September 30, 2014

Sacramento – Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 270 which will phase out single-use plastic bags in the state of California.  The bill was joint authored by Senators Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach).  The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

September 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Enacting critical policies and procedures to change the way colleges prevent and treat sexual assault, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 967 (De León/Jackson). Known nationally as the yes-means-yes bill, SB 967 makes California the first state in the nation to define affirmative consent and require institutes of higher education to educate students about consent and sexual assault.

September 26, 2014

SACRAMENTO— With the September 30th bill signing deadline looming, education leaders are encouraging Governor Jerry Brown to combat sexual assault on college campuses by signing SB 967. With California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris officially declaring support for SB 967, all three segments of California’s public higher education system are now asking for the Governor’s signature.

September 18, 2014

Senator Kevin de León, Rev. Msgr. John Moretta, and L.A. City Councilmemer Jose Huizar and Boyle Heights/South East L.A. Residents

September 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Sending a powerful signal to other states and nations that Hollywood is here to stay, on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1839 extending and expanding the California Film and Television Tax Credit.

September 16, 2014

SB 967 Student Advocates

September 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Erasing the stain of Prop. 187, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 396 (De León). This legislation removes all unconstitutional provisions of Proposition 187 from our state laws and helps California move beyond this painful and harmful chapter in history.

“SB 396 closes a dark chapter in our state’s history, and brings dignity and respect to the national immigration debate. California is leading the country integrating immigrants into society and recognizing them as contributors to our economy,” said Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles).

August 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 270 (Padilla-De León-Lara) has passed both houses of the California State Legislature. The final Senate vote was 22-15.

“In crafting this compromise, our focus was on doing away with single-use plastic bags, changing consumer behavior, and importantly, supporting and expanding California jobs,” said Senate President pro Tempore-elect Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). “SB 270 is a win-win for the environment and for California workers.”

August 29, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Addressing the dangers posed by self-assembled, untraceable firearms—known as ghost guns—Senate Bill 808 (De León) passed both the Assembly and Senate, awaiting review by Governor Jerry Brown.

Legislation and Policy Chair, Amanda Wilcox, of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence commented, “It is essential that self-assembled or manufactured guns be regulated. Assembling rifles from “partial receivers” to evade the background check and record requirements threatens public safety. We applaud the legislature for addressing this problem.”