Welcome to my legislative website. It is continuously updated so that you can stay informed about my activities as the representative for the 26th Senate District.

It is an honor to have this opportunity to serve my community. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns that you may have with the district—or with your state government.

I hope that you find this website informative and that you return regularly to see what is happening in our community.

Holly Mitchell 
Representing the 26th District

Latest Press Releases

New law makes criminal background exemptions in foster care placements accessible

August 22, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — Governor Brown has signed into law a bill, authored by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), which will permit the California Department of Social Services (DSS) to share criminal history exemption information of foster care providers with county child welfare agencies.

Nurse assistant applicants with rap sheets to get fresh chance – Governor willing

August 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — As students, caregivers and others who seek to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs) but have a disqualifying past criminal conviction wait hopefully, Governor Brown will shortly receive a measure from California’s Legislature to allow consideration of evidence of rehabilitation that could allow them to enter one of California’s most needed health care careers.  The Legislature has approved SB 1384, sending the bill, authored by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), to the Governor, who has until the end of September to decide whether to sign it into law.

Latest In My Own Words

SF Chronicle: It's a crime to automatically deny nursing certification

August 06, 2014

by Holly Mitchell and Natalie Lyons

The story of poverty in America is told by women and children. Nearly 70 percent of those who live on the economic fringes are young or female. Almost half of today's families rely on the mother's income. Yet so many women are shut out of jobs for one reason: They have a criminal conviction.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/It-s-a-crime-to-automati...

Op-Ed: After Hobby Lobby, California Must Take a Stand for Women’s Health

August 04, 2014

by Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Women in California need and deserve comprehensive, state-of-the-art contraceptive coverage that ensures timely access to the birth control method that is best for them and their particular reproductive goals and medical needs.  Denying access to a birth control method of choice undermines women’s human right to reproductive autonomy and increases the risk of unintended pregnancy.

Latest In the News

LA Times: Lawmakers seek to reduce crack cocaine sentences to those of powder

August 22, 2014

The state Senate gave final legislative approval Thursday to a bill that would reduce the penalties for the sale of crack cocaine to the same levels for powdered cocaine, addressing concern that the sentencing disparity harms minority communities.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-lawmakers-seek-to-reduce...

LA Times: Social workers can now check if foster parents have criminal pasts

August 22, 2014

In response to a series of scandals involving mistreatment of children under state supervision, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law new rules giving county social workers access to the criminal histories of foster parents and employees at foster care contractors before abused and neglected children are placed in their care.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-la-foster-parents-criminal-past...