Press Releases

Senator Becker’s SB 1395 gives local governments the tools to fast track building interim housing and scale up efforts to bring people indoors and save lives 

Sacramento, CA—Today, the California State Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee approved the Interim Housing Act (SB 1395) authored by Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park). This bill addresses California’s housing and homeless needs by expanding access to interim housing on a statewide level. 

The California Artificial Intelligence Transparency Act protects consumers by giving them the ability to determine if materials have been generated by AI

SB 1223 defines neural data as sensitive personal information and applies the same protections in law over its use as other personal information

Sacramento, CA—Today the Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 1223, an innovative bill that applies consumer protections that are already in state law to an individual’s neural data authored by Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park). 

Sacramento, CA—Today the Senate Committee on Energy Utilities and Commerce advanced two pieces of companion legislation authored by Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park) that will foster a green hydrogen industry in California and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the industrial sector while avoiding further stresses to the electricity grid. These companion bills take a two-pronged approach to achieve this.

Sacramento, CA—Today the Senate Committee on Human Services voted unanimously SB 1307, authored by Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park). SB 1307 incentivizes employment in early childhood education by making early childhood education (ECE) workers eligible for state subsidized child care.

California is facing a shortage of ECE workers due to, in part, the high cost of childcare for ECE workers’ own children. Unaffordable childcare discourages many from joining or staying in the ECE workforce, further compounding its shortage. 

SJR 14 calls on Congress to close the tax loophole that allowed LA Dodgers player Shohei Ohtani to avoid paying approximately $90 million in state taxes.

SACRAMENTO, CA–Today the Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 14, authored by state Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park), which calls on Congress to close a loophole that allows Los Angeles Dodgers player Shohei Ohtani to potentially evade a $90 million in state taxes on his $700 million dollar contract by deferring his compensation.

 Sacramento, CA—Today, the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development passed SB 1206, authored by Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park). This bill would incentivize the creation of a first-of-its-kind battery manufacturing facility for next generation batteries in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which will create dependable, unionized manufacturing jobs and bring California closer to its clean energy goals. 

Sacramento, CA–Today Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park), Chair of Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy, issued the following statement on the Senate’s budget votes on April 11: