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Senate Approves California Tribal Court Enforcement Standards

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA – A bill by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to simplify and streamline the process by which California courts recognize and enforce tribal court money judgments passed out of the state Senate today with a unanimous vote.  The bill, SB 406, also known as the Tribal Court Civil Money Judgment Act, does not alter any rights under current law but creates a standard enforcement process for judgments rendered in sovereign tribal courts. 

Evans Responds to Governor’s State of the State Address

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) today issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s State of the State Address:

“Having chaired the 2009 Legislative Conference Committee on Budget, when we made vicious cuts to services to balance our state budget, I appreciate the Governor’s recognition of the hard work and sacrifices made by everyone to stabilize California’s economic future.

Evans Responds to Governor’s Drought Declaration

Friday, January 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) today issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s State of Emergency proclamation declaring a drought:

“Today’s declaration by the Governor represents what many in the environmental and agricultural communities in my district have long feared: California’s water system is insufficient and conservation alone is not enough.”

Bill to Regulate Toy Guns Advances in CA Senate

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SANTA ROSA, CA – Legislation authored by Senators Kevin De Leόn (D-Los Angeles) and Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to regulate the appearance of toy, imitation or “copycat” guns passed out of its first policy committee today with a 4-1 vote.  In an effort to stem a reoccurring tragedy involving toys being mistaken for real firearms Senate Bill 199, the Imitation Firearm Safety Act, would amend California law to define what an imitation firearm is and what those imitations must look like to differentiate real guns from fake guns.  Currently, toy guns such as airsoft a

Evans Responds to Governor’s 2014-15 Budget

Thursday, January 9, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) today issued the following statement in response to the 2014-15 Governor’s Budget:

"In 2009, when I chaired the Legislative Conference Committee on Budget, the Legislature was forced to agree to numerous cuts to vital state services such as CalWORKS and higher education or to borrow from other funds, including education and transportation. The impact to Californians was severe. Working families, women and children of our state bore the brunt of those cuts and have done so since then. "

Legislators Vow Introduction of Legislation Regulating Toy Guns

Friday, November 22, 2013

Santa Rosa City Teen Tragedy Highlights Need for Imitation Gun Regulations

Evans Lauds Passage of Immigrant Driver’s License Legislation in Senate

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sacramento, CA—Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) issued the following statement regarding AB 60, the Safe and Responsible Driver Act, which was approved by the Senate today: 

“Currently, California has 1.4 million drivers on our roads who lack proper training, licensing and insurance.  After decades of work, we’ve now made safety on our roads a priority by enabling any immigrant who meets the eligibly requirements to legally obtain a California Driver’s License in compliance with federal law.  It’s a historic day in California.”

Evans Praises Minimum Wage Increase

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sacramento, CA—Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) issued the following statement regarding AB 10, Adjusting the Minimum Wage, which was approved by the legislature this evening: 

“Increasing the minimum wage is an economic stimulus tool.  By providing a living wage—a dignified wage—we promote economic stability in California and reduce the gap between the haves and have nots trying to make an honest living.”

Evans’ Rape by Fraud Bill Goes to Governor for Approval

Thursday, August 22, 2013

SACRAMENTO – The final bill to close a loophole in California’s rape law that caused an appellate court to overturn a sexual assault conviction has passed out of the Assembly today with a 74-0 vote on urgency.  The bill, SB 59, will return to the Senate Monday for a procedural vote and then move to the Governor’s desk with its companion bill, AB 65, for consideration.

Evans’ Bill Increases Public Oversight in Parks Dept.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sacramento, CA—A newly introduced bill by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to increase the public’s role in the Department of Parks and Recreation passed out of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee with a 14-0 vote today.  The bill, SB 599, expands the statutory role of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission in the management, oversight and support of the state park system that has been beleaguered with internal misconduct which severely thwarted the public’s trust in the Department.

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