Press Releases

August 14, 2014

Sacramento – A bill co-authored by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) to put on November’s ballot a water bond measure needed for drought relief has been passed by the Legislature with broad, bipartisan support. If approved by voters, the bond would allocate $7.12 billion toward statewide water supply and management operations, including $10 million for the Baldwin Hills Conservancy in the 26th District.

August 07, 2014

SACRAMENTO: Legislation that will allow state and county child welfare agencies to share vital information necessary for the safe placement and monitoring of children in foster care earned the unanimous support of the State Assembly during a floor vote today. SB 1136, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), will permit the California Department of Social Services (DSS) to share criminal history exemption information of foster care providers with county child welfare agencies.

May 31, 2014

Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) appreciates the effort of supporters to pass SB 1132 and is proud of the bill's successful journey in raising awareness around public safety, fossil fuels and environmental justice.  Although the bill fell short of passage, she is confident that the movement to re-assess fracking, acidization and other oil stimulation methods will continue to grow until the public’s concerns are thoroughly addressed.

May 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — A measure to equalize penalties for illegal crack and powder cocaine has been approved by California’s Senate. Sentences for intent-to-sell crack convictions range from three to five years in current state law, but for powder only two to four years. Crack convictions in low income and minority communities are more common because crack is cheaper than powder. SB 1010 would eliminate the difference in sentencing, probation and asset forfeiture rules for low level powder and crack cocaine offenses.

May 22, 2014

“The cost-benefit analysis of fracking in California has just changed drastically. The costs to people, homes and the environment remain unacceptably high, but we now also know that the projected economic benefits are only a small fraction of what the oil industry has been touting."

May 01, 2014

Sacramento – The moratorium on fracking for oil in California, proposed in SB 1132 by Senators Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), continues its forward momentum in the state Legislature, passing on a 5-2 vote out of the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee. This is the second Senate committee to approve the bill, which earlier this month received a majority vote in the Natural Resources and Water Committee, and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

April 15, 2014

"The bus accident in Orland, CA last week which killed ten persons and injured dozens more, including California high school students and staff en route to Humboldt State University, is a tragedy that has left many of us stunned with grief."

April 09, 2014

Sacramento – SB 899, introduced by California state Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) to repeal the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule in the CalWORKs program, has moved passed its first legislative hurdle. On a party line vote of 3 – 2, the Senate Human Services Committee voted to send the bill forward for further legislative action. 

April 09, 2014

Sacramento – Senator Holly J. Mitchell’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to allow courts to authorize wiretaps for the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking passes out of the Senate Public Safety Committee with an 7-0 vote.  The bill, SB 955, now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery,” said Senator Mitchell, “The victims are frequently children of color and young women who have been forced into prostitution.  They need our help.” 

April 09, 2014

Sacramento – The Senate Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee passed Senator Holly J. Mitchell’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to protect patients signing up for medical credit cards offered by their medical providers.  SB 1256 requires physicians who offer medical credit cards to provide written clarification of the financing arrangement between the patient and the bank or lender, and prohibits physicians from offering the card while the patient is under general anesthesia.