Press Releases

Opportunity, services, training are both needs and success strategies for women

October 23, 2014

Los Angeles –Academics, service providers, organizational advocates and women who struggle with poverty, including residents of L.A.’s nearby skid row, gathered at the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles on October 22 to hear and offer testimony before the California Senate’s Select Committee on Women and Inequality.

Holly Mitchell bills on Medi-Cal, nursing, sex traffic, contraception become law

October 01, 2014

For 4th year in row Governor Brown signs all Mitchell bills sent to him

Sacramento – Affixing his signature to the last of the 12 bills sent to him by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) in 2014, Governor Brown once again sustained Mitchell’s 100% success rate for enactment of her passed legislation into state law.

Governor signs three Mitchell bills to combat sex trafficking

September 30, 2014

New laws beef up investigation and sentences, educate youths

Sacramento – Governor Brown has signed into law three Senate bills introduced by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) which promise to help reduce human trafficking for sexual and other kinds of exploitation, particularly of women and children.

New law eliminates different penalties for crack and powder cocaine violations

September 28, 2014

Governor signs Mitchell bill to end higher sentences for crack convictions

SACRAMENTO, CA — Governor Brown has chosen to end disparate sentencing for cocaine-related offenses in California by signing SB 1010, introduced by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), who argued that imposing stiffer fines and jail sentences for crack cocaine violations than for those involving powder cocaine unfairly set up the poor and minorities for harsher criminal penalties because crack is cheaper than the powdered form of the drug. Although studies show that cocaine has substantially the same effect on users in either form, heretofore crack-related convictions drew sentences ranging from three to five years under state law, but for powder only two to four years. When SB 1010 goes into effect in 2015 the differences in fines and probation, which have also favored those convicted of powder cocaine offenses, will be eliminated as well.

Mitchell bill, one of few to expand contraceptive rights, becomes law

September 26, 2014

Governor signs SB 1053 to mandate health plans cover all FDA-approved birth control methods

SACRAMENTO, CA — Governor Brown has signed into law a bill, authored by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), which assures that every Californian with a health insurance plan may obtain contraception without restrictions, delays or out of pocket costs.

New Law Promotes Access to Healthy Foods

September 26, 2014

SB 912 Continues Requirements for Healthy Food Options in State’s Vending Machines

SACRAMENTO, CA On September 25th Governor Jerry Brown helped solidify California’s commitment to ensuring access to healthy foods when he signed Senate Bill 912 into law. Authored by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the bill is co-sponsored by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), the California Center for Health Policy Advocacy (CCPHA), and the American Heart Association.

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.

Mitchell bill, one of few to expand contraceptive rights, heads to Governor

August 21, 2014

Sacramento – As efforts to restrict access to birth control have recently won ground across the nation, both through the courts and state legislatures, Senator Holly J. Mitchell [D-26] of Los Angeles has won the votes in California’s Legislature to send a bill to continue California’s long trend of expanding access to birth control to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, who has until September 30 to sign it into law or veto it.

Legislature passes Mitchell bill equalizing crack and powder cocaine penalties

August 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — California’s Legislature, after several previous failed attempts, is finally sending Governor Brown a bill by Senator Holly J. Mitchell that would equalize sentences and fines for intent-to-sell crack and powder cocaine convictions.

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