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Bill to Strengthen Ballot Initiative System Approved by Legislative Panel

April 22, 2014

(Sacramento) - A bill that would bring greater transparency to California’s century-old ballot initiative system was approved today by lawmakers on the State Senate’s Elections Committee. The Ballot Initiative Transparency Act, SB1253, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D – Sacramento) was approved on a 4-to-1 vote and moves forward to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Field Poll shows huge Latino support for California preschool proposal

April 21, 2014

Senate Democratic proposal a huge investment in public education, where Latinos comprise majority of enrolled kids

Field Poll shows landslide support for Senate Democratic universal preschool proposal

April 18, 2014

Steinberg bill proves popular with California voters

(Sacramento, CA) – A Field Poll released this morning revealed that four-in-five registered California voters believe it is either somewhat or very important to make publicly supported preschool available to all four-year old children. Fifty-seven percent of registered voters feel that the projected cost of implementing universal preschool in California is worth the investment. Support is exceptionally strong among Latino and African American communities.

Senate leader proposes permanent sources of funding for sustainable affordable housing and mass transit

April 14, 2014

Formidable coalition backs the long-term investment plan for clean infrastructure that promises smart growth, jobs, to meet California’s landmark climate goals

(Sacramento, CA) – Two months after a speech that provoked a firestorm debate on the best way to move California’s climate strategy forward, California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg today presented a long-term investment strategy for projected Cap-and-Trade revenues, to further California’s pursuit of its landmark greenhouse gas reduction goals.

“A Fair Start” Legislation for Universal Pre-Kindergarten, Preschool passes Senate Committee

April 09, 2014

(Sacramento) – With research clearly showing that high quality early childhood education leads to increased student achievement and stronger economic competitiveness in the future, two measures to give all California children a fair start through expanded pre-kindergarten and preschool have been approved today by the State Senate’s Education Committee.

Senate Approves Suspension of Yee, Calderon, Wright

March 28, 2014

(Sacramento) – With strong bipartisan support, the California State Senate has voted to suspend three of its members who are facing criminal charges in three separate cases. Senators Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) and Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) have been suspended with the passage today of Senate Resolution 38 (Steinberg) by a vote of 28 – one. Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) is issuing the following statement:

California's Asian-American Groups Support Equal Opportunity

March 21, 2014

(Sacramento)In contrast to misinformation from conservative and out-of-state groups, members of California's Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities are uniting to better inform California's debate on efforts to improve access to higher education in California for every student, especially for qualified students that succeed in the face of ongoing discrimination and a lack of resources.

Steinberg Statement on SCA 5

March 17, 2014

(Sacramento) – Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) is issuing the following statement on Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 which by request of the author, Senator Ed Hernandez (D- West Covina), is being returned to the Senate from the Assembly:

“We need a calm and intelligent discussion about what Affirmative Action is and is not. Affirmative Action is not quotas. I am deeply concerned anytime one ethnic group turns on another.

Steinberg, Lara and De León Announce Package of Bills to Upgrade Public Service Accountability Rules

March 06, 2014

(Sacramento) – California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today announced The California Accountability in Public Service, or CAPS Act – a package of three bills aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in political practices, including banning gifts from lobbyists.

Steinberg Select Committee to Review Law Mandating Private Insurance Coverage of Autism Treatment

March 03, 2014

(Sacramento) - Twenty months after California’s mandate went into effect requiring private insurers to cover treatment for those with autism, the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders will hold an informational hearing tomorrow to examine the implementation of the law.

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