Press Releases

Effort to improve turnout by focusing on convenience and efficiency

April 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, State Senator Henry Stern presented his first bill, SB 286 on the Senate floor. The legislation aims to increase voter turnout and reduce the cost of elections. It passed the Senate on a 28-12 bi-partisan vote.

SB 286 will allow voters who misplace or do not receive their vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots to cast a regular ballot if it is certified that the ballot has not already been received.

Committees vote unanimously in favor of legislation to promote justice for victims of child sexual abuse and human trafficking

April 18, 2017

(Sacramento) – A set of public safety initiatives by State Senator Henry Stern are moving forward in the Legislature after receiving unanimous approval in their first committee hearings today.

SB 57 (Stern) moves forward after testimony from safety experts and community residents

April 4, 2017

 

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee today voted in favor of Senate Bill 57 an urgency measure by State Senator Henry Stern to stop the reopening of the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility until state regulators have completed an investigation to determine the root cause of the massive methane leak which took months to plug and displaced more than 8,000 families from their homes.

Senate Government and Finance Committee Votes Unanimously in Favor

March 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Government and Finance Committee voted with unanimous, bi-partisan support for Senate Bill 683, a measure by State Senator Henry Stern to require the state's annual budget be made available to the public in a downloadable, spreadsheet format.

Top Engineer and Safety Experts Scheduled to Testify Before Energy Committee

March 20, 2017

The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee will hear testimony and vote on Senate Bill 57 on Tuesday, March 21st.  The hearing comes after weeks of delay since the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee voted 7-2 in favor of the urgency measure.

Students Provide Input on Civic Engagement in Person and Through Video Testimony

March 20, 2017

 

Participants in the first California State Senate Elections Committee hearing held at a high school shared their success stories on youth civic engagement with an audience of about 200 high school and college students and others on Friday, March 17.  Hundreds of students around the state also watched a live stream of the event and provided video testimony.

Event to Explore New Ways to Boost Civic Engagement Among Young Californians

March 10, 2017

WHAT:  Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee Informational Hearing 

WHEN:  Friday, March 17, 2017, 1-3 p.m.

WHERE:  Reseda High School, 18230 Kittridge St., Reseda

Community members are invited to attend and participate in the first in a series of official hearings to help shape policies to improve civic engagement and youth voter turnout in California.

ACA 10 Seeks to Instill Voting Habit Early and Encourage Voter Participation

March 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee, introduced an amendment to the state constitution today that would lower the voting age from 18 to 17 in California. Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 10 is co-authored by a bipartisan group of California Millennial Caucus members.

Addresses California’s Structural Teacher Shortage

March 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO - State Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) announced he and Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) jointly introduced Senate Bill 807, the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017, which helps new teachers afford required training and exempts teaching income from California income tax for those who teach in public school classrooms beyond five years.  California would become the first state in the nation that excludes teaching income from state income taxes.

Measures to protect public health, the environment and scientific integrity

February 23, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate leadership unveiled the Preserve California legislative package to insulate the state from dangerous rollbacks in federal environmental regulations and public health protections.