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California law protecting student personal information is a breakthrough for internet privacy rights

September 29, 2014

(Sacramento) - California leads the nation in protecting student privacy, with a first-in-the-nation measure authored by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, and signed into law by Governor Brown today. Senate Bill 1177, the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) prohibits companies from using personal information harvested from students through online education technologies for any purpose, other than the purpose for which it was originally collected.

Vision-screening to Expand in California Elementary Schools

September 30, 2014

Senate Leader’s eyesight-screening bill signed into law

(Sacramento) – A bill signed into law today may identify thousands of school children who are not learning to read because they can’t see the page, by ensuring that near-vision screening in schools happens at a critical time in the child’s learning and development. Senate Bill 1172, authored by California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg and signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., expands current policy where districts only provide screening for long-distance vision.

Bill to Promote Civics Literacy in Schools Becomes Law

September 19, 2014

SB 897 requires government, civic engagement, and voting information be distributed to adult learners

(Sacramento) – California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a measure authored by California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, which will strengthen civic learning in adult education programs and encourage a statewide review of high school civics education standards.

The American Dream Protected by California’s First-In-The-Nation Law for Foreign-Born Workers

September 29, 2014

(Sacramento) – Under a law authored by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg and signed yesterday by Governor Brown, California’s foreign-born workers will receive new protections from unscrupulous foreign labor contractors. The law is responsive to incidents where contractors charge workers exorbitant recruitment fees and offer false salary promises, but subject those workers to squalid living conditions and huge debts that they cannot repay.

Bill to Promote Civics Literacy in Schools Becomes Law

September 19, 2014

SB 897 requires government, civic engagement, and voting information be distributed to adult learners

(Sacramento) – California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a measure authored by California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, which will strengthen civic learning in adult education programs and encourage a statewide review of high school civics education standards.

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).

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