Press Releases


SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), along with Senate Budget Chair Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Senate Budget Subcommittee Chairs Anna M. Caballero (D-Salinas), María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), and Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), announced the Senate’s budget proposal to build a post-pandemic economy that extends prosperity for Californians and invests resources to address the state’s most pressing needs in innovative and equitable ways.

SB 390 will require the EDD to establish and routinely revise a recession plan to increase the department’s efficiency during an economic downturn

From State Sen. John Laird (D-Santa Cruz):

“Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to address the joint hearing of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and the Assembly Committee on Insurance.

SACRAMENTO – Today, State Senator John Laird (D- Santa Cruz) introduced SB 272 that updates archaic gender specific pronouns referencing the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner. These outdated pronouns have been in statute for over sixty years, and do not reflect the department’s current leadership.

SACRAMENTO – The chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Sen. John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) made the following statement today on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s January budget proposal for 2021-22:

SACRAMENTO – State Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) announced his Senate Committee assignments, revealing a broad array of assignments. They are: