Press Releases

Statement: Holly Mitchell during budget vote: “Time to walk our talk!”

June 16, 2014

As the constitutional deadline for adopting California’s budget wound toward a close Sunday evening, freshman Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) cast her vote on the floor of the Senate, rising to make the following statement:

“Many of us stand on this floor and share our personal stories about humble beginnings...about our personal and professional commitment to children and working poor families.

Senator Mitchell’s SB 1132 Pushes Fracking Moratorium to Senate Floor

May 30, 2014

Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) appreciates the effort of supporters to pass SB 1132 and is proud of the bill's successful journey in raising awareness around public safety, fossil fuels and environmental justice.  Although the bill fell short of passage, she is confident that the movement to re-assess fracking, acidization and other oil stimulation methods will continue to grow until the public’s concerns are thoroughly addressed.

Holly Mitchell bill equalizing crack and powder cocaine penalties passes Senate

May 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — A measure to equalize penalties for illegal crack and powder cocaine has been approved by California’s Senate. Sentences for intent-to-sell crack convictions range from three to five years in current state law, but for powder only two to four years. Crack convictions in low income and minority communities are more common because crack is cheaper than powder. SB 1010 would eliminate the difference in sentencing, probation and asset forfeiture rules for low level powder and crack cocaine offenses.

Absent "gold rush of oil" Sen. Holly Mitchell’s Fracking Moratorium Bill Surges

May 22, 2014

“The cost-benefit analysis of fracking in California has just changed drastically. The costs to people, homes and the environment remain unacceptably high, but we now also know that the projected economic benefits are only a small fraction of what the oil industry has been touting."

Senator Holly Mitchell’s Fracking Moratorium Bill Steams Ahead

April 30, 2014

Sacramento – The moratorium on fracking for oil in California, proposed in SB 1132 by Senators Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), continues its forward momentum in the state Legislature, passing on a 5-2 vote out of the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee. This is the second Senate committee to approve the bill, which earlier this month received a majority vote in the Natural Resources and Water Committee, and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Statement: Senator Holly Mitchell Saddened by School Bus tragedy

April 14, 2014

"The bus accident in Orland, CA last week which killed ten persons and injured dozens more, including California high school students and staff en route to Humboldt State University, is a tragedy that has left many of us stunned with grief."

Holly J. Mitchell bill to repeal Family Aid cap moves ahead

April 08, 2014

Sacramento – SB 899, introduced by California state Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) to repeal the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule in the CalWORKs program, has moved passed its first legislative hurdle. On a party line vote of 3 – 2, the Senate Human Services Committee voted to send the bill forward for further legislative action. 

Bipartisan Support Moves Mitchell Bill Allowing Wiretaps in Sex Trafficking Cases

April 08, 2014

Sacramento – Senator Holly J. Mitchell’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to allow courts to authorize wiretaps for the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking passes out of the Senate Public Safety Committee with an 7-0 vote.  The bill, SB 955, now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery,” said Senator Mitchell, “The victims are frequently children of color and young women who have been forced into prostitution.  They need our help.” 

Holly Mitchell Bill to Protect Medical Credit Card Users Passes Senate Committee

April 08, 2014

Sacramento – The Senate Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee passed Senator Holly J. Mitchell’s (D-Los Angeles) bill to protect patients signing up for medical credit cards offered by their medical providers.  SB 1256 requires physicians who offer medical credit cards to provide written clarification of the financing arrangement between the patient and the bank or lender, and prohibits physicians from offering the card while the patient is under general anesthesia.    

Senator Holly Mitchell’s Fracking Moratorium bill moves forward

April 08, 2014

In the first effort this year to address the environmental justice concerns associated with fracking, a bill by Senators Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), which would impose a moratorium on the practice in California, has passed out of the Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee.