Press Releases

Appropriation to Fund Statewide Collaborative Model Addressing Civic Engagement Disparities for Low-Income Youth and Families

April 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), along with her colleagues, will meet during the Senate Budget Subcommittee 3 on Health and Human Services this Thursday, April 11th. Among the topic of issues is a onetime appropriation ask, requested by Senator Melissa Hurtado. The request includes a $12 million appropriation in the 2019 Budget Act for the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) and Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center (MLKJFC)’s Youth and Family Civic Engagement Initiative.

April 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Bill 559 (SB 559), authored by Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate District in California, and principal co-authored by Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), and Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), today advanced through the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water by 7 - 0 vote.

April 8, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) today issued the following statement on infrastructure rehabilitation needs at Corcoran State Prison:  

“As released in this year’s state budget, I applaud Governor Gavin Newsom’s commitment to invest in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s maintenance projects. However, the current state of the Central Valley’s prison and public safety infrastructure conditions demonstrate the longtime need for immediate attention.  

April 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Under bipartisan support, Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) legislation to ensure disadvantage unincorporated communities are eligible to receive implementation funding from the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) program advanced through the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Quality.

Better Access to Asthma Treatment, Health Coverage, and Teen Suicide Prevention Advance to Senate Appropriation Committee

April 3, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) legislative packet on expanding health services proceeded through the Senate Health Committee. The bills, SB 207, SB 260 and SB 331, will move onto the Appropriations Committee.  

 

Restoring Water Supply in the Central Valley

March 1, 2019

PORTERVILLE, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate District in California, along with principal co-authors Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), and Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), today announced the introduction of Senate Bill 559.  The bipartisan supported legislation will secure California’s water supply by investing $400 million in general funds towards the Friant-Kern Canal, one of the Central Valley’s most critical water delivery facilities.

February 20, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), along with principal co-author Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and co-author Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), introduced SB 331, legislation that emphasizes a more proactive approach on preventing suicides. The bill will require that all California counties develop a suicide prevention plan while focusing on the staggering rise in deaths among adolescents.

February 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) issued the following statement on T-Mobile US selecting the Central Valley area as the third of five new Customer Experience Centers in the nation, pending the close of their merger with Sprint Corporation:  

February 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s State of the State speech:

For too long, the Central Valley has been underrepresented and underappreciated - resulting in families who have experienced poverty-stricken conditions. However, today’s State of the State speech by Governor Gavin Newsom demonstrates his enthusiasm to collaborate across the state. I am beyond excited that he has highlighted our communities and recognizes that an investment in the Central Valley, is an investment for all of California.

February 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) introduced legislation to help Californians keep health coverage during life transitions.  

SB 260 will require health plans and insurers to give consumers who lose their coverage for any reason notices of the availability of Medi-Cal and Covered California coverage. The bill will also make it easier for Covered California to reach out to consumers, who have lost their coverage to help minimize gaps in their coverage.