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Thursday, October 17 2019

Sacramento, California – SB 172 became the third important gun safety measure authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom this year.  

Tuesday, October 15 2019

Sacramento, California–Senator Anthony J. Portantino’s (D–La Cañada Flintridge) bill SB 600 has been signed by the Governor. This valuable legislation ensures health insurance coverage for cancer patients and others fighting disease who want the option to protect their fertility. Senator Portantino has been endeavoring for over a decade to solve this public health issue to help patients have fertility options. As a father, this issue has long been a passion for the Senator. 

Monday, October 14 2019

Sacramento, California Our Kids win today as State Senator Anthony J. Portantinos (D – La Cañada Flintridge) school start time bill SB 328 has been signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. California will become the first state in the country to mandate that high schools and middle schools start later in the morning.  The bill is based on over three decades of research on teen health, sleep patterns and brain chemistry.  SB 328 seeks to align school start times with the biology of teens. Overwhelming research shows that when the school day starts later, our children are significantly healthier and perform better in school.  The California PTA sponsored and supported SB 328.  While pediatricians and researchers from across the country united behind the bill, it faced stiff opposition.  That opposition led to a veto from Gov. Brown last year.  This year, Gov. Newsom appropriately saw things differently and put our children’s health and welfare at the forefront of education policy.

Sunday, October 13 2019

SACRAMENTO — In the last round of legislative action in 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law that will evaluate school lockdown drills.

The bi-partisan bill, SB 541, by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge)  will require the California Department of Education to report on the use of existing lockdown drills in K-12 public schools.

It’s a step in the right direction to ensure students, teachers and staff are prepared for other dangers besides fire, says Bates.


Sunday, October 13 2019

Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D- La Canada Flintridge) announced early Sunday morning that SB 7, the “final nail in the coffin” for plans for a 710 freeway extension in Pasadena, has been signed by Governor Newsom.

The bill is the legislative outcome culminating of over 20 years of dedication the Senator brought to fighting the 710 Freeway extension and to helping stakeholders in the 710 corridor.

The Governor, appropriately, signed SB 7 after other bills dealing with the corridor.