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Steinberg to introduce measure restricting commercial sale of students’ personal information

February 20, 2014

(Sacramento) – California’s Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D – Sacramento) plans to introduce the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) today. The bill proposes closing loopholes that can be exploited by Internet companies for profit through collecting and sharing students’ personal information obtained through online services marketed for school purposes.

Workers to be Protected from Exploitation under Steinberg Measure

January 30, 2014

Senate passes Bill targeting Unscrupulous Foreign Labor Contractors

(Sacramento, CA) – With strong bipartisan support, the California State Senate today passed a measure that would protect documented foreign workers from abuse and human trafficking by banning foreign labor contractors from charging workers recruitment fees and requiring full disclosure of employment conditions. The Senate vote on the measure was 34 - 0.

Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Invite Applications for California’s $250 Million Career Pathways Trust Grants

January 21, 2014

(SACRAMENTO) - California is taking the next major step to help keep more students in school and better prepare them for careers and well-paying jobs as schools and education agencies across the state can now apply for grants from the state’s new $250 million Career Pathways Trust fund. The request for applications for programs designed to build seamless pathways between schools, higher education and careers was announced today by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

Statement: Calif. Senate Leader on Drought Declaration

January 17, 2014

(Sacramento) – California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D – Sacramento) issues the following statement, whereby California’s drought conditions have resulted in a State of Emergency proclamation by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.:

“This bone-dry winter reminds us again that California’s water infrastructure is insufficient. Our lakes and rivers look bleak, including those that feed the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, upon which we are overly reliant as the sole solution to California’s water future.

Steinberg Writes Fed Court Urging 2-yr Extension of Prison Overcrowding Deadline

January 09, 2014

Senate Leader cites Gov’s Budget Commitment to Address CA’s “Revolving Prison Doors”

(Sacramento) – With the Governor proposing $209 million to fund recidivism reduction and re-entry programs to help keep criminal offenders from returning to prison once they’re released, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg is urging a federal court Three Judge Panel to grant a two-year extension of a pending deadline to reduce the state’s prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity.

Steinberg Statement on Governor’s Proposed 2014-15 State Budget

January 09, 2014

(Sacramento) – Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) is releasing the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2014-15 State Budget:

“After years of struggle to erase the state’s deficit, we all agree that it’s imperative to use much of our increased revenues to pump up the rainy day fund and to eliminate the debt from loans, bonds and delayed payments to our schools. I appreciate the Governor’s aggressive approach to more than double the reserve and pay down debt even more quickly than we had hoped.

Steinberg, Senate Democrats Introduce Kindergarten Readiness Act

January 07, 2014

SB 837 would make Transitional Kindergarten Available to All Four-Year-Olds in CA

(Sacramento) – In recognition that too many California children are missing out on the early education they need to succeed in school, Senate President Darrell Steinberg is introducing the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014, which will make one year of high quality, voluntary transitional kindergarten available to every four-year-old child in California.

Steinberg Announces Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grant Program

December 19, 2013

Law Enforcement, County and Mental Health Officials Show Support for Proposal to Reduce Crime, Curb Reoffending through Mental Health Programs

Sacramento) – With the goal of reducing crime in our communities and breaking the pattern of our jails and prisons being de facto mental health facilities, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg is announcing proposed legislation for a recidivism reduction program to focus on juvenile and adult offenders with mental illness.

Steinberg Joins State & National Experts for Career Pathways Forum

December 16, 2013

Pathways to Prosperity Institute Set for Tomorrow in Sacramento

(Sacramento) – With California leading the country in a commitment to expanding  linked learning and career-oriented curriculum for students, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg will join other state and national experts in a day long “Pathways to Prosperity Institute” in Sacramento tomorrow to help launch the new Career Pathways Trust competitive grant program.

Steinberg Statement on the Death of Nelson Mandela

December 05, 2013

(Sacramento) – Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) is issuing the following statement on the death of Nelson Mandela:

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