Press Releases


Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein:

The Governor has approved legislation by Senator Dave Cortese that protects the monthly benefits of retired teachers, SB 432.

State Senator Dave Cortese joined parents, Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, and District Attorney Jeff Rosen to celebrate the legislative passage of the bipartisan bill known as “Melanie’s Law.” SB 10, which is awaiting approval by the Governor, focuses on preventing youth fentanyl overdoses through prevention, response, training, education, and awareness.


Allen Young

Press Secretary

Office of Senator Dave Cortese | District 15

The California Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 10 by Senator Dave Cortese today to prevent fentanyl overdoses in public schools. SB 10 is designed to provide educators and other school staff with the tools and knowledge necessary to save a child who overdoses on campus, making it a statutory requirement for schools to intervene in cases of opioid abuse and addiction.

The California Legislature passed Senator Dave Cortese’s Senate Bill (SB) 309 today, setting clear rules about religious clothing, headwear, and grooming for people being booked into prison or jail. SB 309 is rooted in research that shows when inmates can practice their religion while in detention, they're less likely to be violent or engage in other adverse behaviors. Maintenance of free exercise rights among incarcerated people also reduces the chances of recidivism.

The California Legislature passed Senator Cortese’s Senate Bill (SB) 553 today, a bill to protect workers from workplace violence. SB 553 requires employers to develop their own workplace violence prevention plans as part of their Cal/OSHA Injury Illness Prevention Plans. Employees must be informed of these plans and prepare accordingly. The Senate passed the bill on a concurrence vote on Tuesday and the bill advances to the Governor for his signature.

The California Legislature has passed a bill by Senator Dave Cortese to secure a statewide bargaining agreement for minor league baseball players. Senate Bill (SB) 332 ensures a historic collective bargaining agreement for minor league baseball, guaranteeing better wages and benefits for California’s 362 minor league players, such as housing, health care, and compensation, including in the regular season, Spring Training and the off-season.