Press Releases

Veterans Bill of Rights Approved by State Senate

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.”

Senator Roth’s Proposal to Protect Small Businesses, Ensure ADA Compliance Approved by Assembly Judiciary Committee

January 19, 2016

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to protect California’s small businesses and the disabled community was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee today on a bipartisan vote of 9-0.

Senate Bill 269 is a modified version of last year’s Senate Bill 251, which was also authored by Senator Roth and 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.

Senator Roth's "Veterans Bill of Rights" Approved by Senate Committee

January 12, 2016

First bill in California’s history and only second in Nation to codify veterans’ rights into law passes on bipartisan, unanimous vote

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) announced today that Senate Bill 112, also known as the Veterans Bill of Rights, has passed the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 5-0.

Senator Roth’s Statement on the Governor’s 2016-17 Budget Proposal

January 07, 2016

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2016-17 budget:

Senator Roth Praises Decision to Build New Air Force Stealth Bomber in California

October 27, 2015

Roth, a retired two-star Air Force general who authored critical legislation to bring the project to California, calls the project a “smart investment” in economy and national security

RIVERSIDE, CA  -- Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) praised the Department of Defense and United States Air Force’s selection today of Northrop Grumman Corp to build the Air Force’s new strategic bomber aircraft in California.

Senator Roth’s Statement on Governor’s Veto of Senate Bill 251

October 12, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement on the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 251:

“I was baffled to receive a voicemail Saturday morning from the Governor’s office informing me that SB 251, a proposal with widespread bipartisan support in the Legislature, had been vetoed.

“I am even more confused about his veto message. The disabled community and small business owners agreed the tax credit was a wise and prudent part of this proposal.  Neither side raised any issue of concern with it over the course of our year-long negotiations.

Senator Roth to Host Free “Pathways to Higher Education” Conference in Riverside

October 01, 2015

Free event will give students and parents in-depth look at what it takes to be college and career ready

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) will host a FREE “Pathways to Higher Education” conference in conjunction with the Riverside Unified School District on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at John W. North High School in Riverside.

Senator Roth to Host “Pathways to Higher Education” Conference in Jurupa Valley

September 21, 2015


Free event gives students and parents in-depth look at what it takes to be college and career ready

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) announced today that he will be hosting a FREE “Pathways to Higher Education” conference in conjunction with the Jurupa Unified School District on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Jurupa Valley to Honor Senator Roth for his Fight to Save Riverside County’s Newest Cities

September 16, 2015

(JURUPA VALLEY, CA) -- Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) announced today that the City of Jurupa Valley will recognize him with a proclamation for his fight to save Riverside County’s newest cities on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Local leaders are praising Senator Roth’s bipartisan leadership and hard work with the successful passage of Senate Bill 107, the local government budget trailer bill that provides financial relief for Riverside County’s newest cities.

“Senator Roth has been fighting not only for our city but for all of Riverside County’s newest cities since before he was even elected to office,” said Jurupa Valley Mayor pro Tem Laura Roughton.  “Senator Roth has been a steadfast advocate for our region and its issues, setting a stellar example of how a legislator should serve: rising above politics and focusing on the issues.  We owe Senator Roth a tremendous debt of gratitude for making our region’s issues a top priority in Sacramento.”

State Senate Sends Measure Helping Riverside County’s Newest Cities to Governor

September 11, 2015

Senate Bill 107 includes critical provisions to erase debt incurred by Riverside County cities as a result of 2011 Vehicle License Fee shift

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 107, the local government budget trailer bill providing a major victory for Riverside County’s newest cities: