Press Releases

Tuesday, June 13 2017

Sacramento, CA – In his inaugural term as a California State Senator, Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) has successfully secured several victories for the people of Senate District 29 in this year’s State Budget bill.  Public safety, schools, the environment, and local veterans were Newman’s top priorities for SD 29, in negotiations with the Governor’s office.

The following funding items were secured by Newman, who serves as Chair of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee:

Wednesday, May 31 2017

Sacramento, CA – A bill to allow parents to continue to choose which school district to send their children to has passed the State Senate on a 36-1 vote. Senate Bill (SB) 52 extends the sunset date for the School District of Choice program to July of 2022. The program is set to end in July of this year.

Tuesday, May 30 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill (SB) 503, authored by Senator Josh Newman, passed the State Senate today with no opposition. The measure will allow taxpayers to continue to voluntarily contribute to a dozen tax check-off programs. The measure also extends the sunset date for the “Keep Arts in Schools” Fund to July 2022.

Thursday, May 25 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) was elected Chair of the San Gabriel Valley Legislative Caucus. He will succeed outgoing Chair, Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) who will now serve as Vice-Chair.

Monday, May 22 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill (SB) 442, passed out of the Senate today with unanimous support. The bill authored by Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), aims to update the existing “Swimming Pool Safety Act” of 1996 to require at least two of seven safety devices specified by the Act. The bill would also require home inspectors to ensure pool or spa areas are equipped with two of the seven specified devices, at the point of sale. 

Amendment Would Preserve 12 Important Tax Check-Off Programs

Thursday, May 18 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill (SB) 503, authored by Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), unanimously passed the Senate Governance and Finance committee today with a critical amendment. The amendment would waive the required minimum contribution for one year for a dozen tax check-off programs, to ensure these programs appear on taxpayer’s 2017 returns.

Wednesday, May 3 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) –Senate Bill (SB) 715, an accountability measure that would specify the criterion for removal of board members from state regulatory boards authored by Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), passed the Senate today with bipartisan unanimous support. SB 715 would add failure to attend scheduled meetings to the list of reasons for which the Governor may remove one of his or her appointed board members from office.

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.