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SENATOR HANCOCK CONDEMNS CITIZENS UNITED SUPREME COURT DECISION ON ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY & CALLS FOR ACTION TO OVERTURN

January 21, 2015

Sacramento – Senator Loni Hancock today called for action to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on its 5th anniversary (January 21, 2015).

“Today marks a sad day in American history,” she said.  “The Supreme Court decision undermines American democracy by allowing corporations – including foreign corporations – to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence American election campaigns, without having it publicly reported.”

STATEMENT BY SENATOR HANCOCK ON THE OIL REFINERY SAFETY BILL, SB 1300

September 16, 2014

SB 1300 leaves untouched existing law regarding access to public records concerning oil companies. If a member of the public has concerns about an oil company -- safety, procedures, explosions, pricing, management, unethical or illegal behavior, etc. -- this bill will not affect existing access to that information.

 

LEGISLATURE PASSES FAR-REACHING OIL REFINERY SAFETY BILL

August 29, 2014

Sacramento – A bill requiring oil companies to provide new and detailed information about the operation of their refineries so that state regulators can conduct more effective inspections passed the Legislature this evening.

OAKLAND SMALL BUSINESS HONORED BY CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE TODAY

June 16, 2014

Sacramento – An innovative Oakland company, GoldieBlox, was selected today as “Small Business of the Year” for 2014 in the 9th Senate District by the California Legislature at an Awards Luncheon in Sacramento.  The event was attended by more than 70 legislators.

The company was nominated for the award by Senator Loni Hancock, who represents the district, which includes all of Alameda and parts of Contra Costa counties.  Joining Senator Hancock at the luncheon was Jan Hanson, Chief Operating and Financial Officer of the company.

MAJOR REFORM OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN CA PRISONS PASSES STATE SENATE

May 29, 2014

Sacramento – Last night, the State Senate passed SB 892, a bill by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) to revise and reform solitary confinement conditions and procedures in California’s prisons on a bi-partisan vote of 25-11.  The bill now goes to the State Assembly for consideration.

“Isolating large numbers of inmates for long periods of time is an expensive and deeply troubling practice that undermines effective rehabilitation and long-term public safety,” Senator Hancock said.  “Tonight’s Senate vote is the first step in overhauling a failed system.”