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Senator Hurtado to Speaker Pelosi: Make Congressman Costa Chair of House Agriculture Committee

November 23, 2020

On behalf of the residents of the 14th State Senate District in California, I write to urge you to select Congressman Jim Costa to be the next Chair of the Agriculture Committee in the United States House of Representatives. 

As you are well aware, California is the top agricultural producing state in the nation. The district I represent in the State Senate has three of the top five most productive agriculture counties in California: Fresno, Kern, and Tulare — with Fresno being the most productive. 

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Senator Hurtado Seeks New Legislative Ideas From Central Valley Residents

November 18, 2020

The people of Senate District 14 face daily challenges and this is the time for us to find solutions to the problems of our community. I invite the residents of Senate District 14 (which includes communities in Kings, Fresno, Kern, and Tulare Counties) to submit budget requests or ideas for state legislation. Act now because we are looking for your proposals by Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

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Senator Hurtado Releases Statement on Recent State Report on California’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Program

November 16, 2020

The LAO report sheds a small glimpse of light on the injustices to poor, farm-working communities in my district. The humble, hard-working men and women of the Valley risk their lives to feed the world. In return, Sacramento and Washington D.C. have disproportionately failed them with inadequate resources and broken policies that further increase their cost of water and put their health at risk. It’s well past time to eliminate bureaucratic delay and help provide these communities with clean drinking water. 

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Senator Melissa Hurtado to Hold Informational Hearings to Examine Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 16, 2020

Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services, will host two informational hearings on the effects of COVID-19 today and tomorrow.  On Monday the committee will examine how foster care is being impacted by the pandemic and on Tuesday it will study the status of food assistance for vulnerable populations during COVID-19. 

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Senator Melissa Hurtado to Host National Podcast on Asthma

October 12, 2020

Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), in partnership with Women In Government, a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators, released a podcast on Type 2 Inflammation in Asthma today. This new podcast, found here, will uncover how atopic, allergic, and inflammatory diseases like asthma affect our families and communities.

In the Media

Hurtado makes splash as Newsom signs water bill

September 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO — Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) secured Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature on legislation that will speed the permit process for low-income Central Valley communities to deliver clean drinking water for residents. 

The bill, Senate Bill 974, exempts new water projects that serve small, rural communities from some provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The exemption allows low-income communities to find relief for the expensive and exhaustive permit process to produce water wells and related projects.

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Hurtado Makes Big Splash as Governor Signs Critical Water Bill

September 29, 2020

(SACRAMENTO, CA) Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) secured Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature yesterday on legislation that will speed the permit process for low-income Central Valley communities to deliver clean drinking water for residents. The bill, Senate Bill 974, exempts new water projects that serve small, rural communities from some provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The exemption allows low-income communities to find relief for the expensive and exhaustive permit process to produce water wells and related projects.

In the Media

Valley Public Radio: State Senator Questions Medical Board About Its Handling Of Bakersfield Doctor After Patient Deaths

September 1, 2020

A San Joaquin Valley legislator is seeking answers from the Medical Board of California as to why the oversight agency allowed a Bakersfield doctor to remain in practice even though it determined he had been negligent with patients.

Obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Arthur Park has been associated with the deaths of at least seven mothers and babies during childbirth, according to public documents. He’s also been the subject of at least two investigations by the state medical board, and has been a defendant in at least 10 malpractice or personal injury lawsuits.

In the Media

The Sun: Calif. Assembly kills Friant-Kern Canal funding bill

August 31, 2020

A bill that would have provided the necessary funds to fix the sagging Friant-Kern Canal was killed by the state legislature on Thursday. 

State Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) introduced SB 559 to the legislature in February 2019, but the Assembly Appropriations Committee stuck it in the suspense file since August of last year, delaying its consideration to the 2020 legislative session. 

In the Media

ABC 30: New bill would create statewide office of suicide prevention to help reduce CA suicide rates

August 26, 2020

State Senator Melissa Hurtado of Sanger is joining Ramos in urging the governor and Legislature to back AB 2112. They say millions of residents would benefit from support and prevention strategies that are not currently in place.