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

September 12, 2019

California worker bill
California State Senator Maria Elena Durazo says the bill she co-authored is meant to stop companies from taking advantage of vulnerable workers, by classifying certain independent contractors as employees. 

July 15, 2019

LOS ANGELES—All over America, and in cities abroad, people revolted by the images of small children locked up in cages by the Donald Trump administration gathered Friday, July 12, to lift high their “Lights for Liberty.” Perhaps never before in our nation’s history has the Lady of the Lamp in New York’s harbor needed so much extra wattage to hel

July 02, 2019

The Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review authored AB 101, which provides for statutory changes needed to enact the housing and homelessness-related provisions of the Budget Act of 2019.

Press Releases

February 09, 2021
Senator Durazo, Commissioner Lara Introduce Legislation to Protect Health and Safety of Immigrants in Private, For-Profit Detention Facilities and Prisons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights 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.

January 08, 2021
Senator Durazo Responds to Governor Newsom's Proposed Budget

LOS ANGELES - In response to Governor Newsom's proposed state budget released this morning, Senator María Elena Durazo issued the following statement:

February 24, 2020
Sen. María Elena Durazo Introduces Bill to Provide Housing Protections that Ensure Safety of All Violent Crime Victims

SACRAMENTO – Last week, State Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) today introduced Senate Bill 1190, which would enable all victims of violent crimes and their families to terminate a lease without penalty within 180 days of the crime having occurred.

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