Press Releases

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.”

June 16, 2017

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement on the 2017-18 state budget approved by the State Legislature:

“The approved state budget makes critical investments in education, healthcare, our veterans and justice system, and continues a fiscally prudent approach. It ensures our region receives its fair share from Sacramento, and I am proud to have worked with my colleagues on both sides, particularly with Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona), to deliver these important victories for our region and all Californians.”

May 04, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Senate Bill 130, which restores critical funding for the newly incorporated cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar, was approved by the California State Assembly on a bipartisan vote of 72-1.

Each of these cities incorporated prior to the passage of Senate Bill 89 (2011), which was one of the steps the Legislature took to close the State’s massive budget gap. SB 89 resulted in cities which had incorporated after 2004 losing critical public safety and municipal services funding that had previously been allocated to newly incorporated cities.

April 27, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – Senate Bill 130, which restores critical funding for the newly incorporated cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar, has been approved by the California State Senate on a bipartisan vote of 34-0.

“For too long, Sacramento has failed to provide our region with its fair share,” said Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside). “There is no reason why these particular cities should be excluded from receiving an equitable share of state revenue which every other California city receives. SB 130 is a critical measure of fairness and equity, and I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their support and for recognizing how important this funding is for our cities’ residents.”

April 20, 2017

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) measure to address the State’s housing crisis has been approved by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on a bipartisan vote of 6-0.

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.”

April 06, 2017

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) and Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) issued the following joint statement on their support of Senate Bill 1, which passed the Legislature with bipartisan support:

“For too long, Sacramento has failed to provide Inland Southern California with the resources we deserve.  Though this was a difficult vote, the cost of our region not getting its fair share is too high.  That is why we went to the table to ensure Inland Southern California’s needs are represented with the vigor and dedication they deserve.

March 31, 2017

Today, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside), Chair of Budget Subcommittee #4 on State Administration and General Government, announced the Subcommittee will conduct an investigation into findings made by a recent Department of Finance audit of the Board of Equalization, to determine whether agency officials misused public funds and violated the public trust.

March 15, 2017

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to restore lost funding to Riverside County’s four newest cities passed the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 7-0.

Senator Roth said: “I thank my colleagues on the Committee for recognizing how important this funding is for our cities’ residents, especially for residents in California’s newest city, Jurupa Valley.  Senate Bill 37 restores funding for the newly incorporated cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar which all lost funding through no fault of their own.  This is an issue I have been fighting for since before I was elected to the State Senate, and one I will continue to fight for until we have secured a victory.”