Press Releases

May 17, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – This week, Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) entire legislative package advanced through Senate Suspense Appropriations. The bills, addressing preventative health services, health care coverage, access to clean water and economic development projects, will advance to the Senate Floor.

May 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) today issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement to invest $5.7 million to fund safer farming alternatives:

“In the Central Valley, we face many unique challenges compared to the rest of California. Not only do we lead the nation in agricultural production, but our most disadvantaged communities are also more likely to be impacted by public health concerns caused by poor air quality and lack of access to clean water.

April 11, 2019

On April 11, Senator Melissa Hurtado requested a onetime investment of $4.7 million for the California Immigrant Justice Fellowship program. The appropriation of funds is a direct investment in a legal fellows program that leverages the legal expertise of established service providers as a training ground for new attorneys, before they are placed with organizations in the most underserved regions in California, with ongoing mentorship and technical assistance.

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.