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Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement on the passing of Marian Bergeson, the first female legislator to serve in both the California State Assembly and Senate.
Today, the California State Legislature welcomed His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, to the State Capitol. This is His Holiness' first visit to Sacramento as part of his public tour of the United States that began in Orange County, California and will end in Indiana later this month.
Today, the California State Legislature voted on Senate Bill 826 (D-Leno), the Budget Act of 2016. SB 826 will spend a record $122.5 billion dollars out of the General Fund, which is an increase of nearly $7 billion dollars from the previous year. Senate Republicans believe the Golden State deserves better than this risky, record spending budget that fails to meet the priorities of Californians.
Today, members of the Legislative Women’s Caucus raised awareness about sexual assault on college campuses by reading excerpts of the Stanford University rape survivor’s impact statement on the Senate floor.
Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after the terrorist attack that killed nearly 50 people and injured dozens of attendees at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) and members of the Republican Caucus recently sent a letter to the California Board of Prison Terms Commissioner Arthur Anderson urging him to deny parole of convicted murderer Steven John Burns.
Today, Chairman Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Vice Chairman Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee sent a letter to Secretary of State Alex Padilla requesting further investigation into KCBS/KCAL’s reports of voter fraud in Southern California.
Today, the majority party of the Senate Committee on Appropriations blocked eight Senate Republican priority bills that work to make California affordable. As a result, the full Senate will miss an opportunity to vote up or down on these eight bills helping seniors, renters, parents, students, and low-income Californians.
Budget subcommittees met several times this past week to begin voting on the Governor’s May Revision budget proposal. Below is a summary of some key subcommittee activity this week:
The May Revision reflects slower revenue growth and avoids major new General Fund spending proposals. The Governor has called again for fiscal restraint, and Senate Republicans hope it is more than a sound bite this time. The Governor already committed to massive future spending increases through the new minimum wage requirement, and legislative Democrats are seeking billions in spending on new or expanded programs. The May Revision also adopts the $2 billion homelessness bond for the mentally ill previously proposed by Senator De Leon.