Press Releases

August 10, 2015

Sacramento — A measure to spare child witnesses from being required to give testimony in open court in criminal cases, has been signed into law by the Governor. As passed by the Legislature, with an effective date of the beginning of 2016, the bill extends to any potential witness aged 13 or younger, the same protection available under law to those child witnesses who cannot be required to testify in open court if they have been a victim of the crime under adjudication.

June 23, 2015

Statement by California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell

“As we open our hearts and offer condolences to those who are reeling from loss in the wake of the massacre at Emanuel AME, whose pastor was my South Carolina colleague State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney, we must renew our commitment and find the will, in memory of the dead and for the sake of the living, to bring to an end the spiral of violence that racial conflict evokes in this country.

June 22, 2015

Sacramento - Senator Holly J. Mitchell welcomed the 30th District’s 2015 Small Business Owner of the Year to the State Capitol, in an annual event which celebrates the achievements of entrepreneurs and innovators. This year’s honoree is handbag designer Onna Erlich, founder of, whom Senator Mitchell escorted, along with her husband/business partner Joel Bell and son James, onto the floor of the State Senate chamber to present her a Certificate of Commendation.

June 15, 2015

On the day of California’s constitutional deadline to adopt a budget, the Senate included recommendations from Budget Health and Human Services Subcommittee Chair Senator Holly J. Mitchell (SD 30 – Los Angeles) to increase funding for services for families living in poverty.

June 10, 2015

SCA 5 would assess commercial properties at their fair market value, provide tax relief for businesses and protect homeowners and renters

June 02, 2015

Sacramento – Senator Holly J. Mitchell's bill to repeal the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule in the CalWORKs program has been approved by the Senate. CalWORKs benefits are normally based, in part, on the number of family members in a household – except when a child is born into a family that is already receiving those benefits.

May 18, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In response to the Governor’s May Revise, State Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

“Children should not be forced to live in poverty. The Governor’s May Revise budget provides no additional help to lift children and families out of deep poverty despite an unexpected increase in state revenue of $6.7 billion.”

May 18, 2015

Sacramento — SB 629, a measure to correct an obsolete reference to the term “lynching” in California’s penal code by deleting it has been approved without dissent by California’s Senate.

May 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown will release his 2015-2016 revised spending proposal. State Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

“Revenue is surging. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has estimated that revenue for the full year could exceed estimates by more than $4 billion. The budget is not simply a math problem. Our hands are not tied. The Legislature has options to use a significant portion of the funds to meet human needs.

May 07, 2015

As national concern about police accountability grows so do doubts about grand jury process

Sacramento — A measure to prohibit the use of the criminal Grand Jury in cases of law officer-involved shootings or in cases where the alleged use of excessive force by an officer results in the death of a suspect has been approved by California’s Senate. The Senate floor vote was 23-12, largely along party lines, sending the bill, SB 227, to the Assembly.