Welcome to Senator Maria Elena Durazo

  • Empowering workers will always be at the heart of what we do
  • On the Senate floor with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez presenting AB 5, which codifies landmark California Supreme Court decision to stop worker misclassification
  • During a special screening of Dora and the Lost City of Gold, community members from Senate District 24 were able to hold an Albino Burmese Python
  • Speaking to Fox40 in Sacramento about Health4All
  • At the NALEO Miami policy breakout sessions, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo and I featured best practices on raising the bar for immigrant workers
  • Humbled to receive the Women’s Foundation of California’s Visionary Award this year

News

October 07, 2019

 SACRAMENTO – Building on the state’s historic investment in two years of free community college and substantial state budget investments that allowed the University of California and the California State University to freeze tuition, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a series of bills into law last week focused on affordability, transparency and int

September 27, 2019

In Northeast Los Angeles, where rising rents and rising homelessness go hand in hand, a pair of bills passed recently in Sacramento attempt to tackle both. Assembly Bill (AB) 1482 would establish statewide rent control. AB 1197 would make it easier for developers to build housing for the homeless in Los Angeles.

September 25, 2019

When my son Junior was killed driving home from a funeral in October 2015, I felt I’d lost everything. At age 18, a senseless act of violence robbed my son of his bright future. I honestly didn’t see a reason to keep living.

Press Releases

May 14, 2021
Senator Durazo Responds to Governor Newsom's Revised Budget Proposal

Governor Newsom’s revised budget is a bold proposal that makes clear that recovery in California does not simply mean going back to normal. This past year has made crystal clear the deep inequities that exist across our state. The pandemic has shed new light on our workplaces, including pervasive wage theft, dangerous & unhealthy working conditions, lack of access to healthcare, and the right for working people to earn a good living. This budget will go a long way in stemming and reversing some of this generational damage.

April 21, 2021
Bill by Sens. Hueso and Durazo Prioritizes Workforce Development for Underserved Communities in Emergency and Climate Response

As California considers a COVID-19 recovery plan, state leaders have an opportunity to align economic and climate goals by prioritizing workforce development in the expanding green economy, all while targeting underserved communities throughout California. This is the goal of Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) and Senator Maria Elena Durazo’s (D-Los Angeles) bill SB 604, which was approved unanimously last week by the State Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water. 

April 20, 2021
Senator Durazo, Commissioner Lara’s Legislation to Protect Health and Safety of Immigrants in Private, For-Profit Detention Facilities and Prisons Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

Senator María Elena Durazo’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation that would require private, for-profit detention facilities and prisons operating in California to uphold basic health and safety standards for people being detained in these facilities was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill is sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, and the California Immigrant Policy Center.

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