Press Releases

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.

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.

March 02, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) will chair an Oversight Hearing of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 4 on Thursday, March 5, 2015, on the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA).

As California’s agency tasked with serving our state’s military veterans, CDVA has a distinct and crucial responsibility to identify service gaps to ensure our veterans have access to the services they desperately need and have earned.

February 25, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) has been chosen by the American Veterans Department of California (California AMVETS), an organization that serves California’s military veterans, as their 2014 Legislator of the Year for his continued commitment to fighting for veterans throughout the State.

“I am truly honored to be recognized as California AMVETS’ 2014 Legislator of the Year,” said Senator Roth.  “As an Air Force veteran, I know firsthand the unique challenges our veterans face, especially when they transition to civilian life.

February 13, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) introduced Senate Bill 229 today to help fix California’s judge shortage by funding 12 court judgeships across the State.

The Legislature previously authorized 50 additional judges to meet the shortage without directing any specific funds towards them.  Previous efforts by the Legislature to direct funding towards these positions have been unsuccessful. 

January 16, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) announced today that he has introduced a bill, jointly authored by Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), to streamline and modernize the environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Senate Bill 122 would make the environmental review process under CEQA more efficient while preserving informed environmental decision-making.

January 09, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed 2015-16 state budget:

“The budget released today is an important first step in a process that will develop over the next several months.  I look forward to being part of that process, particularly as Chair of Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration and General Government and as a member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.

January 07, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) will host a Law Enforcement Summit in the City of Perris on Friday, January 23, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Panelists will include Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin, California Highway Patrol (Riverside Area) Captain Amanda Snowden, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shelley Kennedy-Smith and Perris Police Chief Michael Judge.

Panelists will discuss current law enforcement initiatives and provide public safety updates at the state, county and local levels.   

January 06, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) has been appointed by the Senate Rules Committee to the following standing committees of the California State Senate for the 2015-16 legislative session:

January 05, 2015

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s Inaugural Address: