Press Releases

October 01, 2013

South L.A. workshops planned to answer questions about eligibility and benefits

Los Angeles -- Enrollment in health care insurance established nationwide by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) opened October 1st and Senator Holly J. Mitchell (SD 26 – Los Angeles) is urging all Californians who lack adequate health coverage to sign up.

September 26, 2013

First African American woman in CA State Senate in 12 years

Sacramento – Former Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell was sworn in to the state Senate following her overwhelming victory in last week’s special election in California’s 26th Senate District.

September 11, 2013

Sacramento -- Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell’s bill, AB 1133, to require that priority be given to a foster parent who is a nurse authorized to provide in-home medical services via Medi-Cal’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Program when determining the placement of foster children with special health care needs, is headed to the Governor’s desk after passing the Senate on a unanimous vote.

September 11, 2013

Sacramento -- Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell’s bill, AB 309, to allow unaccompanied homeless youth – those not under the care of a parent or guardian – to obtain CalFresh food benefits, has been signed into law by the Governor and goes into effect January 1st.

September 09, 2013

Holly Mitchell measure will let some inmates “learn-to-earn” shorter sentences

Sacramento -- Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell’s bill, AB 624, to allow counties to give their sheriffs and corrections directors authority to award inmates time credits toward reduced sentences for classes taken to improve employability, literacy or social skills has been signed into law by Governor Brown after passing the Senate on a 48 to 21 vote.

August 28, 2013

AB 271 would lift cap on CalWORKs aid to families when a baby is born

August 09, 2013

AB 506, which would allow a social worker to order an HIV test for an infant in temporary or full custody of the courts, when a parent or guardian is unavailable to provide consent, has been sent to the Governor's desk. Introduced in the Assembly by Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the bill passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support.

August 02, 2013

Sacramento - Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell's bill to repeal the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule in the CalWORKs program, AB 271, has been declared a priority by California's Democratic Party (CDP), as it awaits action in the state 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 aid, in which case current law does not allow additional assistance despite increased need.

July 16, 2013

SACRAMENTO – July 16, 2013 – The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) today strongly urged demonstrators protesting the not guilty verdicts handed down by a Sanford, Florida jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting death trial to express themselves in a peaceful, nonviolent manner that respects the rights, freedoms and quality of life of California's residents, business owners and neighborhoods.