Press Releases

Wednesday, April 26 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 42 passed the California State Senate today with unanimous support. SCR 42 commemorates the month of April as “Arab American Heritage Month” in California, and recognizes the important contributions of Arab Americans to our state.

Tuesday, April 25 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – A package of legislation aimed at assisting California Veterans and their families with reentry, education and access to social services cleared a major hurdle today in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The committee voted on Senate Bills 694, 747 and 776 respectively.

SB 374 Would Allow Department of Insurance to enforce MHPAEA standards

Monday, April 24 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California State Senate today passed Senate Bill (SB) 374 authored by Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), a measure to ensure all Californians are provided with mental health coverage.

Thursday, April 20 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Senate Bill (SB) 455, a measure related to pre-transfer status for military children, authored by Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), passed the Senate today with bipartisan unanimous support. SB 455 will allow all military families to benefit from pre-transfer enrollment by clarifying that children of military parents can transfer to any school district where they will be residing, so long as they provide proof of residence within 10 days of the prescribed date of the parent’s Permanent Change of Station order.

Thursday, April 6 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – On Thursday, April 6th Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 5, authored by Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) and Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) passed out of both houses of the Legislature. The measure will appear as a proposition on the next statewide election ballot, for citizen approval.  

Monday, March 27 2017

(BUENA PARK, CA) – On Saturday, March 25th, at a community celebration held at Buena Park’s Walter Ehlers Event Center Heritage Hall, Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) honored 15 extraordinary women who work or live in the 17 cities in California’s 29th Senate District and who are making a difference in their communities as this year’s honorees of Senate District 29’s 2017 “Women of the Year” Awards.

Monday, February 27 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – California State Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) today announced the introduction of his 2017-18 bill package. This introduction comes after all members of the legislature had a bill introduction deadline of February 17th.

Senator Newman released the following statement regarding his 2017-18 legislative bill package:

Denouncing the President's Executive Action on Immigration

Monday, January 30 2017

“I rise today as one of the joint authors of this resolution. Over the past few days, we've become familiar with a new phrase, "Extreme Vetting". As you might expect from America's first reality  television president, this is a clever bit of marketing, designed to suggest that the existing process for vetting prospective refugees was somehow deficient in the face of certain parties' systematic overhyping of the current threat, as some of my colleagues have already noted. By all objective accounts, this is far from true.

SCA 2 would require all future revenue raised by proposed transportation funding measures to be used for appropriate projects.

Wednesday, January 18 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, State Senator Josh Newman [D-Fullerton] introduced SCA 2, a measure to ensure that any future revenues passed by the Legislature to pay for road and highway maintenance will be spent exclusively on vitally needed repairs and not for other projects or services.

The current need for repair on our roads both local and statewide is massive. At a statewide level, there is a backlog of deferred maintenance totaling approximately 137 billion dollars.

In addition to Chair, Senator Newman was nominated as a member of Business, Professions and Economic Development, Health, Human Services, and Insurance

Wednesday, December 21 2016

Today, State Senator Josh Newman [D-Fullerton] was nominated by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon as the new chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee for the 2017-2018 Regular Session.   

Senator Newman, a United States Army veteran, will be replacing Senator Jim Nielson [R-Gerber] as chair. His priorities as incoming chair include workforce development and greater accountability and oversight of existing programs.