Press Releases

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.

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: