Top Engineer and Safety Experts Scheduled to Testify Before Energy Committee
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
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
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.