Press Releases

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.

February 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) introduced legislation to expand asthma preventive services to low-income families.

SB 207 would allow Medi-Cal reimbursement for asthma education and home trigger assessments that are provided by qualified, non-licensed professionals including community health workers. Moreover, the bill would increase financial support for environmental asthma trigger remediation in the home.

January 28, 2019

FRESNO, CA –Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) and Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) hosted a joint Community Swearing-In Ceremony at Carpenter Local 701 in Fresno, California on Friday, January 25. Newly elected to represent the 14th Senate district in California, Senator Hurtado welcomed more than 200 community members and local representatives to the event.

January 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate district in California, today announced her leadership team. Selecting Aaron Skaggs to serve as Chief of Staff, Skaggs formerly joined as the Campaign Manager under the Melissa Hurtado for Senate race. 

“Aaron’s diverse background in public policy, the legislative process and community relations make him the ideal leader to guide our team,” said Senator Hurtado. “I have seen firsthand the passion he has for serving the communities in the Central Valley. His sincerity towards working with the people of Central Valley combined with his years of experience is incredibly valuable. I’m honored to have him part of our leadership team,” stated Senator Hurtado. 
 

January 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) today issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget for fiscal year 2019-2020:

Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget is evidence of California’s commitment to continue fostering an economy that creates opportunities for upward mobility. As chair for the Human Services Committee, I am thrilled to hear the Governor highlight issues that I wholeheartedly believe are vital for communities in the Central Valley and throughout California.
 

January 7, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th State Senate District, was assigned as Chair of the Human Services Committee for the 2019 – 2020 Legislative session. As an advocate in the Central Valley for growing opportunities in upward mobility, Senator Hurtado will guide the committee on issues including child welfare services, CalWorks, developmental disability services and more. 

Recently announced by California Senate President pro Tempore, Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Senator Hurtado has also been designated to the Health, Veterans Affairs, Budget and Fiscal Review, and Governance and Finance Committee. Moreover, the Senator was appointed to join other legislative colleagues in overseeing the Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services.