Press Releases

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.

December 27, 2016

(Riverside, CA) -- Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement on the passing of Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit:

December 15, 2016

California Hospital Association praises him as a “true champion for patients and healthcare providers”

(Riverside, CA) – Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) has been awarded the 2016 Public Service Award by the California Hospital Association.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Senator Roth. “I have always believed that public service is about working together. I thank CHA for their leadership to improve healthcare access and the quality of healthcare throughout California, especially in our state’s medically underserved areas. I am looking forward to continuing to work with CHA to ensure we can meet the long-term healthcare needs of our region and state.”

This year, Senator Roth and a bipartisan coalition of healthcare leaders and stakeholders successfully secured the investment of $100 million in new and existing primary care residency programs, including family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine and OB/GYN residencies. This targeted investment will help ensure California’s medically underserved areas have the physicians they need to meet growing and complex healthcare demands.

December 05, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) – Sworn in today for a second term, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) introduced four proposals aimed at restoring funding to Riverside County’s newest cities, improving access to justice and protecting victims of domestic violence. 

Senator Roth said: “It is truly an honor and privilege to continue serving the residents of the 31st Senate District.  From saving our newest cities, to improving access to justice for all Californians, to protecting some of our society’s most vulnerable citizens, we have important work to do over the next four years, and I am looking forward to delivering even more for Inland Southern California in my second term.”

Below are the measures Senator Roth introduced today:

September 30, 2016

(Riverside, CA) -- Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement today on the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 897, which would have provided law enforcement one additional year to recover from catastrophic injuries sustained while protecting Californians:

August 31, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to restore lost funding to Riverside County’s four newest cities has been approved by the California State Senate on a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 39-0, sending the measure to Governor Brown for his signature.

“I am proud that both houses of the Legislature have rallied behind our cities in bipartisan support,” said Senator Roth. “I am confident the Governor will recognize that SB 817’s approval not only restores lost funding, but restores an important measure of fairness and equity for our cities.”

August 23, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to restore lost funding to Riverside County’s four newest cities has been approved by the California State Assembly on a bipartisan vote of 77-0.

Senator Roth said: “Senate Bill 817 restores critical funding for the newly incorporated cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar, which each lost funding through no fault of their own. This funding, which every other city receives, is important for these cities’ residents, especially for residents in California’s newest city, Jurupa Valley. 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.”

August 22, 2016

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement on the passing of Pamela Clute:

“I am truly saddened to learn of the passing of Pam Clute, one of the finest educators, public servants, and community leaders Inland Southern California and our State have ever known. For over four decades, Pam tirelessly inspired students to realize unbounded success, particularly among underserved populations. Pam’s career and life are a testament to the very best of public service, and her legacy will live on in the countless minds and lives she inspired and truly made better. I know I speak for all those whose lives she positively impacted when I say that she will be deeply missed, and my sincerest condolences and prayers go out to her husband Steve and their family in this difficult time.”

August 22, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) -- Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to protect peace officers and firefighters catastrophically injured in the line of duty has been approved by the California State Assembly on a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 55-0.

Senate Bill 897 provides an extension of workers’ compensation benefits to police and firefighters, providing an additional year of healing time for those who are catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

August 11, 2016

Senate Bill 866 would allow Prop. 41 funds to be used to create gender specific veterans housing to support female survivors of military sexual trauma

(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to protect survivors of military sexual trauma was approved by the California State Assembly today on a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 74-0.

“I am proud to author Senate Bill 866 and stand with the women who have survived sexual assault, rape, and harassment while serving our nation,” said Senator Roth.  “These survivors battle the psychological, physical and social effects of military sexual trauma for years and deserve our support.”