Press Releases

SB 1472 pushes criminal prosecution of extreme speeding, sideshows, street racing

September 29, 2022

Sacramento, CA. Street racers and extreme speeders will face stricter criminal
prosecution after Governor Newsom signed Senator Stern’s SB 1472 this week. Ryan’s Law
is named after Ryan Koeppel, a Tarzana teenager killed by a repeat extreme speeder taking
a left on August 6, 2020. A number of other residents in the southland and California have
been killed by criminally reckless drivers, including:

September 2, 2022

Sacramento, CA - On the final day of session, immediately following the passage of the
Governor’s Care Courts bill, the Legislature sent S enate B ill 1446 to the Governor’s desk,
offering a solution to the objections of disability rights and homelessness advocates that the Care
Courts proposal does not guarantee treatment or housing and will be offered to individuals with
severe behavioral health disorders.

SB 260 Stalls Out on the Final Hurdle before the Governor

September 2, 2022

Sacramento, CA - It is deeply troubling that Senate Bill 260 failed to make the Governor’s desk. SB
260 would have required American companies with more than one billion dollars of annual revenue that
operate in California to disclose specified emissions data.

AB 2133 Fails to Garner Assembly Support

September 2, 2022

Sacramento, CA - It was very disappointing that the clock struck midnight on September 1, 2022 and
Assembly Bill 2133 failed to garner 41 votes in the Assembly to head to the Governor’s desk for an
automatic signature as the Legislature tried to implement the Governor’s broad environmental vision. AB
2133 would have increased our current Greenhouse Gas ( reduction target from 40% to 55% by
2030, ensuring emissions are reduced to at least 55% below the 1990 level by no later tha n December 31,
2030.

August 23, 2022

Sacramento, CA- In a 73 to 0 vote, SB 1472: Ryan’s Law has now passed through both houses of the legislature without a single no vote in the process. The bill is now headed back to the Senate for a concurrence vote and then off to the Governor’s desk. As the perils of reckless driving and excessive speed become more and more evident, this bill’s passage comes as no surprise.

Expedited Removal of Dangerous Encino Avenue Bridge to Save over $10M for Gas Taxpayers Under Stern 2021 Bill Requiring Safer, Cleaner, Walkable, Bikeable Ways Over 101 at Louise Ave.

May 25, 2022

The Encino communities living by three dangerous bridges over the 101 Freeway will finally see some progress, as relentless advocacy prompted their State Senator, Henry Stern, to act.  As a result, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will announce tonight the expedited removal of the sagging Encino Avenue pedestrian overcrossing before Thanksgiving.

SB 1246 Passes Senate Governance and Finance Committee 4-0

May 5, 2022

Sacramento, CA- In a 4 to 0 vote, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee passed SB 1246 to make settlements from the Woolsey and Thomas fires nontaxable. Combined, both fires burned almost 380,000 acres of land in southern California, destroyed almost 3000 structures, and caused over $8 billion in damages. This vote marks a major victory for the thousands of people having lost homes, businesses, and possessions to these widespread tragedies.