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May 22, 2020
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July 8, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, members of the California Senate Republican Caucus voted in support of Senate Bill 200 which creates the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund that will provide funding to communities that lack access to clean drinking water. SB 200 has an urgency clause which means the...
July 1, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement in response to Democrat leaders celebrating the 2019-20 state budget, describing it as “The Affordability Package.” “Celebration is the wrong word to describe a record-spending state budget. With a...
June 28, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Starting on July 1st, California drivers will be paying an additional 5.6 cents in gas taxes as a result of Senate Bill 1 (2017). According to GasBuddy.com , California has the highest gas prices in the nation. Legislative Democrats advocated for SB 1 which Governor Jerry Brown signed...
June 20, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, members of the Senate Republican Caucus are keeping the promise to the most vulnerable members of our communities. Senate Republicans voted in support of Senate Bill 81 which will improve transparency and accountability for regional centers, provide rate increases for service...
June 13, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) released the following statement after the California State Legislature passed the 2019-20 State Budget today: “Year after year, Sacramento Democrats continue to push the envelope on spending. The majority party has passed...
June 12, 2019
Senator Dahle will serve the residents of California’s 1st Senate District which covers all or portions of 11 counties, including Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sierra.
June 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement after a recent article published in the Los Angeles Times cited that the High Speed Rail Authority seized land from Central Valley farmers to build the tracks for the bullet train and now the...
June 5, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) released the following statement: “Congratulations to Brian Dahle who will proudly represent constituents in California’s First Senate District. Brian and I served in the State Assembly together. As colleagues in the Assembly, we...
May 24, 2019
SACRAMENTO – In a recent Senate Budget Committee hearing , members of the California Senate Republican Caucus voted against Democrats’ efforts to penalize members of Health Care Sharing Ministries (HCSMs). HCSMs are an alternative form of health care coverage for members of faith-based communities...
May 22, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Bill 276 passed on a partisan vote, with all Senate Republicans voting against the legislation. SB 276 would create a system where government bureaucrats will review vaccination exemption requests and potentially overrule the decisions of family physicians. The California...
May 21, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement after the Assembly Transportation Committee held an extensive hearing on the California High-Speed Rail project today. “The more we look at this project, the more uncertainties come to light...
May 17, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) praised the decision by the Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services to provide at least an eight percent increase for service providers who care for the developmentally disabled community. Republican Senator...
May 16, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after discussion of a water tax proposal failed to come to fruition yesterday in the Senate Budget Committee. “The decision to kill the water tax is a victory for Senate Republicans. My colleagues and...
May 16, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement after the United States Department of Transportation released a letter today to the California High-Speed Rail Authority announcing that it will terminate nearly $1 billion in funding for the...
May 9, 2019
SACRAMENTO – With an anticipated budget surplus of $21 billion, the governor released his revised State Budget proposal today which called for record-spending of $214 billion, up from $209 billion in January. California’s budget surplus is more than four times Nevada’s annual budget. Senate...
May 2, 2019
SACRAMENTO - The California High Speed Rail Authority has released its 2019 Project Update Report which cites an additional $1.8 billion in cost overruns to complete a portion of the project from Bakersfield to Merced. The 119 mile project is now estimated to be completed no sooner than 2028 and...
April 24, 2019
Senate Republican Leader Grove delivered opening remarks at a press conference in support of independent contractors. To receive a high resolution photo, please contact: Jacqui.Nguyen@sen.ca.gov . SACRAMENTO – Today, California State Senate Republicans rallied with independent contractors in...
April 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Legislative Republicans recently called on Governor Gavin Newsom not to appeal a court ruling directing the state to provide $331 million to help financially distressed homeowners . The funding, obtained from a settlement agreement in a 2012 lawsuit over unfair lending practices, was...
March 22, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) released the following statement regarding the Governor’s intention to administratively end imposition of the death penalty: “I’m concerned that the Governor may circumvent state laws on the death penalty. His intention to place...
March 20, 2019
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Developmental Services released a long-awaited study last Friday evening regarding payments for services for persons with developmental disabilities. The study indicates that if provider rates are set fairly, the state would need to increase the budget by...

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February 1, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today all state Senate Republicans voted for Assembly Bill 403 ( R-Melendez ), the Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act. All 13 members also co-authored the bill, which will extend to legislative employees the same protections state workers already receive under the...
January 25, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s State of the State address today: “I congratulate Governor Brown on his final State of the State speech. He will leave behind a deep legacy of public service to...
January 11, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Members of the California State Senate Republican Caucus have issued the following statements in response to the governor’s 2018-19 budget proposal today: Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ): “California’s projected budget surplus provides an opportunity to do...
January 10, 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 : Senate Republican Leader Bates: “California’s projected...
January 9, 2018
SACRAMENTO - The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office recently projected that California could have a general fund surplus of $7.5 billion this year. If this proves correct, the Legislature will have an opportunity to address some of the significant challenges facing California. Rather than...
January 9, 2018
SACRAMENTO – The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recently projected that California could have an educational funding surplus of $5 billion in the upcoming budget year to spend on education programs. If this proves correct, the state will have an opportunity to address some of the...

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August 17, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The County of Los Angeles along with six other agencies added their names to a burgeoning list of opposition against Assembly Bill 1250 . The proposed legislation is a blatant political power play by two of the state’s largest public employee unions at the cost of public safety, health...
August 16, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today on the passing of Ross Johnson, who served as Assembly Republican Leader, Senate Republican Leader, and chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. He was the first person to...
August 15, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today submitted a letter to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) during a public comment period regarding proposed regulations that could lead to the early release of dangerous "nonviolent" inmates and diminish victim rights.
July 23, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement on the passing of former Senate Republican Leader Dave Cogdill who passed away Sunday morning after battling pancreatic cancer: "I had the honor of working and serving with former Senate Republican Leader Dave...
July 18, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved legislation to extend cap-and-trade [Assembly Bill 398]. “The real threat of climate change should not be used as an excuse to increase the cost of gas,...
July 13, 2017
SACRAMENTO – This morning, a letter from members of the Senate Republican Caucus was delivered to Governor Jerry Brown outlining their concerns on cap-and-trade. The letter conveys to the Governor that the “… Caucus is united in opposition to the current efforts to extend the state’s cap-and-trade...
June 23, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's decision to hold SB 562, the government-run health care proposal, 'in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice': "Speaker Rendon says that SB...
June 2, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Senate Bill 562, a government-run health care proposal, passed today in the California State Senate.
May 31, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today issued the following statement in response to a report produced by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which was financed by those who want government-run health care through Senate Bill 562.
May 25, 2017
Today, the government-run healthcare proposal, Senate Bill 562, passed out of the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations on a party line vote of 5 to 2. This week, the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times published articles critical of SB 562 with its staggering $400 billion price tag and the assumption of a 15% payroll tax on the paychecks of Californians.
May 11, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Brown’s revised 2017-18 budget proposal:

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