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Steinberg Speaks on Mental Health Matters Day

May 13, 2014

Capitol’s Leading Mental Health Advocate Addresses Busting the Mental Health Stigma

(Sacramento) - The Capitol’s leading advocate for mental health reform spoke today at the Mental Health Matters Day Rally, which drew a crowd numbering in the hundreds to the south steps of the State Capitol. The rally brought attention to the importance of mental health treatment and increased awareness about mental health issues. Steinberg was among a variety of unique and interesting advocates to speak.

Democratic State Senators Double-Down on Political Reforms

May 09, 2014

Senators Steinberg and De León build on aggressive ethics package to invigorate cultural change in California’s Senate

Senate Committee Passes Constitutional Amendment to Allow Members to be Suspended Without Pay

May 06, 2014

(Sacramento) – A Constitutional Amendment that would allow each house of the Legislature to withhold pay and benefits of a lawmaker who is suspended has cleared its first legislative hurdle today with the approval of the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments. SCA 17 (Steinberg) was passed by a committee vote of 4 – 1.

Senate Education Panel Approves Straightforward Vision to Improve Kids’ Literacy Rates

April 30, 2014

Steinberg bill improves eyesight screening during crucial early childhood years

New PPIC poll shows tremendous public support for Senate Democratic education agenda

April 24, 2014

Californians want Universal Preschool and Career-Relevant Education

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.

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