Releases and Opinion

Senator Jim Nielsen
November 19, 2020
Senator Jim Nielsen
CA Senate Republicans
November 3, 2020
CA Senate Republican Caucus
Senator Ling Ling Chang
October 21, 2020
Senator Ling Ling Chang
Senator Patricia Bates
October 7, 2020
Senator Pat Bates
Senator Ling Ling Chang
September 29, 2020
Senator Ling Ling Chang
Senator John Moorlach
September 21, 2020
Senator John Moorlach

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December 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that a deal has been reached on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): “I commend Congressional leaders for moving forward and putting farmers...
December 9, 2019
Republicans have said for more than a decade that the current High Speed Rail program was doomed to failure for many reasons and that money would be better served on improving California’s roads and highways.
December 9, 2019
Why does it feel like Governor Gavin Newsom doesn’t have a plan for California’s homeless? It sure seems as if he’s merely reacting to events and media coverage, making it up as he goes.
December 5, 2019
According to a September 2019 report by the Council of Economic Advisors, 47% of America's homeless live in California. We applaud the Governor for recognizing no members of his Administration or the majority party in California have a solution to California's growing homelessness problem. However...
November 21, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement after the California Supreme Court issued a written ruling in the case of Patterson v Padilla . This lawsuit was brought by the California Republican Party challenging the constitutionality...
November 21, 2019
In an overwhelming defeat of California Democrats attempt to subvert the 2020 election, the California Supreme Court ruled today that it is illegal to force presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns as a condition of appearing on the state’s primary ballot. Senate Bill 27 that...
November 21, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) released the following statement after the Newsom Administration announced that it will sue the Federal Administration challenging biological opinions issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine...
November 19, 2019
Today, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement in response to the latest oil moratorium announcement. Under the directive of Governor Newsom, the Department of Conservation announced several new actions which include a moratorium on new permits for...
November 18, 2019
Today, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after the California Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee held an oversight hearing to discuss the 2019 Public Safety Power Shutoff events. Several members of the California Senate...
November 12, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement after Megan Dahle took the oath of office to represent California Assembly District 1. Assemblymember Megan Dahle will serve out the remainder of the term which was previously represented by...
November 6, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) released the following statement after the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning in the case of Patterson v Padilla which is the lawsuit brought forth by the California Republican Party challenging the...
October 30, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after the announcement that Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) has been appointed as the Western Regional Director for the United States Department of Labor. Senator Stone will resign from the...
October 9, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) released the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 113, a housing trailer bill into law. The newly-signed legislation addresses the state’s plan to spend $331 million in national mortgage settlement...
October 2, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement after Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 170 into law. The newly-signed legislation will offer newspaper carriers and distributors a one-year extension before the implementation of the Dynamex...
October 1, 2019
Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement after a federal judge issued a written ruling today citing that the plaintiffs will likely prevail on multiple grounds, including that SB 27 violates Article II of the United States Constitution. Signed into law...
September 27, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) released the following statement upon the announcement that Governor Newsom has vetoed Senate Bill 1: “I am grateful the Governor heard the pleas of our Central Valley farmers and has vetoed this bad bill. Supporters of SB 1...
September 24, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) has delivered two letters to Governor Newsom urging him to veto Assembly Bill 520 and Assembly Bill 1482 . AB 520 will drive the cost of housing construction up and will benefit labor unions at the expense of hardworking...
September 24, 2019
Remember when Democrats increased the gas tax with the sole promise of “improving local and state roadway systems?” Late in the day on September 20, 2019, when he thought no one was watching, Governor Newsom quietly passed an executive order directing $5 billion of transportation funding to be...
September 19, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove ( R-Bakersfield ) issued the following statement after reports that the U.S. District Court has issued a temporary injunction against Senate Bill 27. The law requires candidates to disclose five years of their federal income tax returns before...
September 18, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after the governor signed Assembly Bill 5 into law. AB 5 will threaten the livelihoods of many independent contractors in California because it only covers certain industries that were fortunate...

