Press Releases

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.”

February 16, 2017

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) announced today that B. Wayne Hughes, Jr., an entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of SkyRose Ranch in San Miguel which treats veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, has thrown his support behind Senate Bill 339. SB 339 will help ensure access to recovery and rehabilitation programs for veterans who are battling substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other service-related disorders. In sponsoring SB 339, Mr. Hughes has committed to personally fund half of the $200,000 needed to support the statewide best-practices study commissioned by SB 339.

Mr. Hughes said: “The sad truth is that our veterans are commonly ignored and pushed aside once they return from their noble service, and our jails and prisons are beyond the breaking point with over-capacity. We owe it to these brave men and women and all Californians to find solutions that help rehabilitate those who have served our country, stabilize our correctional system, keep our communities safe and give us hope for a brighter tomorrow. SB 339 takes those important first steps by expanding the reach of veterans’ courts and saluting those who have served for us but now face their own personal battles.”

Senator Roth said: “I thank Mr. Hughes for his generous support of our veterans, and am honored to have his strong support for SB 339. It is our duty to stand behind the brave men and women who have answered the call and stood up to defend our nation. As our veterans return home, they often face tremendous challenges in readjusting to civilian life. SB 339 will help ensure California’s veterans have the treatment and resources they need to recover and readjust to society.”

February 14, 2017

(Sacramento) – Today, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) and Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) introduced legislation which will help ensure access to recovery and rehabilitation programs for veterans who are battling substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other service-related disorders.

Senate Bill 339 will help expand the reach of veterans’ treatment courts (VTCs), which serve veterans who are involved with the justice system and whose court cases are affected by such issues as addiction, mental illness, and co-occurring disorders. Through a collaboration of prosecutors, public defenders, veterans, social services, and family support organizations, VTCs promote sobriety, recovery, and stability.

January 10, 2017

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2017-18 state budget:

“The budget released today is an important first step in a process that will develop over the next several months. I am pleased to see the Governor continue to make our courts a priority by proposing a reallocation of four trial court judges to regions where they are most needed.  This is critical to the adequate and speedy delivery of justice throughout California.  I was further pleased to see funding included for the construction of the California Air Resources Board’s new emissions testing facility in Riverside.  The new facility will create hundreds of new jobs and will be critical to improving air quality throughout Inland Southern California and our state.