Democrats kill legislation to preserve billions in federal funding

SACRAMENTO –Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, announced that Democrats in the Assembly Judiciary Committee killed her bill, Assembly Bill 536, designed to protect billions of dollars California counties currently receives in federal funding. “Sacramento Democrats began waging a political war against the president months before he even took office, and now they are jeopardizing […]

Nominations open for 2017 Women of Distinction awards

RIVERSIDE – Each year, Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, hosts the annual Women of Distinction Awards ceremony and dinner to recognize extraordinary women from around the 23rd Senate district who have positively impacted their community. The nomination window for this year’s event is now open through Aug. 1. Acknowledging remarkable women for their contributions to California has […]

The clock is ticking

This year over 2,800 bills, an excessive number in my view, were introduced in Sacramento. Many have a fiscal impact, which means they must be referred to the Appropriations Committee, the last stop for fiscal bills before they are presented to the full Assembly or Senate for a final floor vote. With so many bills […]

Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget gets mixed reviews from lawmakers

RIVERSIDE – Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, released last week seeks to increase spending on various programs over what was proposed earlier this year, but several Inland Empire lawmakers said the appropriations will only feed bureaucratic pursuits, while others were more optimistic. The governor’ s May Revise boosts appropriations by […]

Sacramento Democrats push through largest gas tax increase in state history

Sen. Mike Morrell Special to Valley News In April, Democratic leaders forced through the state Legislature $5.2 billion annually in new and permanent taxes on drivers across California, amounting to the largest gas tax increase in state history. For years, the majority party in Sacramento has refused to make our state’s aging infrastructure a spending […]

Melendez introduces ‘Campus Free Speech Act’

SACRAMENTO –Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, announced Monday, May 1, she introduced legislation to ensure the First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech is protected and preserved throughout all of California’s college campuses. “The First Amendment is a cornerstone to this country’s founding document.  Our Constitution is clear, all persons, despite race, religion, or […]

Awareness of genetic testing saves lives

Getting a diagnosis of cancer can be scary and uncertain. As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I am seeking ways to improve access to new and innovative treatments, cures and therapies to prevent diseases and save lives. This session I introduced Assembly Bill 1386, establishing a women’s health pilot program to raise awareness […]

Melendez calls on state attorney general to investigate political ‘quid pro quo’ in passage of gas tax

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, sent an official letter to California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra calling for an investigation of apparent quid pro quo-inspired vote trading, in order to pass Senate Bill 1, possibly violating several state and federal laws. “I am for working toward a solution and understand the need […]

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