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Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) has confirmed his full bill package for his first year serving in the State Legislature. The Senator, who was elected to serve District 15 in November of 2020, has introduced an ambitious set of bills to address the existential issues that Californians are currently faced with, from our climate crisis, to housing affordability, to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senator says his priorities stem from the policies and programs he has successfully championed in his District, with hopes to expand these concepts statewide.

WHAT: Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose), is available to discuss a new bill he has introduced, SB 739, the “Universal Basic Income for Transition Age Foster Youth Act”, which would provide direct cash assistance through a statewide universal basic income (UBI) Pilot Program for the approximately 3,000 youth who age out of Extended Foster Care in California each year.

Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced additions to the Governor’s proposed immediate budget action in the 2021-22 state budget. The agreement includes $9.6 billion in immediate relief for individuals, families, and small businesses most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) has introduced SB 435, the “Ending Online Sexual Trafficking and Exploitation Act”, the first bill of its kind in the nation to tackle online sexual exploitation and trafficking, giving victims, including children, more civil causes of action against the distribution of naked or sexual photographs and video.

Newly sworn-in Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) spoke at a Senate Hearing relating to the Audit of the State’s Employment Development Department’s (EDD) Performance and Management as thousands face delays in receiving their unemployment benefits.

S.B. 213 to provide presumptive eligibility for workers’ compensation for RNs and other health care workers who are injured on the job, including exposure to Covid-19

In response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, California Nurses Association (CNA) is pleased to cosponsor S.B. 213 (Cortese) to protect California’s frontline nurses and other health care workers by providing presumptive eligibility for workers’ compensation.

Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose) has introduced SB 300, The Sentencing Reform Act of 2021, to bring sweeping reforms to California’s “felony murder” and special circumstances law.

Right now, in California, there are people on death row and sentenced to die in prison who never killed anyone and never intended for anyone to die.

Senator Dave Cortese (D-Silicon Valley) made the following statement regarding the Senate’s vote on SB 91 today. This bill will extend the eviction moratorium in California through June 30, 2021 and distribute $2.6 billion in renter aid from the latest federal stimulus package.