Press Releases

June 03, 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 19, 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 19, 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 15, 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 08, 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.

April 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Calling for students entering elementary school to get comprehensive eye exams by a physician, optometrist or ophthalmologist, Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) successfully made the case to the Senate Education Committee that schools and parents should know before reading instruction begins in first grade if a child has visual challenges: her bill to do that, SB 402, has been approved by the panel and continues forward toward enactment as law.

April 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —A measure to protect students from being relegated to less challenging mathematics classes – even though they meet the academic requirements for those courses – survived the scrutiny of its first legislative committee and has moved closer to becoming state law.

February 13, 2015

Says public trust requires a more open investigatory process when fatalities occur

Sacramento – Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) has introduced SB 227, a bill to prohibit the use of the criminal Grand Jury in cases of officer-involved shootings or in cases where excessive force used by an officer results in the death of a suspect.

January 07, 2015

Takes Health & Human Services gavel, remains in Senate Leadership

Sacramento – Following a sweeping victory in November’s election to represent California’s newly re-configured 30th Senate District, Holly J. Mitchell has been named Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services by Senate President pro tem Kevin De Léon for the 2015-16 session. Recognized as a fiscal expert on the state’s social services programs following a three year stint chairing the Assembly’s health and human services budget subcommittee during a period of severe cuts compelled by the economic downturn, Mitchell is also regarded as a staunch advocate for the poor, especially children.

December 02, 2014

Only African American in CA State Senate represents South L.A.

Sacramento – Holly J. Mitchell was sworn in to the state Senate Monday, following a sweeping victory in last month’s election to represent California’s newly re-configured 30th Senate District. First elected to the Senate more than a year ago to fill the 26th District seat vacated by Curren Price, now a Los Angeles city councilman, Mitchell now returns to the Legislature’s upper chamber for a full four year term.