Press Releases

SACRAMENTO – Senator Steve Padilla (D-San Diego) introduced Senate Bill 619 yesterday, expanding the California Energy Commission’s authority to certify transmission projects and prioritizing those projects for the Commission.

SACRAMENTO – Senator Steve Padilla (D-San Diego) today introduced Senate Bill 583, creating the Salton Sea Conservancy, unifying the state’s efforts to accomplish necessary and overdue preservation projects, protecting residents’ health, and fostering ecological recovery in the area.

SACRAMENTO – Senator Steve Padilla (D-San Diego) today announced new legislation, Senate Bill 471, that would create a hiring tax credit for qualifying lithium recovery businesses, spurring local job creation, and stimulating green energy employment opportunities to the Salton Sea Region.

SACRAMENTO – Senator Steve Padilla (D-San Diego) announced this week that he introduced Senate Bill 418, a bill to establish the California Prison Redevelopment Commission. The Commission would explore creative methods of repurposing closed prisons into new ways to serve communities throughout California.

SACRAMENTO – Senator Steve Padilla (D-San Diego) announced today that he has introduced Senate Bill 352, a bill to create a formula that calculates a real living wage that a worker must make to afford basic housing in their region. California has one of the nation’s highest minimum wages at $15.50 per hour, but suffers some of the nation’s highest poverty rates due to high living expenses, primarily driven by housing and childcare costs. According to United Way of California’s Real Cost Measure, 1 in 3 households in California – over 3.5 million families – do not earn enough to make ends meet.