Press Releases

Holly J. Mitchell bill to repeal Family Aid cap moves ahead

April 08, 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. 

Bipartisan Support Moves Mitchell Bill Allowing Wiretaps in Sex Trafficking Cases

April 08, 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.” 

Holly Mitchell Bill to Protect Medical Credit Card Users Passes Senate Committee

April 08, 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.    

Senator Holly Mitchell’s Fracking Moratorium bill moves forward

April 08, 2014

In the first effort this year to address the environmental justice concerns associated with fracking, a bill by Senators Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), which would impose a moratorium on the practice in California, has passed out of the Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee.

Mitchell Proposes Same Penalty for Crack as for Powder Cocaine

March 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-South Los Angeles) has introduced SB 1010 to set the same penalties for sale of crack cocaine as now apply to the equally illegal sale of powder cocaine. In current California law, sentences for intent-to-sell crack convictions range from three to five years, but for powder only two to four years. Because crack cocaine is cheaper than the powdered version, there are more crack convictions in low income and minority communities.

CA State Sen. Holly Mitchell to chair Select Committee on Women and Inequality

March 04, 2014

“Women have not shared equally in the emerging recovery,” noted Senator Mitchell, whose district includes much of South Los Angeles. “Recent budget actions have targeted programs that low-income women rely on to support their families and acquire the education and skills they need to find and retain jobs.”

CA State Sen. Holly Mitchell bill would impose moratorium on fracking & acidization

February 20, 2014

“There are a million Angelenos that live within a 5-mile radius of the largest urban oil field in the country,” said Senator Mitchell, whose predominantly minority district includes the Inglewood Oil Field.  “In my district vulnerable neighborhoods lie adjacent to drilling operations whose practices go largely unregulated.  Complaints that residents are exposed to hazardous chemicals and toxic pollutants and which cause all kinds of health symptoms have been ignored.  When industrial operations like fracking and acidization disproportionately impact minority communities, environmental justice has been breached and needs to be restored.  SB 1132 will do that.”

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell says OK to wiretap in youth sex traffic cases

February 06, 2014

“Our children are simply not for sale,” Mitchell said at a press conference held at the state Capitol to call for concerted state and county efforts to combat the illegal exploitation of youths for sex and labor. Senator Mitchell’s bill, SB 955, would add suspected trafficking of minors to the list of felony cases during which it is lawful for police to seek a judge’s permission to employ wiretaps.

Holly Mitchell Appointed to Senate’s Rules and Budget Committees

January 29, 2014

“Making sure that California’s full diversity in culture and experience is reflected in government practice is a charge of the Rules Committee that I take seriously and welcome. I’m grateful that President pro tem Steinberg and my new colleagues in the Senate have entrusted me with this important opportunity to serve.”

Holly J. Mitchell bill would repeal cap on Family Aid

January 14, 2014

Mitchell introduces 1st Senate bill, SB899, to allow CalWORKs increases when families grow

"The cap makes poverty worse by forcing families to spread meager resources even thinner," maintained Senator Mitchell, sworn into the Senate in September following a special election. Her district includes parts of south Los Angeles which have high CalWORKs caseloads. "In these hard times the state shouldn't insert itself into the private reproductive and medical decisions of low-income families just because they need basic assistance for their children."