Press Releases

October 3, 2019

Senate Bill 390 (SB 390), authored by Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana), was signed into law this week by Governor Gavin Newsom. Currently, school security officials who work less than 20 hours per week are not required to complete training that details areas such as laws and liability, role and responsibilities, school security awareness, conflict resolution, or the dynamics of student behavior. SB 390 would require that all part time school security officers complete training created by the state on fundamental aspects of their jobs.

September 30, 2019

SANTA ANA – Senator Tom Umberg (D – Orange County), the California Contractors State License Board, and the Delhi Center are hosting a FREE Senior Scam StopperSM seminar.  A panel of experts from various agencies will provide information to seniors about the scams that target the senior community, and how they can protect themselves from becoming victims.  Attendees will get questions answered and obtain assistance if they have been scammed.

SB 72 will ensure that all voters who wish to are able to register and cast a vote on Election Day

September 10, 2019

Today, the California Assembly approved SB 72, legislation by State Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) that will allow all eligible Californians to register to vote and cast a ballot at polling sites on Election Day. If SB 72 becomes law, California will join 11 other states, as well as the District of Columbia, in making Election Day registration available at all polling places.

September 9, 2019

Senate Bill 400 (SB 400), authored by Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) expanding the state’s incentives for turning in old, polluting cars to include vouchers for bikeshare and e-bikes was signed into law today by Governor Gavin Newsom. SB 400, adds bikeshare and e-bikes as mobility options in the Clean Cars 4 All Program, which will provide a strong incentive for Californians to switch from car to bike travel.

August 8, 2019

Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) authored Senate Bill 665 (SB665) to assist individuals in county jails by providing better access to mental health services and treatments. The bipartisan legislation is sponsored by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, has the support of Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, and Richard Sanchez, Director of the OC Health Care Agency.

July 31, 2019

Senator Tom Umberg (D – Santa Ana) announced today that he has successfully secured $10 million in state budget funds to assist the Discovery Science Center of Orange County.  The funds will be utilized to assist the Science Center with the recent expansion and addition of new science exhibits and educational services.

July 30, 2019

Senate Bill 505 (SB 505) authored by Senator Tom Umberg (D – Santa Ana) was signed into law today by California Governor Gavin Newsom. The bill, sponsored by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla updates the filing requirements for Presidential candidates seeking to compete in California’s primary election. The law will take effect for the 2020 Presidential Primary.

July 30, 2019

Senate Bill 544 (SB 544) authored by Senator Tom Umberg (D – Santa Ana) was signed into law today by California Governor Gavin Newsom. The law will prohibit the State Bar from asking applicants to sign a medical waiver for a mental health history evaluation.

July 8, 2019

The cost of diapers is taxing on vulnerable young families, especially those dealing with poverty. Diaper Banks are beginning to emerge in progressive communities to help address that need.  Outside of food requests, diapers are probably another one of the biggest requests Food Banks receive.  Last year, four Food Banks in California successfully received State funding to establish Diaper Banks in their communities.

June 27, 2019

(Orange County, CA) – Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana), Chair of the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments, issued the following statement regarding the sentencing in Vietnam of American citizen Michael Nguyen to 12 years in prison.