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December 3, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) officially welcomed three new members to the Senate Republican Caucus for the 2019-20 legislative session as they took their oaths of office today at a swearing-in ceremony at the Senate Chamber inside the California State...
December 1, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush: “My thoughts and prayers are with the Bush family as they mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush, whose extraordinary life inspired many...
November 28, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today on the passing of Aubry Stone, the President and CEO of the California Black Chamber of Commerce: “I am saddened to learn of the passing of Aubry Stone, whose work as President and CEO of the...
November 15, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its fiscal forecast for the 2019-20 budget year which predicts that California will have a significant surplus of $15 billion by June 30, 2020. Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) and Vice Chair...
November 8, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) released the following statement on the Thousand Oaks shooting that killed 12 people, including Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department: “With a heavy heart, I grieve with the families...
September 26, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after the Senate Rules Committee released the results of an investigation involving Senator Joel Anderson ( R-Alpine ): “In the wake of troubling allegations made against several legislators,...
September 21, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement on the ordering of a performance audit of the Department of Motor Vehicles: “Long wait lines and poor customer service have angered Californians and caused them to lose confidence in the DMV...
September 1, 2018
SACRAMENTO – The amount of damage to Californians’ pocketbooks, the ability to live affordably in the state and the need to keep communities safe, all these important issues and more rest on the over 1,000 bills that were sent to Governor Jerry Brown when the legislative session came to a close on...
August 25, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today on the passing of United States Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) : “America has lost a patriot and public servant in Senator McCain. He served our country with honor on the battlefields of...
August 14, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) and Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus, Senator Jim Nielsen ( R-Tehama ), released a joint statement on potential wildfire legislation: “We believe it is in the best interest of the public for the Legislature to...
August 9, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after a request to audit the California Department of Motor Vehicles failed to pass today during a hearing of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee: “Fixing the DMV is not a partisan issue, but a...
June 25, 2018
Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) welcomed Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) to the California State Senate at her swearing-in ceremony. California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye administered the oath of office. Senator Chang will serve the residents of California’s 29th Senate District, covering portions of Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties.

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December 13, 2017
SACRAMENTO – On behalf of members of the California State Senate Republican Caucus, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) recently sent a letter to California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-...
December 7, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, of Laguna Niguel, released the following statement after Senate Democrats chose Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to serve as their next leader, and thus the next Senate President pro Tempore: “For someone who has achieved historic milestones...
November 1, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement on the gas and car tax increase that takes effect today. Earlier this year, the liberal supermajority approved Senate Bill 1 , a $5.2 billion annual tax increase with no sunset date. To top it off...
October 26, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) released the following statement after the president announced today that he is directing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency: "The federal government's declaration of the...
October 11, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) released the following statement after Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 620 which could allow courts to dismiss penalty enhancements for criminals who use a gun, an “assault weapon,” even a machine gun while committing or...
October 2, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement about the horrific shooting in Las Vegas: “Words can't truly convey the horrific nature of what happened last night in Las Vegas. As we await further details, I grieve for those killed and pray...
September 27, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) submitted a letter to Governor Brown urging him to veto the ‘sanctuary state’ legislation. Senate Bill 54 is the ‘sanctuary state’ bill which will prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using funding or personnel...
September 16, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Assembly Bill 1250 (Jones Sawyer) failed to pass at the end of this year’s legislative session. There were discussions that the Legislature would vote on the bill Friday night. Instead the...
September 16, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R- Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after the state Assembly and Senate approved an amended version of Senate Bill 54 that was agreed to by Governor Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. SB 54 would restrict local law...
September 16, 2017
Senate Republicans fought to oppose AB 186. Click here to view video. SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Assembly Bill 186 (Eggman) failed to pass on the Senate floor. If AB 186 passed, it would have effectively legalize the...
September 15, 2017
SACRAMENTO – More than 300-plus organizations, cities, counties and nonprofits have added their names to a burgeoning list opposing Assembly Bill 1250 . Joining the list are the County of San Diego, San Diego Center for Children, San Diego Youth Services, San Diego Humane Society, San Diego...
September 15, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate passed a package of housing bills that would increase costs and make it more difficult for California residents to pursue their dream of becoming a homeowner. According to the...

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