Press Releases


SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 850 authored by Senator John Laird to ensure families of fallen officers receive their full survival benefits regardless of family structure.

SACRAMENTO - The Clean Energy, Jobs, and Affordability Act of 2022 (SB 1020) led by State Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) and jointly authored by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Senator Anna Caballero (D-Merced), and Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) is poised to pass the State Senate today on a 30 to 9 vote, and will head to Governor Gavin Newsom for his consideration once a final vote is tallied. SB 1020, which earlier passed the State Assembly by a 54 to 17 bipartisan vote, will ensure benchmarked accountability to ensure California reaches its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy use by 2045. 

Contact: Richard Stapler

SACRAMENTO, CA --  State Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) gave the following statement at the opening of the State Legislature’s Select Committee on Monkeypox:

“I would like to thank the Pro Tem for establishing this Select Committee on Monkeypox and my colleague from San Francisco for so doggedly pursuing answers and clarity on addressing this public health crisis.

June 30, 2022

Contact: Richard Stapler – 916 549 9630

SACRAMENTO – As the State Assembly and Senate are poised to finalize the 2022-23 state budget, State Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) and Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) announced they have secured $25 million to help finalize the purchase of Watsonville Community Hospital for the Pajaro Valley Healthcare District.

June 30, 2022

Contact: Richard Stapler – 916 549 9630

SACRAMENTO – State Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) announced over $60 million will be provided to address critical needs along California’s Central Coast.

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator John Laird announced that he has named Community Human Services (CHS) as Nonprofit of the Year for the 17th Senate District.

CHS is dedicated to providing high quality mental health, substance abuse and homeless services to Monterey County residents.