Event to Explore New Ways to Boost Civic Engagement Among Young Californians
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
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
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
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.
“Our legislative agenda is not driven by Trump mania. We are tuning out the noise and focusing on what matters most: creating jobs that can't be outsourced, preserving our environment, protecting our communities, and empowering the next generation of Californians,” said Senator Stern.
This includes legislation to close loopholes in laws governing sexual assault, edible marijuana, and human trafficking.
Testimony from Local Residents and Public Safety Experts Results in 7-2 Vote in Favor
SACRAMENTO – The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee today voted 7-2 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 four months to plug and displaced more than 8,000 families from their homes.
Legislation Would Put Hotline Info in Hotels and Allow Victims and Witnesses to Text for Assistance
(Sacramento) – In the wake of a major human trafficking sweep in Los Angelesyielding474 arrests and identifying at least 55 survivors, State Senator Henry Stern introduced legislation supported by a coalition of human trafficking groups, to expand access to hotline services.
By: Henry Stern and Kathryn Barger
What caused the blowout at Aliso Canyon discovered in October 2015? Fifteen months later, we still don’t know.
And yet, without any answers as to why that well failed, state regulators and the Southern California Gas Co. are poised to re-open the natural-gas storage field in February, with the tired threat of blackouts hanging over our heads.
In the News
The Signal - Santa Clarita Valley
State Sen. Henry Stern on Monday announced a proposal to “double down” on clean-energy storage in Southern California, a move he said would be a step toward limiting reliance on natural gas and other fossil fuels, and toward safeguarding ratepayers.
Sen. Henry Stern touts efforts today as a "boost for ratepayer protection and grid reliability" in the wake of the Porter Ranch gas leak
LOS ANGELES - Today, State Senator Henry Stern announced a legislative proposal to accelerate a new round of clean energy storage projects in Southern California.
In response to the Aliso Canyon gas blowout in Porter Ranch, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) expedited the approval and construction of about 100 MW of clean energy storage projects in Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric territories.