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Assemblymember Waldron -Preparing for Outages

By   /  May 10, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Marie Waldron, State Assemblymember  –Devastation from California’s wildfires has reached an all-time high in recent years. In 2020 alone, over 4 million acres burned in 9,600 fires, claiming 31 lives. The economic costs to homeowners, utilities, ratepayers, insurers, and local governments has been catastrophic. While local utility infrastructure has accounted for less than ten percent of wildfires in California’s history, […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Honoring – And Helping – our Veterans

By   /  May 10, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron – May is National Military Appreciation Month, with several observances honoring our veterans and their families, including Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 7th, Armed Forces Day on May 15th and Memorial Day on May 31st. Honoring the service and sacrifice of our active-duty military and our veterans is important, but supporting […]

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Committee Holds Bill to Delay Prop. 19

By   /  May 10, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA –– The Senate Governance and Finance Committee did not take action on Senate Bill 668 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) yesterday that would delay the implementation date of a provision of Proposition 19 (2020) to February 16, 2023. The committee’s chair, Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), instead pledged to work with Senator Bates on addressing the issues […]

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Senate Confirmation of CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray

By   /  May 10, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — The California State Senate today voted to confirm Amanda Ray as the 16th Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the first woman and second African American to lead the department of more than 11,000 members. Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), the vice chair of the Senate Rules Committee that reviewed Commissioner […]

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Senator Wilk Urges Congress to Protect Retirement Benefits For Those Turning 60 During Pandemic

By   /  May 10, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA-– Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) announces the introduction of Senate Joint Resolution 5 (SJR 5), urging the federal government to immediately pass a correction to the Social Security formula to protect benefits for millions of Americans who turned 60 during the pandemic. These individuals can expect a dramatic hit to their Social Security benefits due to […]

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Senate Committee Rejects Prop. 13 Reform & $348 Million for Essential Services

By   /  May 6, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Governance and Finance Committee today rejected Senate Bill 706 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on a partisan vote that would have corrected an outdated interpretation of property “change of ownership” that has been part of the long running debate around commercial property and Proposition 13 (the 1978 initiative that limited property tax […]

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Senator Jones Protecting Foster Kids From Child Labor Trafficking Passes Senate

By   /  May 6, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA –A measure authored by Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee), based on recommendations of the California Little Hoover Commission and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, was approved unanimously by the State Senate “We’ve seen that foster kids in particular are vulnerable to being targeted by criminals for child labor trafficking,” stated Senator […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Priorities For The Future

By   /  May 3, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — As the constitutionally mandated June 15th deadline for passing a balanced budget nears, discussions in Sacramento about spending priorities are ramping up. California is facing a variety of challenges. First of all, we must get the economy up and running again, and we can use our budget surplus to help bring back […]

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Wilks Resolution Urges Congress To Make Good On Promises To Students With Disabilities

By   /  May 3, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA–Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) announces the introduction of Senate Joint Resolution 4 (SJR 4) which urges the 117th Congress to fulfill its obligation to our special education community by fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), legislation passed by Congress in 1975 to ensure students with disabilities receive the academic support needed to succeed. […]

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Saying Yes to Drug Addiction – One Drug Den At A Time

By   /  May 3, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — While California’s State Senate Republicans are fighting to combat the fentanyl epidemic, their Senate Democrat colleagues are making it easier for drug addicts to consume hard drugs without addressing the root causes of addiction or protecting neighbors living near proposed ‘drug den’ locations. Senate Bill 57 allows California cities and counties to establish taxpayer-staffed and funded […]

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Senator Bates To Pursue Fentanyl Drug Trafficking Bill In 2022

By   /  April 29, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA– With the support of Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she will continue discussions with the Senate Public Safety Committee and pursue her fentanyl legislation, Senate Bill 75, in 2022 instead of this year. The bill would add fentanyl, a powerful opioid, to a category of dangerous […]

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Senate Democrats Turn Their Backs On Rape Victims

By   /  April 29, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA —Jones’s measure to exclude rapists from early release defeated Legislation by Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee) to exclude rapists from early release from prison was defeated yesterday on a party-line vote in the Senate Public Safety Committee.  “Through a sneaky parliamentary trick last session, convicted rapists and other violent sexual offenders were declared […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Public Safety Power Shutoffs

By   /  April 27, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron –Devastation from California’s wildfires has been at record levels in recent years. Last year our wildfire season resulted in over 4 million acres burned in 9,600 fires — 31 people died. The economic costs to homeowners, utilities, ratepayers, insurers and local governments has been catastrophic. While electric utility infrastructure has accounted for […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Distracted Driving

By   /  April 27, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Marie Waldron, State Assemblymember  — April is Distracted Driving Month in the State of California. According to recent data, in 2017, over 3,000 people were killed in accidents involving distracted driving. This number continues to grow as the use of smart phones and smart devices increases. Nearly 70 percent of Californians agree that talking on the phone or texting while […]

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Newsom Creates “California For Some” With Recent Actions

By   /  April 27, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA —Governor Newsom’s announcement today regarding his upcoming executive order to ban fracking will further divide California into regions of haves and have-nots. The proposed ban on fracking will mean job losses, increased gas and food prices making life that much harder for Californians. Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) released the following statement:“Governor […]

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Governor’s Regional State of Emergency Caters To French Laundry Crowd – Leaves Farmers Behind

By   /  April 23, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA -California is in its second dry year and experiencing drought conditions. While the Biden Administration has issued a declaration of drought in 50 of 58 California counties, today Governor Newsom issued a regional state of emergency only covering selective counties in wine country – Sonoma and Mendocino. Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) responds: While […]

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Republicans Applaud Adoption of Bipartisan Tax Policy in Budget Bill

By   /  April 20, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA –Struggling small businesses are getting a helping hand from the state and the efforts are much-needed. Taking a page out of the Republican playbook, the legislature has adopted tax conformity language for small businesses from Senate Bill 265 by Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno). Today, the California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 80 to help struggling employers who received the Paycheck […]

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Assemblymember Waldron EDD: The Crisis Continues

By   /  April 19, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — The Employment Development Department (EDD) has been mired in crisis for more than a year now. The massive backlog in unemployment claim processing hasn’t really budged, millions of daily calls go unanswered, fraud is rampant — estimated at $11 to $31 billion, and appeals can take over three months; the failure […]

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Assemblymember Waldron Protecting Wild Horses & Burros

By   /  April 19, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — This year I am joining Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D – Arleta) to author Assembly Joint Resolution 5 (AJR 5), to urge the federal government to place a roundup moratorium on the state’s free-roaming horses and burros. Wild horses and burros can trace their North American origins way back, though current populations […]

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Senator Bates Applauds Passage of COVID-19 Small Business Tax Relief

By   /  April 19, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved Assembly Bill 80 today that will provide state tax deductibility for 100 percent of allowable business expenses paid using Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) forgivable loans: “I’m glad the Legislature today has embraced the […]

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