Welcome to Senator Maria Elena Durazo
California provides money and other assistance to victims of violent crime, but the aid is available only to those who know to ask for it. Nearly 100 applications are denied each year because they’re filed late, perhaps because it took too long for victims to learn of the program, or perhaps because they were too busy dealing with the trauma or other consequences of the crime.
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.
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.
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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