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

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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