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August 31, 2016

BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER

A bill by state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, that would restore vehicle license fees to the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar has been forwarded to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The state Senate sent the bill to the governor Wednesday, Aug. 31, after approving it on a 39-0 vote, Roth stated in a news release. Last week, it passed the Assembly on a 77-0 vote.

The cities have been trying to get the funding restored after legislators reallocated the fees from newly incorporated cities during a 2011 budget crunch. Brown has vetoed previous bills by Roth attempting to aid the cities.

August 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Without a single “No” vote in the Senate or Assembly, an important bill authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that would eliminate the statute of limitations for rape and related crimes in California cleared its final legislative hurdle earlier today.  SB 813 now advances to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration.

Seeking to ensure justice for victims and survivors of felony sexual offenses, SB 813 would allow the indefinite criminal prosecution of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration.  California law presently generally limits the prosecution of a felony sexual offense to only 10 years after the offense is committed, unless DNA evidence is found which then offers a victim additional time.

August 23, 2016

A bill by state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, that would restore vehicle license fees to the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar won approval Tuesday, Aug. 23 from the state Assembly.

It passed on a 77-0 vote and now goes back to the Senate for a procedural concurrence vote, a news release from Roth’s office stated. The state Senate had already cleared the bill on a 38-0 vote in June.

The cities have been trying to get the funding restored after state legislators reallocated the fees from newly-incorporated cities during a 2011 budget crunch.

August 12, 2016

State Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, is hoping Gov. Jerry Brown will sign a bill he authored calling for affordable veterans housing specifically for women. The goal, he said, is to provide an environment where female veterans who have suffered sexual trauma feel safer.

The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly without any opposition and was sent to the governor on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Roth, who sits on the Senate’s Veterans Affairs Committee, was a co-author of Prop. 41 in 2014, which provided money for affordable housing for low-income and homeless veterans. Since then, Roth said, statistics showing that one in four women in the military report experiencing sexual assault, have troubled him. Those women, he said, may feel intimidated in a housing situation where they are surrounded by male veterans.

May 31, 2016

The governor has vetoed similar legislation to help Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Wildomar and Menifee.

By JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER

Once again, California’s Senate has passed legislation that would restore vehicle license fee revenue to four cities in Riverside County.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, passed 38-0 on Tuesday, May 31. It would restore license fee money to Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Wildomar and Menifee, all of which have gone without the funding after state lawmakers re-allocated the fees in 2011 to solve a budget crunch.

Similar bills have been repeatedly vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, citing the need to protect the state’s general fund. A compromise offered by the governor’s office in the last state budget gave Riverside County a fire services credit intended to provide financial relief to the four cities.

May 12, 2016

PRESS-ENTERPRISE EDITORIAL

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed sensible legislation aimed at protecting small businesses from costly lawsuits over technical violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Senate Bill 269, by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, provides businesses 15 days to fix minor violations of the ADA upon receipt of a complaint or written notification. The sorts of violations covered by the law include faded or damaged paint in parking lots.

May 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — After it passed the California Legislature unanimously, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill giving protections to small businesses against frivolous Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits.

Under Senate Bill 269, which takes effect immediately, businesses with under 50 employees will be given additional time to fix ADA violations before being slapped with fines from the state. If sued, businesses would also be allowed 15 days to address violations claimed in the lawsuit.

The bill's author, state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, called Brown's signing a "major victory for all Californians."

"SB 269 is a bipartisan, common-sense solution that will guarantee access for disabled Californians by providing small businesses with the tools and resources necessary to comply with state and federal disability access regulations," Roth said in a statement.

May 10, 2016

By Reed Fujii
Record Staff Writer 

Legislation to protect small businesses against costly lawsuits and fines over minor violations of disabled access laws, while helping increase access, was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The reform of the state’s Americans with Disabilities Act rules gives a small business, one with 50 or fewer employees, 120 days to correct any violations found by an access specialist and protect it from any claims during that period.

It also would protect a small business from certain minor ADA violations, giving it 15 days to make corrections without any penalties. Those violations involve outside and interior signage; parking lot striping color and visibility; and detectable warning surfaces (bumpy ground strips).

May 10, 2016

Small businesses will get an opportunity to fix handicap access violations without liability with Sen. Roth’s SB269.

BY RICHARD K. De ATLEY / STAFF WRITER

A bill that gives small businesses four months to fix disability access issues and avoid California’s minimum civil liability of $4,000 for each violation if certain conditions are met, was signed into law Tuesday, May 10, by Gov. Jerry Brown

April 26, 2016

By Julie Reeder

RIVERSIDE  – A Riverside County lawmaker’s bill aimed at deterring disability rights lawsuits targeting small businesses was unanimously approved today by the state Senate.

Sen. Richard Roth’s SB 269 passed on a 38-0 vote and is now bound for the governor’s desk. “SB 269’s unanimous approval proves that my proposal is a common-sense, bipartisan solution to protect the disabled community and small businesses,” Roth said.

The senator introduced the measure in January as a repackaged version of his SB 251, which made it to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk last year but was vetoed after the governor repudiated it over a small business tax credit.