Current Releases & Opinion

Today, the California State Legislature voted on Senate Bill 826 (D-Leno), the Budget Act of 2016. SB 826 will spend a record $122.5 billion dollars out of the General Fund, which is an increase of nearly $7 billion dollars from the previous year. Senate Republicans believe the Golden State deserves better than this risky, record spending budget that fails to meet the priorities of Californians.
Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after the terrorist attack that killed nearly 50 people and injured dozens of attendees at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Today, members of the Legislative Women’s Caucus raised awareness about sexual assault on college campuses by reading excerpts of the Stanford University rape survivor’s impact statement on the Senate floor.
Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) and members of the Republican Caucus recently sent a letter to the California Board of Prison Terms Commissioner Arthur Anderson urging him to deny parole of convicted murderer Steven John Burns.
Today, Chairman Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Vice Chairman Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee sent a letter to Secretary of State Alex Padilla requesting further investigation into KCBS/KCAL’s reports of voter fraud in Southern California.
Today, the majority party of the Senate Committee on Appropriations blocked eight Senate Republican priority bills that work to make California affordable. As a result, the full Senate will miss an opportunity to vote up or down on these eight bills helping seniors, renters, parents, students, and low-income Californians.