Press Releases

Senator Roth to Chair Oversight Hearing on the California Department of Veterans Affairs

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.

Senator Roth Chosen by American Veterans of California as 2014 Legislator of the Year

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.

Senator Roth Introduces Bill to Fix California’s Judge Shortage

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. 

Senator Roth Introduces Bill to Streamline, Modernize CEQA

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.

Senator Roth’s Statement on the Governor’s Proposed 2015-16 State Budget

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.

Senator Roth to Host Law Enforcement Summit

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.   

Senator Roth Announces 2015-16 Committee Assignments

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:

Senator Roth’s Statement on the Governor’s Inaugural Address

January 05, 2015

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

Senator Roth continues fight to restore funding to Jurupa Valley, other newly incorporated cities

December 02, 2014

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) has introduced legislation to restore funding to four newly incorporated Riverside County cities that lost Vehicle License Fee (VLF) funding due to state budget cuts in 2011.

Senate Bill 25 would restore VLF funding to the cities of Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Menifee and Wildomar that was lost during California’s fiscal crisis.  The City of Jurupa Valley faces likely disincorporation if the VLF funds are not restored.

Senator Roth’s Legislation Providing Water to Customers of Failed County Water Company Sent to Governor Brown

July 03, 2014

Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) proposed new law to provide safe drinking water to 140 homes in Western Riverside County served by the failed, private County Water Company of Riverside passed the State Assembly today on a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 72-0.