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Immigrant Worker Protection Bills Head to Governor’s Desk

September 10, 2013

Steinberg Measures would Safeguard Workers from Threats, Intimidation and Exploitation

(Sacramento, CA) – Immigrant workers would be guarded from employer intimidation and exploitation under two measures which are now heading to the Governor’s desk. With strong bipartisan support, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg’s SB 666 and SB 516 passed the State Senate today with votes approving concurrence in State Assembly amendments.

Legislative Leaders, Governor Agree on Prison Population Reduction Proposal

September 09, 2013

(Sacramento) – Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, Governor Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker John Perez, Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff and Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway have reached agreement on a proposal for a more durable and comprehensive approach to resolve the current prison overcrowding crisis. In order to implement the plan, the Governor and four legislative leaders are jointly requesting the federal court Three Judge Panel to grant modification of the current December 31 deadline to reach 137.5 percent capacity in state prisons.

Steinberg to Move Forward with CEQA Modernization Bill with Final Amendments

September 06, 2013

(Sacramento) – Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg has agreed to significant amendments to address traffic issues and other concerns of the business community over his measure to modernize and streamline the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Senate Bill 731.

Legislature Approves Extension of Autism Insurance Mandate

September 06, 2013

Governor to consider extending the coverage of behavioral health treatment by private insurance health plans

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – A bill to extend the sunset of a California law that requires private insurance health plans to cover behavioral health treatment was approved by the California Senate today, on a unanimous and bi-partisan vote of 38-0. Senate Bill 126, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), now heads to the Governor for his consideration.

Senate passes bill to improve “5150” mental health treatment

September 06, 2013

Governor to consider measure that helps remove crisis mental healthcare from jails and ERs

(Sacramento, CA) – California’s State Senate today approved a bill that gives counties broader options for treating individuals suffering under a 72-hour involuntary commitment order (commonly called a “5150”) for severe mental illness. Senate Bill 364, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, passed the Senate on a bi-partisan vote of 38 – 0, and heads to the Governor’s desk for his consideration.

Prisons Overcrowding: Independent analysis of proposals

September 04, 2013

The non-partisan Legislative Analysts’ Office’s (LAO) assessment of the competing proposals to deliver the court ordered “durable remedy” to California’s prison overcrowding crisis is attached.

Scrutinizing the Governor’s plan, the LAO noted:

1. California would need to spend even more money on even more prison cells again in 2015

Steinberg Leads Bipartisan Coalition in CEQA Streamlining Measure for Sacramento Sports and Entertainment Complex

August 30, 2013

(Sacramento) – A bipartisan delegation of Greater Sacramento state legislators led by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg is authoring a measure to expedite construction of a Sacramento sports and entertainment complex which will create thousands of high-wage construction jobs and generate billions of dollars in economic activity for the Sacramento region.

Flood Protection Bill Approved by Legislature, Heads to Governor’s Desk

August 30, 2013

(Sacramento, CA) – Sacramento-area property owners received a reassuring vote from the California State Senate today with the approval of a bill that delivers stronger flood protection for the 300,000 residents estimated to be in the direct path of a serious flood in and around the city. Senate Bill 753, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D – Sacramento), was approved on a 32 – 6 bipartisan vote to concur with Assembly amendments. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for his consideration.

Steinberg Announces Proposal to Reach Prison Accord & Resolve Prison Overcrowding Crisis

August 28, 2013

(Sacramento, CA) – California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg and the Senate Democratic Caucus have unveiled a proposal to end the federal litigation over California’s prison overcrowding crisis. Senator Steinberg outlined his solution in a letter to both the Governor and the plaintiffs in the cases that led to the federal Three Judge Panel’s order to further reduce California’s prison population by the end of this year.

STATEMENT: California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg on Governor’s proposal to increase prison capacity

August 27, 2013

ADVISORY: Senate Democratic Caucus to present durable solution to prison overcrowding at Wednesday press conference

(Sacramento, CA) – California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg issues the following statement in response to the California Governor’s proposal to spend over $700 million on increased prison capacity:

“I agree with the Governor’s goal to prevent the early releases of any prisoners. Along with my caucus, I do not and will not support early releases.

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