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.

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.

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.

Assembly passes Holly Mitchell bill equalizing crack and powder cocaine penalties

August 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA —A version of measure to equalize penalties for illegal crack and powder cocaine has been approved by both chambers of California’s Legislature. 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.

Water Bond to Bring Millions for South L.A. Conservation Efforts

August 14, 2014

Sacramento – A bill co-authored by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) to put on November’s ballot a water bond measure needed for drought relief has been passed by the Legislature with broad, bipartisan support. If approved by voters, the bond would allocate $7.12 billion toward statewide water supply and management operations, including $10 million for the Baldwin Hills Conservancy in the 26th District.

Assembly Unanimously Supports New Protections for Foster Children

August 07, 2014

SACRAMENTO: Legislation that will allow state and county child welfare agencies to share vital information necessary for the safe placement and monitoring of children in foster care earned the unanimous support of the State Assembly during a floor vote today. SB 1136, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), will permit the California Department of Social Services (DSS) to share criminal history exemption information of foster care providers with county child welfare agencies.

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."

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