Press Releases

July 06, 2011

Iron River of U.S. Guns Fueling the Mexican Drug War

Sen. De León’s Reso Promotes Greater Fed Enforcement

(Sacramento, CA) – Responding to the obscene flow of weapons thatimmigrate freely across the U.S. border to Mexico, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 10 (SJR 10) urging the President and the Congress of the United States to pursue a comprehensive approach to stem the trafficking of illicit United States firearms to Mexico.

“Lawlessness is rampant on our southern border and most people are not aware that the illegal trafficking of U.S. firearms is fueling the violence,” said Senator De León.  “I’ve introduced SJR 10 to push our Federal Government to halt the iron river of U.S. guns flowing illegally into Mexico. By doing so we can assure safety for the citizens of the United States and Mexico.”

June 22, 2011

LAPD Chief Beck and the Senator

“The bill is being held in committee while I work to secure the necessary votes to move it to the Assembly Floor. The safety of our law enforcement officers and the public depends on this advancing. This does not inhibit recreational BB gun enthusiasts. It will keep copycat handguns and military style assault weapons off our streets. It is a small price to pay if we spare even one life lost needlessly.”

June 22, 2011

SACRAMENTO– The California State Assembly Labor and Employment Committee today advanced Senate Bill 432 (De Leόn), a bill seeking to outlaw unsafe housekeeping practices that result in housekeepers cleaning bathroom floors on their knees for lack of mops and lifting heavy mattresses for lack of fitted sheets.


“The hotels change their sheet inventory frequently. There will be no added expense,” said the bill’s author Senator Kevin de Leόn (D-22). “All we ask is that when the hotels make their next purchase, half of the sheets be fitted. It is a minor action for them but a major benefit to employee health, safety, happiness and productivity.”

June 01, 2011

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Wednesday, June 1, 2011. The California State Senate voted today 22 to 16 to pass Senate Bill 124, the Cop-Killer Bullet Ban Protection Act. Despite the gun lobby’s concerted and misguided efforts to keep cop-killer bullets legal and accessible, strong law enforcement support from up and down the state won over the majority of Legislators.

June 01, 2011

SB 432 (D-DeLeón) heads to Assembly

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California State Senate approved today, Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Senate Bill 432, a pioneering piece of legislation to prevent work-related injuries in hotel housekeepers.

May 02, 2011

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – a time to recognize the contributions of our Asian and Pacific Islander community in the United States.

April 26, 2011


 (Sacramento, CA) – At the request of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck after the December 2010 shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a LAPD officer, Senator Kevin de León introduced a bill to protect police and the public from the dangers of fake firearms. Senate Bill 798 passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee today, Tuesday, April 26, 2011 after police officers presented a 9mm Beretta and a copycat BB gun, showing how easy it is to mistake a fake firearm for the real thing.

(Can you tell which one’s the real gun? Answer below)

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April 13, 2011

Prompted by a suspected hate crime in his district, pro Tem Steinberg has proclaimed April 13th to be “We are all Sikh day” in Sacramento.  Events will take place in Sacramento and at the State Capitol with a ceremony on the Senate floor on April 11th. 

April 11, 2011

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) challenged his Senate colleges to call for an end to baseball fan violence and donated $2,500 to The Bryan Stow Fund.  Bryan Stow, a father and Santa Clara County AMR Paramedic, is in a medically induced coma after a horrific assault at the Giants-Dodgers opening game in Los Angeles a little over a week ago.