Current Releases & Opinion

Today Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) and all other members of the state Senate sent a letter to Congress urging expedited action “to permanently waive the requirement that our state’s Army National Guard members repay federal financial incentives they received in exchange for wartime...
The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) announced that all 13 Republican Senators earned its highest possible vote record score in 2016.
Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today announced his Senate Bill 807, which would protect forests, property and the lives of citizens, firefighters and emergency personnel from drone interference, was signed by Governor Brown.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1458 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that will expand eligibility for the state’s property tax exemption to military veterans who previously did not qualify. The State Senate and Assembly unanimously approved the bill last month.
Read Complete Document (pdf) Executive Summary Budget Overview. The 2016 Budget Act includes record-high General Fund revenues and spending. The budget shows strong education spending, prudently includes an extra $2 billion deposit to the state Rainy Day Fund, and provides much needed funds for the...
Runner Family on the Death of Senator Sharon Runner “We are heartbroken to share that Sharon passed away today at the age of 62 following respiratory complications. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends. “Through her life Sharon held tight to her favorite Bible verse,...
Today, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a draft proposal that sets new emissions caps and extends California’s cap-and-trade tax program beyond its statutorily prescribed expiration date of December 31, 2020. Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) issued the following response:
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.