Welcome to the Senate Housing Committee

If you have a position letter on any bills that have been referred to our committee, please submit them through the Advocates Portal as soon as possible. Letters were due July 24th by noon but we encourge you to still submit as they are added to the official bill record.

Submit Position Letter

The committee staff does not accept emailed position letter. Please use the link above to submit letters electronically.


                                           Teleconference Instructions:

Due to the statewide stay-at-home order and guidance on physical distancing, seating for committee hearings will be very limited for press and for the public. All are encouraged to watch our hearing from its live stream on the Senate’s website at https://www.senate.ca.gov/

We encourage the public to submit written testimony before the hearing through the position letter portal. Please note that any written testimony submitted to the committee is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.

The Capitol will be open for attendance of committee hearings, but the public is strongly encouraged to participate via the web portal or telephonically.

Information regarding a call-in option for testimony will be made available and updated the night prior to the hearing date.

Senate Committee on Housing hearing call-in information for August 6, 2020.

(Participant number: 1-844-291-6364) (ACCESS CODE: 9516389) 

Please note: In order for your testimony to be heard clearly, you must mute any devices you are using to live stream the committee hearing prior to calling into the teleconference service. Please do not testify using speakerphone or bluetooth, this can cause acoustic feedback and make it very difficult to hear your testimony. 

  • Upon calling in, you will be placed in a “waiting room” where you will be muted but you can listen to the committee hearing as you wait.

  • When a committee moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for anyone who is wishing to testify in “Support” of the bill to please press 1-0.  The moderator will again prompt those waiting in “Opposition” when the committee moves to opposition.  You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator – be sure to listen for support or opposition and DO NOT press 1-0 until the proper position has been asked for. 

  • When you press 1-0 on your phone, you will wait and an operator will assign you a line number, at that time you will be placed in the queue for identification.  Remember your line number, the moderator will call out that number to identify YOU when it is your turn to testify.  OF IMPORTANT NOTE: If you press 1-0 a second time, you will remove yourself from the queue and you will not be identified to testify. Every time you press 1-0 you either put yourself “In queue” or take yourself “Out of queue” so listen carefully, and press 1-0 only once when you are prompted by the moderator.

  • When you are successfully in the queue, with your assigned line number, the moderator will call out your line number, open your line, and at that time you may address the committee. You must have your own phone unmuted before you begin testimony.

A more detailed explanation of the teleconference instructions can be found by clicking the “Teleconference Instructions” 


DURING THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES, WE ARE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST YOU

To protect public health and slow the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the State Capitol is closed to the public.  However, we are working remotely to continue to serve you. 

  • We are answering calls to our main office line and responding to all email communication during the business hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). 
  • We will continue to receive position letters on all legislation via the Advocacy Portal and our mailing address. Please refer to the "Position letters" tab above for more information.
  • We will be updating our website on the status of our bill hearings under the "Bill Hearings" tab above.
  • Author’s Amendments to bills in our committee will be accepted and processed during the recess. Please email the committee assistant Cicely Chisholm at Cicely.Chisholm@sen.ca.gov.

Please note the various ways we are available to assist you:

Committee phone: 916-651-4124

Committee Staff:

Thank you for understanding and please reach out should you need to communicate with the committee office.


JURISDICTION:  Bills relating to housing, including those that affect state housing funding programs for low- and moderate-income families, homelessness, housing elements and land use approvals for housing developments, housing successor agencies and the housing obligations of local financing districts, manufactured housing, building codes and standards, and common interest developments.

Senate Housing Committee usually meets every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Room 4203, but please check the Daily File and Bill Hearings tab for dates.

Members:

Senator Scott D. Wiener (Chair)
Senator Mike Morrell (Vice Chair)
Senator Patricia C. Bates
Senator Anna M. Caballero
Senator Maria Elena Durazo
Senator Mike McGuire
Senator John M. W. Moorlach
Senator Richard D. Roth
Senator Nancy Skinner
Senator Thomas J. Umberg
Senator Bob Wieckowski

Committee Address

Staff