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SACRAMENTO, CA – A legislative measure to give incarcerated people in California new religious protections was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom this weekend, according to the bill’s author, Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose).

The California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today celebrated Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent enactment of SB 309 and SB 461.  

SB 309: Protecting Religious Rights in Carceral Facilities   

Religious protections for incarcerated people across California will be enhanced following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s approval last week of legislation allowing inmates to practice religious clothing, headwear and grooming traditions.

While Melanie’s Law awaits approval from Gov. Gavin Newsom, Cupertino and Sunnyvale school districts are getting a jump on educating students and their parents about the dangers of Fentanyl.

Years of advocacy paid off on Saturday for the people whose work keeps the California Legislature functioning. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he signed into law a bill that will allow them to form a union. The measure covers staff for lawmakers and committees, sergeants and other support personnel.

The governor on Friday signed Senate Bill 432, proposed by Sen. Dave Cortese, a San Jose Democrat, ensuring retired teachers will have legal protection against penalties arising from errors made by the California State Teachers' Retirement System or CalSTRS.

A bill seeking to protect the monthly benefits of retired public school teachers is set to become law after receiving approval from Gov. Gavin Newsom.