Press Releases

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.”

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.

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.

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.