Press Releases

March 12, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Numerous cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease 2019 have been reported in California, including a Fresno County man who tested positive but is now in recovery. To take action and prepare for COVID-19 the California Department of Public Health recommends:

February 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA –Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) today recognized Veronica Garibay and Phoebe Seaton for their environmental stewardship in California. Garibay and Seaton were awarded the James Irvine Award which recognizes leaders advancing innovative solutions to critical issues facing California. Both have contributed effective solutions in career readiness, civic engagement, and environmental justice.

February 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) released the statement regarding the Porterville library fire:

“Last night, the community of Porterville experienced a fire at the local library which resulted in the loss of two brave firefighters. Today, I’m joining the southern Central Valley, Senate District – 14 and all of California in mourning with the families and those who have been impacted by this tragedy.

February 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – This week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) legislation, SB 207. The bill, coauthored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) will simplify the process for voters updating specified personal information or party preference in the two weeks prior to and including Election Day.

SB 207 is the first bill this year to be delivered to Governor Gavin Newsom

February 6, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) legislation, SB 207, which would simplify the process for voters updating specified personal information or party preference in the two weeks prior to and including Election Day, passed through the Senate Floor. The bill, coauthored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), received bipartisan support with a 28-9 vote – moving the bill to the Governor’s desk.

Kern County Board of Supervisors Hold Public Meeting to Discuss California’s New Oil and Gas Initiatives

January 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) issued the following statement on today’s Kern County Board of Supervisors’ meeting regarding California’s new oil and gas initiatives:  

January 10, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020 – 2021 budget proposal:  

Additional Hire Includes Jacob Villagomez as District Director

January 8, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – State Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate District in California, which includes cities in Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties, is pleased to announce that Shery Yang has joined the office as California’s State Capitol’s first Hmong Chief of Staff. Under the direction of the Senator, the Chief of Staff is responsible for directing, coordinating and supervising the daily and long-term operations of the Senator’s office, including Capitol, District and Committee staff.

November 22, 2019

Fresno, CA – Health care leaders, state legislators and medical professionals from across the region gathered in Fresno on Friday to highlight two new programs that have already directed more than $110 million in state tobacco fee revenues across the state which specifically help improve access to health care in the Central Valley. With 30 percent of the statewide award going to the Central Valley, UCSF – Fresno will be receiving $2.8 million for 15 residency slots. Meanwhile, the City of Fresno is expected to receive a total of $4.4 million for 22 positions.

November 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – State Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate District in California, which includes cities in Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties, launched the inaugural 2019 Hurtado Holiday Baby Formula and Infant Nutrition Drive, in partnership with Central California Food Bank and the California Association of Food Banks. The drive addresses the need to tackle the southern Central Valley’s child food insecurity rate, which currently sits at almost 25 percent in Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties.