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Thursday, April 18 2024

Sacramento, CA – This week, California Arts Advocates and California for the Arts honored Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) with the 2024 Legislative Art Star Award. The award was presented to the Senator in Sacramento in recognition of his leadership on SB 1116, the Equitable Payroll Fund and for being a long time champion of the arts community.

Thursday, April 18 2024

Burbank, CA – Earlier this month, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D-Burbank) and Burbank Housing Corporation (BHC) announced a $2 million allocation for affordable housing in the City of Burbank. The allocation was Senator Portantino’s budget request last year and was included in the 2023-2024 State Budget. The check was presented to BHC Executive Director Sylvia Moreno and Board President Chris Welker.

Monday, April 15 2024

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 1041, authored by Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank), passed the Senate Business, Professions, & Economic Development Committee today. The bill creates a pathway for foreign educated doctors to practice as physician assistants in California through a training program.

Thursday, 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.

Tuesday, 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 Soto is sponsoring the bill.