Press Releases

March 20, 2019

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the Senate Education Committee unanimously approved Senator Richard D. Roth’s proposed legislation to allow for a greater investment in the health and wellness of all Californians. Senate Bill 56 provides a one-time appropriation for the construction of a new University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine facility with an additional investment for ongoing support. The bill is one part of a crucial fix to address the state’s growing health care crisis.

March 04, 2019

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) proudly honored Estella Acuña, University of California, Riverside’s Chicano Student Programs Director, as the 31st Senate District’s Woman of the Year.

February 22, 2019

(SACRAMENTO) – Senator Richard D. Roth, Chair of Budget Sub. No. 1, Education, has introduced Senate Bill 461 to offer college students financial flexibility by making a greater investment in direct-to-student need-based financial aid. SB 461 expands the Cal Grant program, allowing students to receive an additional Summer Cal Grant award for two summer terms of up to 9 units.

While the state’s Cal Grant system is robust, it doesn’t provide dedicated funding for students who want to take advantage of summer courses.

February 15, 2019

(SACRAMENTO) – As stewards of this state, the Legislature is duty-bound to ensure California’s natural resources are appropriately safeguarded. Today, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) introduced Senate Bill 307. Co-authored by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), SB 307 enhances protections to California’s deserts by ensuring any future water transfers – from groundwater basins underlying desert lands – do not adversely affect the desert’s natural or cultural resources, including groundwater resources or sensitive habitats.

February 12, 2019

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s first State of the State address:

January 22, 2019

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Senator Richard D. Roth issued the following statement in response to the 5 to 4 ruling by the United States Supreme Court:

January 09, 2019

(SACRAMENTO) – Senator Richard D. Roth shared his plan for a greater investment in the health and wellness of Inland Southern California. Senate Bill 56 will provide a one-time appropriation for the construction of a new University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine facility with an additional investment for ongoing support. Assemblymembers Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) and Jose Medina (D-Riverside) are both principal co-authors of the bill.

January 07, 2019

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Inauguration:

December 03, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Senator Richard D. Roth introduced legislation to bring six new superior court judgeships to California. Co-authored by Assemblymembers Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) and Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake), Senate Bill 16 seeks to relieve an overwhelming pressure felt in the state’s justice system.

November 13, 2018

RIVERSIDE, CA – Today, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) will hold a media availability following a public hearing by the Career Technology and the New Economy Select Committee. In today’s education landscape, California appears to be suffering a communication breakdown between education and the needs of private industry. Today’s hearing will afford an opportunity to learn about recent funding and education initiatives intended to enhance Career Technology Education, and the role the Legislature can play to ensure its success.