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Sen. Carol Liu Announces Release of GREEN21 Website

July 14, 2015

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Sen. Carol Liu Announces Report on Alternative Fuel and Active Transportation Options in 25th District

April 22, 2015
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January 14th, 2015 916-651-4025

Los Angeles County – Senator Carol Liu (D- La Cañada Flintridge) is


March 16, 2015

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February 11, 2015

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Senator Liu Introduces Bill to Help Working Californians

December 04, 2014

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Latest In The News

Audit calls for overhaul of school Medi-Cal programs

September 02, 2015

August 26, 2015
Tom Chorneau
The Cabinet Report

A complex and bureaucratic program used to reimburse schools for medical services to low-income students should be streamlined as part of a broader restructuring of the system, the state auditor has recommended.

The services, which include a wide variety of activities performed by school nurses, speech pathologists, counselors and psychologists – are paid for through Medi-Cal, California’s version of the federal Medicaid program.

High School Exit Exam May be Suspended Immediately

July 31, 2015

July 1, 2015
Sarah Tully, EdSource

The California High School Exit Exam may be suspended immediately, possibly letting off the hook thousands of seniors who need to pass it to graduate this year, under a bill passed by a legislative committee.

Report Raises Water Quality Fears

July 30, 2015

“'Government agencies, the public in general and residents living near well sites need to know in detail about the presence of dangerous chemicals mixed in water used in fracking and then pumped to the surface as byproducts,' Sen. Fran Pavley said in a statement.

"The potential for contamination linked to fracking, according to the report, demands that the state conduct more thorough studies in order to close significant data gaps.

State Senate votes to end California high school exit test

June 12, 2015

The last test for California high school seniors is one step closer to elimination.


The state Senate voted yesterday to suspend the California High School Exit Exam for three years, starting in 2016-17 through 2018-19, and lift the requirement for all high school students to pass the test as a condition for graduation.

SB499 requires school districts to evaluate teachers using multiple measures plus classroom reviews

June 12, 2015

California lawmakers narrowly approved anti-racial-profiling legislation ordering unprecedented data collection on police stops, as they grapple with how to reduce tensions between law enforcement and minority communities.

Latest In My Own Words

2015 Annual Legislative Day at Pasadena City College

August 10, 2015

<Presented at PCC’s April 2015 Annual Legislative Day>  Thanks for the chance to talk about the opportunities and challenges that face higher education.

PCC, like all of our Community Colleges, plays a vital role in both workforce development and providing a ladder of opportunity for high school students to succeed at the college and university level. To honor California’s promise of affordable, high-quality post-secondary education for all high school graduates and adults, we have to lower the barriers, particularly for our neediest students.

Education Update Presentation, LA Chamber

June 17, 2015

<Presented at May 2015 LA Chamber Meeting>  This is a particularly busy time for the Legislature.  We are digesting the Governor’s May Revise Budget and pushing our bills out of the Appropriations Committee, we hope, and through the first house to meet our June deadlines.

Community Schools Presentation, CV Alliance Board Meeting

January 29, 2015

<Presented at December 2014 CV Alliance Meeting>   I am excited to focus on one of my top priorities — Community Schools.  Community schools are a strategy for aligning the resources of an entire community to support student success.  Community schools strategies are part of a growing national movement that is having a real impact on improving conditions for student learning, strengthening families, and building healthier communities.

State of the State, December 2014

January 28, 2015

I would like to update you on activities in Sacramento and the 25th Senate District.  As you know, we concluded the 2013/2014 legislative session at the end of August.  The Legislature rounded off the year by passing a new water bond, bills to manage the state’s groundwater, a measure banning single-use plastic bags, and a $330 million film tax credit to support in-state filming.

California continues to work its way out of the great recession.

End of Year Update, December 2014

January 28, 2015

The elections are behind us; many good members returned to office and some promising new ones took seats in the Assembly and the Senate.  The new members were sworn in December 1st.  The Legislature reconvened to begin regular business on January 5th.