Press Releases

November 12, 2019

SELMA, CA – State Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate District in California, which includes cities in Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties, hosted a water roundtable discussion with state and local leaders on Tuesday, November 12 in Selma, California. Attended by more than 65 partners, community members presented a southern Central Valley perspective on the impacts of limited access to clean drinking water and water supplies utilized for irrigation purposes.

Senate Bill 260, 453, & 490 to Expand Access to Healthcare Services & Hold Families Harmless for CalFresh County Over-Issuances

October 14, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) legislation, SB 260, 453, and 490, which will go into effect January 1, 2020.

Senate Bill 436 Helps Prevent Child Abuse While Building Community Awareness

October 2, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) legislation, SB 436, which would help prevent child abuse and neglect. The bill, which received bi-partisan support, will formalize Family Resource Centers (FRC) as a key delivery network of services and as conduits to strengthening families via family-centered, community-based and culturally sensitive services that include cross-system collaboration with the goal of helping to prevent child abuse and strengthen family connections.

September 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) legislations, Senate Bill 513 and 351. The bills will address expanding healthier access for communities in rural and unincorporated areas by providing relief for families without reliable access to water as well as ensure access to resources from the Transformative Climate Communities program.

September 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Last week, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) moved three additional bills to the Governor’s desk. The legislation, SB 351, SB 453 and SB 260 aims to provide unincorporated communities with access to implementation funding from the Transformative Climate Communities program, make it easier for older adults and people living with disabilities, as well as their families, to access support through additional funding, and help ensure Californians maintain health coverage.

September 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) legislation, SB 559, was extended into a two-year bill during its review in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill, which has received bipartisan support, helps secure California’s water supply by setting up a policy framework to invest in the Friant-Kern Canal, one of San Joaquin Valley’s most critical water deliver facilities.

September 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) and Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) today urged Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to make Senate Bill 1 a two year bill. SB 1 aims to prevent federal rollbacks on clean water and clean air standards is intended to protect workers, public health and vulnerable communities.

September 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) legislation, SB 331, was held by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill, which received bi-partisan support, would have required that all California counties develop a suicide prevention plan while focusing on the staggering rise in deaths among adolescents.

September 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Bill 513, authored by Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), is headed towards Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk for approval. The bill, which received bi-partisan support, will provide relief for families without reliable access to water by delivering a temporary alternative source of water supply.

Senate Bill 436 Helps Prevent Child Abuse While Building Community Awareness

September 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) legislation, SB 436, which would help prevent child abuse and neglect, is headed to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk. The bill, which received bi-partisan support, will formalize Family Resource Centers (FRC) as a key delivery network of services and as conduits to strengthening families via family-centered, community-based and culturally sensitive services that include cross-system collaboration.