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Sen. Hancock issues statement on Oakland City Council vote on pending coal-terminal project

June 28, 2016

Staff report recommended city not approve dirty exports

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, issued the following statement after today’s vote by the Oakland City Council on a pending coal-export terminal in West Oakland:

 “Kudos to the Oakland City Council for having the courage to do what’s right to help protect the health and long-term environmental goals California has worked so hard to achieve.”

Hancock is author of a package of bills written to halt the coal terminal and others like it.

Sen. Hancock bills responding to proposed Oakland coal-export project pass first Assembly policy panels

June 27, 2016

Pair of anti-coal measures pass separate reviews

SACRAMENTO – Two key Assembly policy committees today passed separate measures by Sen. Loni Hancock to halt plans that would allow Oakland to become the largest coal exporter on the West Coast and ensure that the state does not fund future coal exports.

Key Assembly safety panel OKs Sen. Hancock bill prohibiting high-capacity gun magazines

June 14, 2016

Senate Bill 1446 passes

SACRAMENTO – Three days after the worst mass shooting in American history, the Assembly Public Safety Committee today approved a bill by Sen. Loni Hancock to prohibit the possession of any ammunition-holding device for an assault-style weapon that holds more than 10 rounds – known as "high-capacity magazines."

GUEST PRESS RELEASE: Public health experts highlight risks of coal trains

June 14, 2016

Community leaders ask Oakland Council to vote NO on coal in light of experts’ findings                                                                               

OAKLAND, Calif. – A public health experts panel today released the results of an independent inquiry ( into the health and safety hazards of the proposal to ship coal through Oakland.

Senate approves bill restricting taxpayer funding for Oakland-style coal projects

June 02, 2016

Second anti-coal measure advances

SACRAMENTO – For the second time in two days, the California Senate approved a bill by Sen. Loni Hancock to block projects like the one that threatens to make Oakland the largest coal exporter on the West Coast.

Senate OKs Sen. Hancock bill requiring environmental impact review for Oakland coal-export project

June 01, 2016

Next stop for Oakland anti-coal: Assembly

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today approved and sent to the Assembly a proposed law by Sen. Loni Hancock to increase environmental reviews for a plan that would allow Oakland to become the largest coal exporter on the West Coast.

Sen. Loni Hancock talks about the need for her gun-safety bill, which passed the Senate today.

May 19, 2016

Watch, listen to Sen. Loni Hancock D-Oakland, talk about the need for Senate Bill 1446, which would ban the possession of high-capacity ammo clips and passed the Senate today, HERE:

An excerpt:

Oakland-area survey shows overwhelming opposition to proposed coal-export terminal

April 28, 2016

Survey conducted February through April

OAKLAND – A recent survey completed by more than 5,000 constituents shows that Oakland residents are overwhelmingly opposed to a Utah-supported plan to build a coal-export terminal in Oakland to ship coal to China and other Asian countries.

Results from the six-question survey by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, found that 92 percent of respondents oppose a pending Oakland coal terminal, and 96 percent of respondents do not believe public funding should be used to pay for the project.  

Sen. Loni Hancock introduces Piedmont students at California State Senate

April 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO (April 28, 2016) -- Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, recognizes fourth-grade students and teachers Elaine Holt and Martin Lewis from Wildwood Elementary School in Piedmont, a city in the northern area of Hancock’s district, during Senate Floor ceremonies. “They’re here to see Democracy in action,” Hancock said.