In the News

August 25, 2015

A state legislative committee Tuesday, Aug. 25 rejected an Inland assemblywoman’s request for an audit of Planned Parenthood to ensure the organization is not illegally profiting from the donation of tissue from aborted fetuses.

August 20, 2015

Though the FAA is expected to address emerging safety issues when it adopts regulations to incorporate drones into the national airspace, an action expected in early 2017, California lawmakers might consider taking action on its own.

August 17, 2015

The Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management will meet Tuesday, Aug. 18, in Sacramento to discuss the benefits and the dangers of aerial drones. California lawmakers are up against a Sept. 11 deadline to pass any new laws regulating the use of drones.

Several pending state bills are trying to address some of the concerns that have arisen regarding the use of the aircraft – both by private citizens and law enforcement agencies. Discussion of new regulations comes on the heels of three incidents in recent weeks, where aircraft fighting wildfires in the Inland Empire were grounded because a drone was spotted in the air.

August 07, 2015

Sacramento is good at setting rules, but too often the state arbitrarily and suddenly changes those rules without an opportunity to respond or object.

Such was the case with Riverside County’s four newest cities: Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar. Historically, new cities received Vehicle License Fee revenue in lieu of property tax revenue. These four new cities incorporated with the understanding that VLF revenue would be available to them. Unfortunately, as many of us now know, Sacramento changed those rules and redirected VLF money to public safety realignment.

July 27, 2015

It’s recess time for the California Legislature after a session that saw lawmakers pass a $167.6 billion budget, allow the children of undocumented immigrants to get health care and impose stricter rules for childhood vaccinations.

July 16, 2015

Legislation that would recognize three Medal of Honor recipients from Riverside on a portion of Highway 91 is waiting for the governor’s signature, after the state Assembly unanimously approved it Monday, July 13.

July 14, 2015

A state bill to educate small businesses about access violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and give them time to fix them before facing costly litigation was unanimously approved Tuesday, July 14, by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

July 06, 2015

Legislation to provide overdue revenue to four Riverside County cities -- one of which is barely able to pay its debts -- was not included in the bevy of bills signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown as part of the 2015-16 fiscal year budget, but an inland lawmaker expressed optimism that the state senate will still get the proposal to the governor’s desk.

“I am continuing to work with the senate leadership and my colleagues to ensure this budget trailer bill is passed, enacting the governor’s commitment reflected in his May revision of the state budget,” said Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside. “And I am confident this item will be voted on soon. I look forward to getting this budget bill to the governor for his signature and finally providing relief for our cities.”

July 05, 2015

High school students may no longer have to take a test that is now required for graduation.

Proposed state legislation calls for suspending the California High School Exit Exam for three years and setting up a panel to recommend whether to replace or eliminate the test.

Schools are moving toward more rigorous Common Core standards. Many standardized tests were halted during the transition to the new standards, but the exit exam remains a graduation requirement.

July 02, 2015

A more than $23 million state financial assist for four Riverside County cities stung by a 2011 revenue hit may collapse – the victim of a dispute between the governor and a state group over loan payments for now-defunct redevelopment agencies.