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Friday, September 14 2018

The numbers associated with public education in California are truly immense. Nearly 10 million students, the vast majority of them children, attend kindergartens, elementary schools, high schools and colleges supported by upwards of $100 billion from taxpayers each year. The bottom line rationale is producing new generations of Californians who are creative, productive and civic-minded. SB 328, carried by Sen. Anthony Portantino, a Democrat from La Canada Flintridge, requires, with few exceptions, middle and high schools to begin classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Friday, September 7 2018

We all know a teenager who is nearly impossible to get out of bed in the morning. And research provides some relatively simple answers why: Sleep cycles make it hard for teenagers to fall asleep before 11 p.m. — and that does not leave them enough time to get a full night’s rest before school starts the next morning.

Friday, September 7 2018

Sacramento, California – The California State Legislature has passed the following 18 bills authored by Senator Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) and are now on the Governor’s desk waiting approval.

SB 25 “Ballot Order”

SB 275 “Young Adults Treatment Recovery Act”

SB 328 “School Start Time”

SB 354 “IEPs”

SB 399 “Autism”

SB 419 “Harassment Retaliation”

SB 502 “Public Rails AEDs”

SB 746 “Firearms: Ammunition and Dealer Inspection”

SB 939 “Claims Against the State: Appropriation”

Thursday, September 6 2018

California legislators passed a dozen new restrictions on gun purchases and access in the waning hours of this year’s legislative session, amassing what is likely to be the most ambitious effort by any state to combat mass shootings and suicides using firearms.

“Listening to the Stoneman Douglas students and the parents, there was a plea there for us to step up,” said state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D).

Tuesday, September 4 2018

A two-year battle to set middle and high school start times at 8:30 a.m. or later was finally put to bed in the Legislature when the measure squeaked through Friday night. 

Last year, Senate Bill 328 by Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) failed to pass the Assembly by 15 votes. Since then, the bill was amended to exempt rural school districts in order to accommodate farming needs.