Press Releases

October 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO - The California State Senate today requests, in the strongest possible terms, for Congress to expedite all actions necessary to permanently waive the requirement that our state's Army National Guard members repay federal financial incentives they received in exchange for wartime reenlistment.

October 24, 2016

California Senate President Kevin de Leon issued the following statement today on the death of former state Senator Tom Hayden:

 

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Tom Hayden, a former state Senator and long-time friend.  We have lost a strong and passionate voice for social justice, the environment, global peace, and a strong democracy.

 

“A legislator for 18 years, 10 in the Assembly and eight in the Senate before terming out in 2000, Tom distinguished himself as a paragon of political integrity and a great intellect.

 

October 12, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California Strategic Growth Council has announced the award recipients of nearly $300 million generated from California’s cap and trade greenhouse gas reduction program for the development of transit-oriented housing projects throughout the state.

September 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León released the following statement regarding the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s proposal to hike vehicle registration fees to pay for pollution reduction:

September 12, 2016

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - Today California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León released the following statement responding to Governor Brown signing AB 1066 (Gonzalez) and SB 1015 (Leyva): 

 

September 01, 2016

SACRAMENTO California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement today on the historic accomplishments of the California State Senate in 2016:

August 31, 2016

 

SACRAMENTO -- The Senate today sent Governor Brown a landmark measure by California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) that launches a retirement-security program for nearly 7 million private-sector workers in California who are currently without one.

The Senate’s approval of the California Secure Retirement Savings Program, SB 1234, by a bipartisan vote of 27-12 caps a six-year effort by Senator de León who worked with the Obama administration to make way for this first-of-its-kind state plan.

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement today on the passing of Greg Schmidt, former Secretary of the California State Senate.

“Today, we mourn the passing of a dear friend and former colleague, Greg Schmidt. Greg served as Secretary of the Senate under four Senate Pro Tems: Senators Lockyer, Burton, Perata, and Steinberg. He retired in 2014.