News & Press Releases

In the News

Monday, April 23 2018

Key California lawmakers who shape education policy are questioning Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to dramatically overhaul how community colleges are funded. The proposal calls for tying some money to student outcomes, moving away from a model that funds colleges largely based on how many students they enroll.

“I think there are valid concerns on this whole thing,” said Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge), chair of Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education, during a Thursday hearing discussing Brown’s plan.

In the News

Thursday, April 19 2018

The effort to extend California's filming tax credit beyond its 2020 expiration date has passed a key government hurdle, moving the initiative closer to a vote by the state's legislative body.

On Wednesday, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee gave its stamp of approval to the bill, known as SB 832, which would extend the tax credit program by five years to 2025. The bill would keep the annual limit of new credits at its current level of $330 million.

In the News

Thursday, April 19 2018

The state Senate’s Public Safety Committee has passed SB 1100 authored by Pasadena-area state Sen. Anthony J. Portantino, D-La Canada-Flintridge.

The bill would prohibit anyone from making more than one firearm purchase within a 30-day period in California, and increases the age requirement for purchasing any firearm to 21 years.

Portantino said he was proud of Tuesday’s vote.

Press Release

Wednesday, April 18 2018

Sacramento, California – Today, SB 832 authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) and joint authored by Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and other members of the Senate passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. The bill proposes to extend and improve the current California Film and Television Tax Credit Program. This will enhance California’s successful entertainment business which brings thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic growth across California. 

In the News

Wednesday, April 18 2018

Monday, the California Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee passed SB 1126, the Arroyo Seco Tributary Legislation. The bill is now headed to the Senate Floor for a vote. SB 1126 is authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino, who represents Pasadena and Altadena, and proposes to include the Arroyo Seco Tributary in the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group plan.

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