Elected on November 8, 2016, Senator Anthony Portantino represents California’s 25th State Senate District, which includes Sunland/Tujunga, Atwater Village, and the Griffith Park areas of the city of South Pasadena, Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont and Upland.
From 2006 to 2012, Portantino represented the 44th Assembly District. While in the Assembly he chaired the Committees on Higher Education, Revenue and Taxation, and the Select Committee on the Preservation of the Entertainment Industry.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, he spent many years working in film and television production, as a producer, line producer, art director, assistant director and location manager. Senator Portantino also served on the California Film Commission, where he helped implement the California Film Tax Credit Program.
In addition to his time spent in Sacramento, Senator Portantino has a long and distinguished record of service which includes nearly eight years on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council, with two terms as Mayor and vice chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee. He also served as president of the League of California Cities Mayors and Councilmembers Department, and the legislative chair of the California Contract Cities Association.
Senator Portantino attended public schools and graduated from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he met his future wife, Ellen, a business executive at Warner Brothers. They have two daughters.
Contact Senator Portantino at home: (818) 952-3432.
SB 23 Public Health: Umbilical Cord Blood Collection
The University of California’s Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program will sunset next year. This program collects units of umbilical cord blood for public use in transplantation and for specified research. This bill would extend the provisions of the program until January 1, 2025. It would raise the fee by one dollar for a certified copy of a birth certificate that would go directly into the programs fund.
SB 24 Political Reform Act of 1974: Economic Interest Disclosure
This bill updates the Political Reform Act to create better and more accurate financial disclosure requirements for elected representatives to include an annual statement indicating investments or interests in property and income received from each reportable source. This bill sets new, more specific threshold reporting requirements in order to provide more insight into the level of economic interest.
SB 25 Education: Integrated K-14 System
This bill would require Legislative Analyst (LAO) to conduct an assessment, make recommendations, and determine the cost to integrate the state’s elementary schools, secondary schools, and the California Community Colleges in better preparing students to be academically and financially prepared for their transitions in K-14.
SB 165 Horse Racing: National Thoroughbred Racing Marketing Program
The existing Horse Racing Law will sunset next year that requires any racing association that conducts thoroughbred racing to pay to the owners’ organization contracting with the association an additional 13/4% of the portion required to be deducted for purses for a national marketing program. This bill would extend the operation of the program until January 1, 2022.
SB 172 Health Care Coverage: Fertility Preservation
Beginning next year this bill would require an individual or group health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed that covers hospital, medical, or surgical expenses to include coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause infertility to an enrollee or insured.
SB 254 Alcoholic Beverage Control – Tied House Regs
Spot bill about the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to alcoholic beverages in California
SB 275 Surplus Residential Property: State Route 710: Property Taxes: Assessments
This bill would strictly require surplus residential properties, for State 710, in Los Angeles County, purchased at an affordable or reasonable price to be assessed at its affordable or reasonable price for property tax purposes.
SB 304 Juvenile Court School Pupils: Joint Transitions Planning Policy
Youths in the juvenile justice system are required an education and services through the joint transition planning policy. This bill would require the joint transition planning policy to include specified components, including an individualized transition plan for each pupil detained for more than four consecutive schooldays and a transition portfolio for each pupil.
SB 318 California State University: Personal Services Contracts
This bill would establish standards for the use of personal services contracts by the trustees similar to those in the State Civil Service Act for services that are currently or customarily performed by employees of the university.
SB 328 Pupil Attendance: School Start Time
This bill would prohibit middle and high schools from starting classes before 8:30 a.m. Studies show that pushing back the school day sees an increase in attendance rates, grade point averages, and test scores as students get their full recommend amount of sleep and earlier start times may create problems for parents who drop their kids off before heading to work in the morning.
SB 354 Special Education: Individualized Education Programs: Translation Services
The bill would require a local educational agency to communicate in the native language of the parent, during the planning process for the individualized education program, and to provide alternative communication services, including by providing translation services for a pupil’s parent.
SB 378 Alcoholic Beverage Control –Emergency Orders
This bill would authorize the director, by emergency order, to temporarily suspend, limit, or condition any license that authorizes consumption of alcohol on the premises of the licensee, prior to any hearing when the action is urgent and necessary to protect against an immediate threat to health or safety that is reasonably related to the operation of the licensed business.
SB 399 Health Care Coverage: Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Autism
This bill would define a “qualified autism service professional” to mean a person who is a behavioral service provider that meets the State Department of Developmental Services’ education and experience qualifications to provide services.
SB 400 City streets and highways
This is a spot bill to authorize the legislative body of a city to do any and all things necessary to lay out, acquire, and construct any section or portion of any street or highway within its jurisdiction as a freeway and to make any existing street or highway a freeway.
SB 419 Oxycodone
Nationwide, 91 people die every day from opioid overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This bill is one of the first of its kind in the country that would ban doctors from prescribing OxyContin, the brand name for the drug oxycodone, to people under 21 years of age.
SB 459 Outdoor Advertising Displays: City of Upland
This bill would authorize the use of 2 existing advertising displays in the City of Upland adjacent to Interstate 210 if specified conditions are met.
SB 478 Public Postsecondary Education: Transfer of Community College Students to the California State
This bill would require the governing board of each community college district to direct the appropriate officials at their respective campuses to identify those students who have completed an associate degree for transfer to be added to the identification system that can be accessed electronically by the California State University and the University of California enrollment systems.
SB 497 Firearms: Transfers
California’s gun law allows for the purchase of one handgun per month limit. This bill would include all types of firearms to be purchased only once a month.
SB 502 California Voluntary Tattoo Removal Program
This bill would reestablish a program known as the California Voluntary Tattoo Removal Program to provide funding for the removal of certain tattoos for certain individuals between 14 and 24 years of age.
SB 533 Teacher credentialing: Governor Emergency
Spot bill relating to teacher credentialing.
SB 565 Mental Health: Involuntary Commitment
This bill requires the mental health facility to make reasonable attempts to notify family members or any other person designated by the patient at least 36 hours prior to a certification review hearing. The bill also makes technical, substantive changes to provisions related to treatment of a person who threatened or attempted to take his or her own life.
SB 599 Public Employees’ Retirement System
Spot bill that would make non-substantive changes to the definition of state safety member.
SB 633 Storm water
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to storm water runoff in California.
SB 746 Pupil Health: Physical Examinations
For students to participate in an interscholastic athletic program at school, they must have physical examinations that by law, are performed by physician, surgeon, and physician assistants. This bill would additionally authorize a doctor of chiropractic, naturopathic doctor, or nurse practitioner to perform that physical examination.
SCR 8 President Barack H. Obama Highway
This measure would designate a specified portion of Ventura State Highway 134 in Los Angeles County that runs from Glendale and into Eagle Rock, between State Highway 2 and Interstate 210, as the President Barack H. Obama Highway.
SCR 25 State highways: Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial
This measure would request that the Department of Transportation erect informational signs on the Fair Oaks Avenue exit of Interstate 210 in the City of Pasadena, directing motorists to the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial.