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Senate Caucus Chair Jones Responds to Governor’s State of the State Address

By   /  February 20, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA –The State of the State Address was Governor Newsom’s opportunity to provide Californians with clear, concise answers on the status of the high-speed rail project, the impact of AB 5 on independent California workers, the escalating homelessness crisis, the decline in home construction, and what he plans to do about the impending threat […]

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Legislative Republicans Lead Efforts to Repeal and Replace Anti-Worker Law

By   /  February 17, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and members of the California Senate Republican Caucus have introduced a legislative package to counteract the job-killing impacts of Assembly Bill 5 (2019).  Senate Bill 806, authored by Senate Republican Leader Grove and co-authored by members of the Senate Republican Caucus, would repeal and replace AB 5 with a […]

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Senator Jones Introduces Measure – Extend Local Government Immunity

By   /  February 13, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Senator Brian Jones Introduces Measure to Extend Local Government Immunity for Operating Skate Parks. Original bill by Jones was for a four-year pilot program Sacramento, CA – State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) announced today he has introduced Senate Bill 1003, a measure to extend the immunity from liability that local governments receive when operating skate […]

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Senator Patricia Bates – News

By   /  February 11, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Senator Patricia Bates –As I anticipated, a new law (Assembly Bill 5) has hurt many Californians who want to continue working as independent contractors. I voted against AB 5 because it undermines the principle of equal treatment under the law and deprives many Californians the right to be their own bosses. As a first step […]

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Senator Brian Jones Joint Authors Measure To Exempt Interpreters & Translators From AB 5

By   /  February 10, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Arbitrary legislation last year undermines entire industry that helps people with hearing, language challenges Sacramento, CA – State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) announced today he is joint-authoring Senate Bill 875 along with Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield).  SB 875 will exempt interpreters and translators from Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect on January […]

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Senator Jones Introduces Measure -Exempt Musicians & Music Industry Professionals From AB 5

By   /  February 6, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Heavy-handed legislation last year threatens the original “gig” economy Sacramento, CA – State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) announced today he has introduced Senate Bill 881, a measure to exempt musicians and music industry professionals from Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect on January 1 of this year. AB 5, by liberal Democrat Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher […]

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Senator Bates Authors “Brandon’s Law” to Ban Deceptive Marketing in Rehab Industry

By   /  January 30, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced “Brandon’s Law” (Senate Bill 863) to prohibit an operator of rehabilitation treatment facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services. The new bill is similar to Senate Bill 589 that Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed last year. “I’m not giving up on […]

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Republican Caucus Chair Brian Jones Leads Senate Reps in Defeating SB 50… Again

By   /  January 30, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

“Republicans favor a bi-partisan approach based on incentives rather than punishments”Sacramento, CA — – State Republican Caucus Chair Brian Jones (R-Santee) this morning rallied the majority of his caucus to withhold support for Senate Bill 50 on the Senate Floor.  This was the second vote in two days that the Senate took on SB 50.  […]

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Senator Jones Rips Into Democrat Plan to Gift $136K Tax Dollars To Meth Addict

By   /  January 27, 2020  /  State and National  /  1 Comment

Democrat politicians and appointees of Newsom team up with Becerra to double compensation awarded by neutral hearing officer Sacramento, CA — – Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee), during a debate on the Senate Floor this morning, ripped into Senate Bill 417, a measure that would gift $136,000 to a meth addict who was caught trying to […]

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Senator Jones’ Bill Supporting Legal gun Ownership Rights Approved

By   /  January 23, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) announced today that his Senate Bill 723 passed the Senate unanimously. This bill corrects a hastily written state law that could cause an otherwise legal gun owner to become a felon if a warrant was issued in their name, whether or not they have knowledge of the existence of […]

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Senate Committee Rejects Senator Bates’ Effort to Fix Flaws in Recent Criminal Justice Reforms

By   /  January 16, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA–– The Senate Public Safety Committee today rejected Senate Bill 710 (“Keeping California Safe Act”) authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have alleviated the unintended and dangerous consequences of recent criminal justice reforms enacted in California. “The Legislature passed on a golden opportunity to fix the flaws in well-meaning criminal justice reforms enacted […]

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Senator Jones & Assemblyman Kiley Announce Audit Request of Homelessness Spending

By   /  January 16, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) and Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) announced today that they have requested a statewide audit of homelessness spending in California. Joining them as coauthors on the request are Assemblymembers Phillip Chen, Steven Choi, James Gallagher, Tom Lackey, and Jay Obernolte. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee will consider the request […]

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Senate Health Committee Blocks Bill To End Referral Payments for Recovering Addicts

By   /  January 15, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — – The Senate Health Committee today blocked Senate Bill 486 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have prohibited commercially-operated substance abuse recovery residences (also known as sober living homes) from engaging in patient brokering. “It’s sad that today’s decision means that patient brokering for sober living homes will continue for the foreseeable […]

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State Senate Committee Presses Pause on 5G Wireless Bill

By   /  May 19, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Opponents of a bill intended to smooth the way for the rollout of next-generation cell technology are cautiously optimistic – after a key committee put the measure on hold on Monday. The state Senate finance committee put Senate Bill 649 in the suspense file – in the face of vocal opposition from […]

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Senate Democrats Block Sen. Bates’ Bill to Reclassify Heinous Crimes as “Violent”

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Democrats on the Senate Public Safety Committee today voted down Senate Bill 75 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on a partisan 5 to 2 vote that would have expanded the definition of “violent felonies.” It would have covered additional offenses deemed to be serious and violent in nature by many […]

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Bill to Fight Housing Discrimination Introduced in State Senate

By   /  February 19, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill to make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against people with Section 8 housing vouchers was introduced in the California state Senate on Tuesday. According to Senate Bill 10-53, by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, landlords could no longer reject potential tenants solely on their source of income or advertise […]

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