Press Releases

February 15, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) introduced the Medical Records Protection Act that fulfills a critical need to ensure the guaranteed access of patient records. SB 1238 will require certain health care providers to notify a patient before medical records are destroyed and make those records available.

February 12, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) introduced legislation that assists parents in the fight against human trafficking. SB 1104 will require school districts to work with their middle and high schools to identify the most appropriate ways of sharing human trafficking prevention resources with parents and guardians.

February 12, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) introduced legislation that clarifies important consumer protections omitted in the final hours of the 2017 Legislative session. SB 1087 will better protect consumers who use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing by ensuring greater public transparency of entities providing these loans.

January 29, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the Senate unanimously voted to authorize an additional Justice be appointed to the Second Division of the 4th Appellate District, which serves the Riverside/San Bernardino region. Senate Bill 38 relieves an overwhelming pressure felt in these counties’ justice systems.

“For too long, Sacramento has failed to provide our region with its fair share,” said Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside). “SB 38 is a critical step in providing under-served communities access to core services of the justice system they need.”

October 02, 2017

(Riverside, CA) -- Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) measure to protect domestic violence survivors of strangulation by updating the education first responders give to victims has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

September 29, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown today in San Francisco signed Senator Richard Roth’s Senate Bill 540, one of the measures in a package of legislation to address the state’s housing crisis by lowering housing costs and spurring construction. SB 540 received bipartisan support from the Legislature.

September 15, 2017

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) measure to address the State’s housing crisis has been approved by the California State Senate and sent to Governor Jerry Brown. Senate Bill 540, which is part of a bipartisan package of bills aimed at lowering housing costs and spurring housing construction, was approved on a bipartisan vote of 29-7.

Senator Roth said: “Access to housing is a basic human need, and ensuring Californians have access to an affordable place to live is critical to every Californian’s quality of life. That’s why I am proud to have authored SB 540, which will incentivize and streamline housing construction to meet our state’s dire housing shortage. I thank my colleagues for recognizing the critical need for this measure, and am confident the Governor will sign this important measure.”

September 15, 2017

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) measure to address the State’s housing crisis has been approved by the California State Assembly. Senate Bill 540, which is part of a bipartisan package of bills aimed at lowering housing costs and spurring housing construction, was approved on a bipartisan vote of 70-8.

Senator Roth said: “Access to housing is a basic human need, and ensuring Californians have access to an affordable place to live is critical to every Californian’s quality of life. That’s why I am proud to have authored SB 540, which will incentivize and streamline housing construction to meet our state’s dire housing shortage. I thank my colleagues for recognizing the critical need for this measure, and look forward to sending this measure to the Governor for his signature.”

July 17, 2017

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement on his support of Assembly Bills 398 and 617:

“Public service is about working together. I came to Sacramento to work with all sides to get things done. AB 398 and AB 617 are bipartisan measures which will help us continue to improve our region and state’s air quality while providing key stakeholders and industries with the flexibility they need to meet our shared clean air goals.

June 29, 2017

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) measure to address the State’s housing crisis has been approved by the Assembly Local Government Committee on a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 9-0.

Senator Roth said: “Access to housing is a basic human need, and ensuring Californians have access to an affordable place to live is critical to every Californian’s quality of life. That’s why I am proud to have authored Senate Bill 540, which will incentivize and streamline housing construction to meet our state’s dire housing shortage. I thank the Committee for recognizing the critical need for this measure, and look forward to sending this measure to the Governor for his signature.”