Press Releases

May 10, 2016

Bipartisan proposal to improve compliance with disability access regulations, protect small businesses from threat of predatory lawsuits will take effect immediately

(Sacramento, CA) -- Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) bipartisan measure to protect California’s small businesses and the disabled community has been approved by Governor Jerry Brown.  With the Governor’s signature today, this new law takes effect immediately.

The first significant reform to the State’s disability access regulations since 2012, SB 269 is a modified version of last year’s Senate Bill 251, which was also authored by Senator Roth but vetoed by the Governor.  SB 269 removes the tax credit that was the focus of the Governor’s veto, reduces the employee ceiling for qualifying businesses from 100 to 50 employees, and makes other clarifying changes.

“This is a major victory for all Californians,” said Senator Roth.  “SB 269 is a bipartisan, commonsense solution that will guarantee access for disabled Californians by providing small businesses with the tools and resources necessary to comply with state and federal disability access regulations. I am glad the Governor agrees with the critical need for this reform, and I am proud to have delivered this victory for California’s small businesses and disability community.”

April 25, 2016

Senate Bill 269 would improve compliance with disability access regulations while protecting small businesses from the threat of predatory lawsuits

(Sacramento, CA)  -- Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to protect California’s small businesses and the disabled community has been approved by the State Senate on a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 38-0. 

Senate Bill 269 is a modified version of last year’s Senate Bill 251, which was also authored by Senator Roth but vetoed by the Governor. SB 269 removes the tax credit that was the focus of the Governor’s veto, reduces the employee ceiling for qualifying businesses from 100 to 50 employees, and makes other clarifying changes.

April 20, 2016

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement today on the passing of Jacques “Jack” Yeager:
 
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Mr. Jacques Yeager, a truly influential leader, philanthropist and entrepreneur who dedicated his life to making our region an even greater place to live, work and raise our families. As a man deeply devoted to his family, community and country, Mr. Yeager leaves behind an indelible mark on not only our region’s infrastructure but also our way of life. His legacy will live on in the many projects he championed, which quite literally put Inland Southern California on the map. I am proud to have known Mr. Yeager and my thoughts and deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones. He will truly be missed.”

April 13, 2016

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to protect California’s small businesses and the disabled community was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote.

Senate Bill 269 is a modified version of last year’s Senate Bill 251, which was also authored by Senator Roth but vetoed by the Governor. SB 269 removes the tax credit that was the focus of the Governor’s veto, reduces the employee ceiling for qualifying businesses from 100 to 50 employees, and makes other clarifying changes.

April 07, 2016

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to protect police officers and firefighters catastrophically injured in the line of duty has been approved by the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on a bipartisan vote of 4-0.

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.

“When a police officer is shot in the line of duty, when a firefighter takes a beam to the back protecting our homes and families, whenever our public safety officials are catastrophically injured protecting us, they deserve to know we will have their back.” said Senator Roth.  “SB 897 will ensure that our frontline heroes who are catastrophically injured have more time to recover from their injuries, without the fear of losing critical healthcare and disability benefits.”

March 17, 2016

Senate Bill 22 would not only fund additional residency positions, but also address physician shortages by providing for the training of more primary care physicians across California.

SACRAMENTO — On Friday, March 18, the results of the National Resident Matching Program will be announced, informing thousands of California medical students where they have been approved to extend their medical training as part of a residency program. Even so, hundreds of qualified candidates will not be accepted due to a lack of funding for graduate medical training in the state, highlighting a need to pass Senate Bill 22.

The event, known as “Match Day,” takes place after medical students — typically in their final year — have applied for the residency programs of their choice. Eventually, both the students and programs rank their preferences, and the results are announced on the third Friday in March.

March 14, 2016

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) measure to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes passed the State Senate today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 38-0.

“I am proud to have authored Senate Resolution 63 and thank my colleagues in the State Senate for joining me in raising awareness of this life threatening disease,” said Senator Roth.  “Educating parents regarding Type 1 diabetes is critical to diagnosing and treating this condition early and effectively, helping ensure children and adolescents learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.”

Despite common misconceptions, diet and lifestyle are not causes of Type 1 diabetes and it cannot be prevented.  It is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease for which there is currently no cure. 

March 03, 2016

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment of Jane Carney to the California State University Board of Trustees today:

“I am tremendously and sincerely pleased that Jane Carney, one of Inland Southern California’s most dedicated and accomplished community leaders and public servants, has been appointed to the CSU Board of Trustees.  Having championed Inland Southern California’s issues for over three decades, Jane will continue to be one of the strongest advocates for our region, students and their families. 

January 27, 2016

Senate Bill 22 establishes a public private partnership to increase the number of medical residency positions in California’s underserved areas

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to fix the state’s dire physician shortage by funding additional medical residency slots was approved by the State Senate today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 39-0.

“Senate Bill 22 builds on the success of fully funding the UC Riverside School of Medicine by providing the resources necessary to train tomorrow’s doctors,” said Senator Roth. “SB 22 establishes a funding framework based on a public-private partnership that is critical to addressing Inland Southern California and the state’s long term physician needs.”

Upon graduation from medical school, all graduates are required to formally train in what is known as a residency program in order to become practicing physicians. The length of this program varies by specialty, but for family medicine it typically takes three years.  Placement in a residency program comes down to match day, when new graduates are “matched” with a residency program.

January 25, 2016

First bill in California’s history and only second in Nation to codify veterans’ rights into law gains momentum as it heads to State Assembly

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) announced today that Senate Bill 112, also known as the Veterans Bill of Rights, has passed the California State Senate on a bipartisan vote of 37-0.

“I believe every veteran is entitled to certain fundamental rights as a result of their service and sacrifice, particularly as they come home and transition back to civilian life, and I thank my colleagues for supporting this measure,” said Senator Roth, who served for 32 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2007 in the grade of Major General.  “Returning military service members are often unaware of their rights with respect to housing, mental and physical health services, disability benefits, interactions with organizations and state agencies, as well as the rights of their spouses, partners and dependents.  We can – and must – do better.”