Press Releases

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.”

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.

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.

January 07, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

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.