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September 18, 2019
Governor Gavin Newson has taken the left coast further left than anyone has in modern history. One of his first decisions as governor was to spare all 800 death row inmates by halting any executions during his term in office. No matter how heinous their crime, his moratorium covers rapists, mass...
September 13, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) released the following statement after an individual allegedly threw blood from the Senate gallery onto the California State Senate floor: “Violence in any form cannot and should not be tolerated during the process of Democracy...
September 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, members of the California Senate Republican Caucus voted against Senate Bill 714 which combined with Senate Bill 276 would allow government to intrude into the physician-patient relationship. Both SB 714 and SB 276 would restrict a medical doctor’s right to issue vaccine medical...
September 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Tonight, members of the California Senate Republican Caucus voted against Assembly Bill 5 which would threaten the livelihoods of many California independent contractors. AB 5 undercuts workers’ freedom in many industries to choose independent work and threatens their employment status...
September 6, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) has introduced an amendment to Assembly Bill 5 that would offer parity across the board and protect independent contractors. Legislative Democrats are advocating for AB 5 which is a measure that will harm tens of thousands of...
September 5, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) released the following statement after Sacramento Democrats passed Assembly Bill 378 today on a partisan vote. AB 378 is sponsored by Sacramento unions. The legislation is a power grab for unions to obtain the private information...
September 4, 2019
SACRAMENTO –Members of California Senate Republican Caucus recently voted in support of Assembly Bill 1393 which requires the Instructional Quality Commission to develop and adopt curriculum for Lao history and cultural studies to California’s K-12 schools by March 2023. Senate Bill 895 authored by...
September 4, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, members of the California Senate Republican Caucus voted against Assembly Bill 520 because it will drive the cost of housing construction up and will benefit labor unions at the expense of hardworking Californians. AB 520 passed on a partisan vote. Senate Republican Leader...
September 4, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, members of the California Senate Republican Caucus voted against Senate Bill 276 because it would require the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to review medical exemptions submitted and those issued by physicians who submit a large number of exemptions. SB 276...
September 3, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats passed Senate Joint Resolution 5 (SJR) which urges Congress and the U.S. President to increase the federal gas tax. Senate Republicans voted against SJR 5 because gas taxes...
August 21, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement after a member of the California State Senate was physically assaulted: “On behalf of the Senate Republican Caucus, I condemn the physical assault against Senator Pan and am grateful to hear that he...
August 14, 2019
Today, members of the Senate Republican Caucus participated in a victory rally with the National Asian American Coalition and the National Diversity Coalition. The two non-profit organizations sued the State of California for raiding $331 million that was part of the 2012 national housing...
August 12, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after Governor Newsom agreed to set up a legal assistance fund to return $331 million. Former Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders raided the National Mortgage Settlement Funds during the...
August 12, 2019
Following Governor Gavin Newsom's press conference this week in which he demanded national background checks, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) called on him to direct Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to do their job and fully implement the...
August 12, 2019
Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after an audit conducted by Ernst & Young of California’s Department of Motor Vehicles unveiled more than 80,000 duplicate voter records. "This is another black mark for the DMV. The mismanagement and...
July 24, 2019
Today, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement after Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 200 into law. With an urgency clause, SB 200 will immediately become effective. This new law creates the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund which will provide...
July 23, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement in response to the Governor's announcement of new leadership at the Department of Motor Vehicles and release of results from the DMV Strike Team: “ After years of mismanagement, illegally...
July 19, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement after the California Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling by the Third District Court of Appeal which had ordered California to use funds collected during a 2012 Mortgage Settlement lawsuit to...
July 12, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement after multiple news media outlets are reporting that Governor Newsom has dismissed California’s Chief of the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) due to allegations of conflict of...
July 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, Republican Senator Mike Morrell ( R-Rancho Cucamonga ) who is the Vice Chair of the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee voiced his opposition and voted against Assembly Bill 5 which seeks to codify a workforce decision that was handed down by the California...

