As Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee, Senator Hurtado is proud to champion policies that improve the physical, social and mental well-being of all in California regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, immigration status, location, orientation or disability status. Many of the bills she sees in her committee protect some of California’s most vulnerable populations.


The Human Services Committee has jurisdiction of bills that are related to: CalWORKs and other welfare programs; CalFresh; child welfare and foster care; services to persons with disabilities, including those provided by regional centers and the state's developmental centers; in-home supportive services (IHSS); aging and long-term care; community care licensing; and, social services and rehabilitative services, in general.

Senator Melissa Hurtado is also the Vice-Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. As someone who grew up in the Central Valley, she understands the unique needs and fights for the Valley’s many farmers and agriculture workers.

Senator Hurtado also sits on the following committees: