In The News

July 15, 2020

"I am proud to Chair the California State Senate Select Committee on California, Armenia and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange. California is the only state that I am aware of that has formalized an official cooperative effort of this significance.

May 26, 2020

While we cannot gather in person for our traditional Memorial Day Service, the City of San Marino has created a virtual ceremony to help us honor those who served and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

March 6, 2020

State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) wants students who have dyslexia to be diagnosed at an early age and introduced a bill in February to achieve that goal.

March 3, 2020

A proposed $5.5-billion bond measure from the California Senate aims to combat climate change by funding various environmental preservation and expansion projects throughout the state.

February 25, 2020

The state Department of Social Services and Attorney General Xavier Becerra are seeking an injunction that would prevent Altadena’s Summerkids camp  –  where 6-year-old Roxie Forbes drowned last June 28 – from reopening this summer.

Press Releases

April 11, 2024


Sacramento, CA – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) led efforts this week to submit a letter to the White House urging President Biden to address the exclusion of Armenian Americans from the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) checkbox in the U.S. census...

April 9, 2024

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 1128, authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) to combat human and sex trafficking and protect California’s youth from exploitation, was approved by the Senate Public Safety Committee today. Los Angeles City Attorney Hydee Feldstein...

April 3, 2024

Sacramento, CA – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) was honored by the Hemophilia Council of California as Legislator of the Year. The award was presented to the Senator in Sacramento during the organization’s Legislative Day, which also marked Bleeding Disorders...

March 21, 2024

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bills 971 and 997, authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank), passed the Senate Education Committee today. SB 971 would make higher education more affordable for low income refugees by exempting them from paying the nonresident tuition fee....

March 19, 2024

Sacramento, CA – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) was honored with the Cancer Policy Champion Award by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) California Chapter for authoring Senate Bill 987, a life-saving bill signed by Governor Newsom in 2022. SB 987 – the California...