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June 18, 2018
Republican lawmakers today proposed allocating an additional $25 million to the Attorney General’s office to remove illegal guns from convicted felons and adults with severe mental illness. “There are at least 10,000 people in California who are illegally in possession of guns,” said Senator Jim...
June 14, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, Senator Jim Nielsen, and Senator John Moorlach issued the following joint statement after Sacramento Democrats passed a record-spending 2018-19 state budget.
May 11, 2018
SACRAMENTO - Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) , vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, responded to Governor Jerry Brown's 2018-19 budget proposal . The Governor’s May Revision outlines a record breaking $199.3...
May 8, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement on the passing of former State Assemblyman and Senator Sam Aanestad: “Senator Sam Aanestad was a great Californian who will be sorely missed by his friends, family and those he served. He was a...
May 8, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) released the following statement on the passing of former California Governor George Deukmejian: “I'm saddened to learn of the passing of one of California's most effective and popular governors in George Deukmejian. He was a...
April 18, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has released the following statement on the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush: “I am heartbroken to learn of Barbara Bush's passing as she displayed an unwavering love for America. She vigorously championed the cause of family...
April 4, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) recently delivered a letter, signed by all 13 members of the Senate Republican Caucus , to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The letter highlighted the need for an in-depth review of the state’s Armed Prohibited...
March 23, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown announced today that Nancy McFadden, who served as his executive secretary and chief of staff since 2011, passed away last night after a long battle with ovarian cancer...
March 21, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement following a Senate floor ceremony this afternoon where Senator Toni Atkins ( D-San Diego ) took the oath of office as Senate President pro Tempore: “I congratulate Senator Atkins on assuming the...
March 13, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Following a year of devastating floods, fires, mudslides and other extreme weather, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) joined Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and other legislative leaders: Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León ( D-Los Angeles ), Assembly...
March 9, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California High-Speed Rail Authority released a business plan today that estimates the project’s cost jumping another 20 percent (from $64 billion to $77 billion) and the opening date...
February 5, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Assembly Bill 403 , authored by Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez ( R-Lake Elsinore ) and amended in the Senate to include an urgency clause, passed on the Assembly Floor...

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September 13, 2017
Senate Republicans speak against AB 186. Click link to view video: https://vimeo.com/233594054 SACRAMENTO – California Senate Republicans are united in opposing Assembly Bill 186 (Eggman) that would create government-sanctioned shooting galleries where addicts could inject their heroin and fentanyl...
September 12, 2017
LGBTQ Community Is Alarmed By Assembly Bill 1250 SACRAMENTO – Eight nonprofit centers serving the LGBTQ community, whose locations stretch from San Francisco to Palm Springs, have united to express their opposition to Assembly Bill 1250 . The legislation will constitute a virtual ban on counties...
September 8, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The California State Sheriffs’ Association addressed a letter to the author of Assembly Bill 186 addressing its concerns while stating that the proposal “sends entirely the wrong message regarding drug use.” AB 186 would create government-sanctioned shooting galleries where addicts...
September 7, 2017
Bishop Ron Allen testified in the Senate Public Safety Committee on the dangers of AB 186. Click here to watch the video. SACRAMENTO – Bishop Ron Allen, founder, president and CEO of the International Faith Based Coalition opposes Assembly Bill 186 , legislation calling for government-sanctioned...
September 5, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Sacramento Democrats want to create “government-sanctioned drug places” for eight counties in California to help drug addicts shoot up. Assembly Bill 186 would create shooting galleries where addicts could inject their heroin and fentanyl in a controlled environment, even though such...
September 5, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) responds to today’s announcement from the federal government about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program: “The President has rescinded an unconstitutional executive order from the prior administration that...
September 1, 2017
SACRAMENTO – In this Op-Ed published in the East Bay Times , the authors make vividly clear their concerns about the “unintended consequences” of Assembly Bill 1250 should it become law. AB 1250 would hurt counties and make it difficult for them to partner with the non-profit and private sectors to...
September 1, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee moved Assembly Bill 1250 to the Senate Rules Committee to undergo further legislative review, and could be considered next year. AB 1250 is a special interest bill sponsored by two of the most powerful public employee unions in California...
August 31, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 186 , Democrat-sponsored legislation to allow eight California counties to create government-run drug dens, soon will land on the Senate floor for a vote. AB 186 would create shooting galleries where addicts could inject their heroin and fentanyl in a controlled...
August 24, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Opposition to SEIU and AFSCME’s power-grabbing legislation, Assembly Bill 1250 , continues to grow. Joining the list are the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC). An opposition letter...
August 24, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel, issued the following statement regarding the status of Assembly Republican leadership: “Being a legislative leader is a challenging job, and I recognize Chad Mayes’ efforts to serve his constituents and his caucus. I appreciate...
August 17, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The list of opposition against the labor union-sponsored proposal, Assembly Bill 1250, continues to grow each day. AB 1250 is supported by two of the state’s largest public employee unions, SEIU and AFSCME, and would place a de facto ban on counties’ ability to contract with nonprofits...

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