to protect our most vulnerable communities from toxic polluters,” in testimony before a Senate Environmental Quality Committee oversight hearing on California’s hazardous waste regulatory system. At the hearing the committee voted 6-0 in support of Senate Bill 812 (De Leόn) to strengthen the hazardous waste regulatory system and set deadlines for when final permit decisions must be made by DTSC.

January 15, 2014

RE: AB 60 Implementation

January 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO,CA – Calling it “an important step toward reforming local corruption,” Senator Kevin de Leόn today applauded an $8 million tax credit award from Treasurer Bill Lockyer and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee to the City of Vernon to build new housing and bring in more residents to the largely industrial area.

January 13, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Flanked by representatives from law enforcement and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Senator Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles) today unveiled legislation to ban the sale, manufacture, purchase and trafficking of plastic and self-assembled firearms – often referred to as “ghost guns” -- in California.  Senate Bill 808 requires self-made or assembled guns to contain permanent pieces of metal and to be registered with the Department of Justice through a serial number and gun owner background check.