Press Releases

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

May 12, 2015

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

“I thank my colleagues for supporting this common-sense, balanced measure to protect the disabled community and small businesses,” said Senator Roth.  “Senate Bill 251 is a critical step in guaranteeing access for disabled Californians by providing small businesses with the tools and resources necessary to comply with state and federal disability access laws.”

Statement on the Arrest of Rodolfo Dehoyos

May 07, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement on the arrest of Rodolfo Dehoyos:

“I commend the Riverside District Attorney’s Office and the Riverside Police Department for their efforts to ensure Mr. Dehoyos no longer takes advantage of our community at the expense of civil rights and small business owners.

Senator Roth’s Measure Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients Approved on Bipartisan, Unanimous Vote

May 05, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) measure to honor the lives and service of three local Medal of Honor recipients passed the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 38 designates the portion of State Highway Route 91 in Riverside from Madison Street to 3rd Street as the “Staff Sergeant Salvador J. Lara, Staff Sergeant Ysmael R. Villegas and Sergeant Jesus S. Duran Memorial Highway.”

Senator Roth’s Proposal to Fix California’s Physician Shortage Passes Senate Health Committee

April 29, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposal to fix the state’s dire physician shortage by funding additional medical residency slots passed the Senate Health Committee today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote.

Sen. Roth’s Bill to Fix California’s Judge Shortage Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

April 21, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) bill to fix California’s judge shortage by funding 11 court judgeships across the State passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote.

Statement on Air Force’s KC-46 Base Decision

April 15, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement on the US Air Force’s decision to not select March Air Reserve Base as a candidate base for the new KC-46 tanker aircraft:

“I am disappointed that the Air Force has failed to recognize the strategic importance of basing the new KC-46 tanker at March Air Reserve Base. March ARB is not only a critical component of the military’s air refueling mission, but also vitally important to our national security mission. I will continue to advocate for March ARB as the ideal location for the KC-46 tanker.”

Senator Roth’s Legislation Restoring Funding to Riverside’s Newest Cities Passes Senate Committee on Bipartisan, Unanimous Vote

April 08, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposed new law restoring lost funding to Riverside County’s four newest cities passed the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote.

Senator Roth to Chair Oversight Hearing on Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage

March 17, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) will chair an Oversight Hearing of the Senate Insurance Committee on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, to examine whether uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage meets consumer needs.

Existing California law requires drivers and vehicle owners to have some way to pay for potential damages they may cause while driving an automobile.  This requirement is usually satisfied by purchasing insurance with minimum coverage of $15,000 per person for bodily injury or death, up to $30,000 per accident, and $5,000 for property damage.

Senator Roth to Chair Oversight Hearing on Department of Consumer Affairs’ BrEZe IT Project

March 10, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) will chair an Oversight Hearing of the Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on Thursday, March 12, 2015, on the Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) BrEZe IT project.

In addition to items proposed by the Governor, the subcommittee will review DCA’s efforts to implement a department-wide automated licensing and enforcement platform known as BreEZe.  The cost of implementing BreEZe has increased by over 300% since it began in 2009, and will now take nearly three years longer to implement than originally planned.

Senator Roth to Chair Oversight Hearing on State Compensation Insurance Fund

March 09, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) will chair an Oversight Hearing of the Senate Insurance Committee on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, on the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF).

Established by the Legislature in 1914 and regulated by the California Department of Insurance (CDI), SCIF now boasts more than 135,000 policyholders, more than $1.4 billion in annual premiums and nearly $20 billion in assets.  As California’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance, SCIF is a self-supporting, non-profit enterprise.