Combating the drug epidemic

Last week I participated in a prescription drug abuse forum at Valley Center High School. Representatives from North County Mental Health, the Sheriff’s Department, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the F.B.I. discussed this growing problem. My initial experience with this issue was during my involvement with the San Diego County Opioid Task force as […]

Lawmaker seeks new life for proposal to protect whistleblowers

RIVERSIDE – A Riverside County lawmaker asked the California Legislative Women’s Caucus to join her in forming a united front in support of legislation that would establish protections for legislative staffers who report ethics or other breaches, including sexual harassment, by their bosses. “It is my hope the women of the California Legislature will join […]

Legislation for California approved in 2017

During the recent session, ending Sept. 15, 977 bills were submitted to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval. He signed 859 bills, and I am pleased that seven bills that I wrote were included in this total. My legislation includes Assembly Bill 4, sponsored by Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin, to deter online voter fraud by requiring […]

Water secured for tribal lands

Indian tribes in our arid region need access to reliable water to continue to live on reservation lands. This session, I jointly wrote Assembly Bill 1361 with Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D – Coachella, to streamline water deliveries to Indian reservations throughout California. The bill allows water districts to enter into voluntary agreements with sovereign Indian tribal […]

Help is only a phone app away

Getting help or information from government agencies can often be time consuming and frustrating. Figuring out what agency to call and suffering through busy signals and multilayered automated phone directories can make callers forget the reason they called in the first place. But now people can get help by simply downloading an app through App Store […]

Senator Mike Morrell responds to governor’s signing of sanctuary state legislation

To the Editor, Unfortunately, the winners under SB 54 are individuals who have been arrested for committing crimes such as assault, theft or battery, just to name a few, and have extensive criminal histories or known gang affiliations. Our local law enforcement officers, who keep us safe, will no longer be able to communicate with their federal counterparts in […]

The 75th Assembly District is making a difference

Our wonderful 75th Assembly District is chock full of amazing people who make a difference in the lives of others every day. Here are just some examples. The Angel Society of Fallbrook, funded through the Angel Thrift Shop downtown, has provided over $3.6 million in grants since 1978, including $50,000 for library reconstruction. Last year’s […]

The Legislature considers a few good bills

There are good bills amid the hundreds of bills awaiting the governor’s signature. Helping local school districts save for special projects or financial emergencies was impacted by a cap that was placed on school reserves in 2014. This year, I supported Senate Bill 751, by Sen. J Hill, D-San Mateo, and Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, […]

The Legislature has adjourned

As the 2017 legislative session closes, I am pleased that most of my bill package received overwhelming support, and three of my bills have already been signed into law by Governor Brown.  Six of my bills are on the Governor’s desk, including AB 1386, a Legislative Woman’s Caucus priority bill to raise awareness for newly diagnosed breast/ovarian […]