Press Releases

Daniel Alvarez elected Secretary of the California State Senate

August 29, 2014

(Sacramento) – Daniel Alvarez was unanimously elected Secretary of the California State Senate this evening, effective October 16, 2014. The Secretary of the Senate is one of the three officers of the Senate elected by the total Membership. The serving Secretary of Senate, Gregory Schmidt, is retiring after 18 years at the helm.

Ballot Initiative Transparency Act Heads to Governor

August 29, 2014

(Sacramento) – The Senate approved a measure to strengthen the ballot initiative process with bipartisan support in both the Senate and the Assembly. The Ballot Initiative Transparency Act, SB-1253 authored by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, will increase public participation during the initiative process and provide greater information to voters on proposed initiatives. The measure passed the Senate on a 28 to 9 vote and now heads to the Governor for his consideration.

Immigrant Worker Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

August 27, 2014

First of its kind law would serve as national model, advocates say

Visionary Bill Sent to Governor

August 27, 2014

Eyesight Screening Would Improve Kids’ Literacy Rates

California Student Privacy Bill Fills National Void, Heads to Governor

August 26, 2014

(Sacramento) - California’s Senate sent a first-in-the-nation privacy measure to the desk of California’s Governor this evening on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 36 to 0. Senate Bill 1177, the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) authored by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, prohibits using kids’ personal information for profit.

“This trailblazing bill fosters innovation and protects kids’ privacy and we’ve proven that these dual goals can be complimentary,” said Senator Steinberg (D – Sacramento).

Assembly Passes Measure to Strengthen Ballot Initiative Process

August 27, 2014

(Sacramento) – California’s Assembly approved a measure to strengthen the ballot initiative process this morning, on a vote of 47 to 23 The Ballot Initiative Transparency Act, SB-1253 authored by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, will increase public participation during the initiative process and provide greater information to voters on proposed initiatives. The measure heads to the Senate for concurrence.

Assembly Passes Steinberg Bill to Improve Early Childhood Eyesight

August 25, 2014

Eyesight Screening Legislation a Straightforward Vision for Improving Kids’ Literacy Rates

First-in-the-Nation Student Privacy Bill Approved by Calif. Assembly

August 25, 2014

(Sacramento) - California’s Assembly today approved a first-in-the-nation online privacy measure, authored by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, which prohibits uses of student personal information for profit. Senate Bill 1177, the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA), passed unanimously on a 71-0 vote and heads back to the Senate for concurrence.

California Announces Legislation to Aid Undocumented and Unaccompanied Children

August 21, 2014

(Sacramento) – California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg was joined by Senate Democratic colleagues from the Legislative Latino Caucus at a Capitol press conference today to announce a package of legislation to aid undocumented and unaccompanied children, as the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border shifts to California’s court system.

STATEMENT: Senate Leader Steinberg on the Water Bond

August 13, 2014

(Sacramento) – California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg issued the following statement, after a strong bipartisan coalition in the state legislature approved $7.12 billion in new bonds for water infrastructure, as the state weathers relentless drought conditions:

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