Press Releases

January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020


SACRAMENTO- California Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Chair, Holly J. Mitchell, issued statement in response to Governor Newsom's proposed budget: 


December 20, 2019




California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed landmark legislation introduced by Senator Holly J. Mitchell that addresses the inequities of maternal care for black mothers and infants.


Senate Bill 464, the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act, requires implicit bias training for perinatal providers involved in services at hospitals and birth centers.


It also requires the Department of Public Health to track and publish data on maternal mortality rates and pregnancy-related conditions.


October 29, 2019

What a year! My community, the 30th Senate District, was the inspiration behind my legislative package this year, which reflects my commitment to address housing discrimination, economic inequity, and bias in health access. 

It has been an incredible year with all of my bills that made it to the governor's desk signed into law. Team Mitchell now has 80 laws on the books! These bills focus on improving human services, expanding access to healthcare, defending the civil rights of minorities and the undocumented while reducing the numbers of children growing up in poverty. I look forward to continuing our work on issues related to criminal justice and administrative fees and home health programs in the New Year.

September 13, 2019

This past 2018-2019 legislative session I focused on health and economic justice with an emphasis on equity and access. My legislative package is reflective of my commitment to address housing discrimination, economic inequity, and bias in health access. It has been a very successful legislative year with the majority of my bills below having already been signed or waiting on the governor's signature. I am looking forward to continuing our work on SB 555, SB 144 and SB 361 into to the new year.

September 12, 2019

As California’s unhoused population increases, Senate Bill 329 would level the playing field for renters who need the most assistance. With rising rent, lack of affordable housing, this bill protects Californians who use housing vouchers from discrimination by landlords.

September 12, 2019
Black women in the US are more likely to die in childbirth. Although California's rate of maternal mortality has decreased since 2006, 700 women still die each year from childbirth, according to the CDC. Of those who die in labor, 21% are Black women even though they only make up 5% of the childbirth cohort. “Black women do deserve better,” Senator Holly J. Mitchel said in the Assembly Health Committee in June, “When we recognize that the Black maternal mortality rate is 4-times higher of other racial groups that is why the bill is before you today.”
August 12, 2019

Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement after Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, the acting director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced at a press conference that the rule would go into effect in 60 days:


July 15, 2019

The Second Hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Social Determinants of Children’s Well-Being Engages Fresno Community on Healthcare Workforce Shortage and Conditions in the Valley that Harm Children

Fresno, CA (July 15, 2019) – The bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Social Determinants of Children’s Well-Being today held its second of six public hearings on the social determinants of children’s health to investigate the conditions that negatively impact California children into adulthood and hear recommendations to improve life outcomes.

June 21, 2019

Link to original Guest Press Release HERE:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Tuesday, bipartisan legislation to protect Californians, especially children, from jewelry tainted with highly toxic heavy metals sailed through a key committee.

The Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee unanimously passed SB 647, the Safe Jewelry Act, sending the legislation to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

June 20, 2019

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell explains during a Senate Floor vote today why improving 911 system is “the responsible thing to do.”