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Protecting Students from Sexual Predators
April 3, 2018
Should educators who commit acts of sex abuse be able to move from school to school, all the while concealing their crimes and putting more children at risk? The answer is an obvious “no.” Sadly, however, it happens. The vast majority of teachers and school employees are dedicated and caring...
Morrell Monthly: March 2018
March 28, 2018
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | 1,500 Training Hours and $125 to Shampoo Hair? | High-Speed Rail Costs Keep Climbing | Leadership Award Recipient Kim Carter | Woman of the Year | Photos | New 10% tax on California employers? | Churchill on Duty
Sen. Morrell Honors San Bernardino's Shelley Burnach as Woman of the Year at State Capitol
March 13, 2018
SACRAMENTO – On March 12, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) honored Shelley Burnach of San Bernardino during the Woman of the Year ceremony at the State Capitol. Burnach was previously recognized as the 23rd Senate District Woman of the Year at the senator’s Women of Distinction ceremony...
Morrell Monthly: February 2018
February 28, 2018
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Message | Bills I’m Working On | Proposition 57 - Early Release for Sex Offenders? | After Four Years, Whistleblower Protection Act Signed | Small Business Forum a Success | Responders to San Bernardino Terror Attack Honored with Medal of Valor | Photos | I-15 Toll Lanes Up for Review | Why We Still Look to Washington & Lincoln
State Legislature Approves Whistleblower Protections for Capitol Staff
February 5, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, the state legislature sent to the governor Assembly Bill 403 , a measure authored by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) to extend state worker whistleblower protections to legislative employees. Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) is a coauthor of the measure...
Morrell Monthly: January 2018
January 31, 2018
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Message | 2018 Patriots of the Past, Present, & Future - Nominations Open | 2018-19 State Budget | Governor’s State of the State Address | Photos | Tax Help Day – Saturday, February 3 | Every Kid in a Park | Career Education Opportunities at Community Colleges | Martin Luther King on the Declaration of Independence
Senator Mike Morrell Responds to Governor Brown's 2018 State of the State Address
January 25, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, today issued the following statement following Governor Jerry Brown’s 2018 State of the State Address: “The governor’s State of the State Address was filled with promises of utopian dreams of a government bureaucracy that plans, controls, and...
Senator Mike Morrell Responds to Governor Brown's Proposed 2018-19 State Budget
January 10, 2018
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal for 2018-19:
4th of July Events Across the 23rd Senate District
June 29, 2017
John Adams believed that the day marking our nation’s birth would be “ celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.” He expected and encouraged all Americans to commemorate the occasions with “Pomp and Parade…from one End of this Continent to the other.” In the week...
Senator Mike Morrell Responds to Passage of 2017-18 State Budget
June 15, 2017
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) today issued the following statement in response to legislative Democrats’ passage of the 2017-18 state budget:
Sacramento Democrats Kill Morrell Measure to Reaffirm Commitment to Protecting Taxpayers
June 7, 2017
Today, Democrats on the Senate Governance and Finance Committee blocked Senate Resolution 39 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), a measure that would have recognized the historic passage of Proposition 13 and its role in keeping property taxes low for homeowners.
Morrell: Senate Democrats Should Hold Candidates for Every Elected Office to Transparency Standards
June 2, 2017
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) made the following statement following the passage of SB 149 (McGuire, D-Healdsburg) in the state senate:
Morrell Statement on Senate Democrats' Passage of Single-Payer, Government-Run Health Care
June 1, 2017
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats pushed through SB 562 by Senators Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Garden) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), which will disrupt Californians’ health care delivery by creating a government-run, single-payer system:
Senate Passes Morrell Bill to Increase Legislative Accountability
May 31, 2017
This week, the California State Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 679 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), which would take a step toward further discouraging the revolving door of legislators resigning office and becoming lobbyists.
Opinion: Real story behind largest gas tax increase in California history
May 19, 2017
In April, Democratic leaders forced through the state Legislature $5.2 billion annually in new and permanent taxes on drivers across California, amounting to the largest gas tax increase in state history.
Sacramento Democrats Pushing a 'Sanctuary State' Bill - And Gambling With Our Safety
May 8, 2017
For years, Democratic leaders have taken California in a perilous direction. Our state has some of the highest taxes and is frequently ranked the worst place to do business by CEOs from around the nation. Democrats promote big government policies ranking the state above citizens. Tax dollars are not used as promised, resulting in struggling schools and the highest poverty rate in the nation. However, now a line is being crossed in the worst way.
Morrell Monthly: April/May 2017
May 5, 2017
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Message | Sacramento Democrats Push Through Gas Tax | Veterans Legislation Clears Senate Committees | Senate Committee Blocks Pension Reporting Bill | Bill Extending Lobbying Ban Moves Ahead | Women of Distinction 2017 - Nominations Open | Photos | Veterans Choice Program Extended | Ready for Wildfire App - Thanks, CAL FIRE! | Intern Spotlight - Megan Rohn | Tax Freedom Day 2017 | Winston Churchill - “Never give in.”
Senator Morrell Responds to Governor's Signing of Gas Tax
April 28, 2017
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the largest gas tax increase in state history:
Nominations Open for 2016 Women of Distinction Awards
May 24, 2016
Each year, Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, hosts the annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony & Dinner to recognize extraordinary women from around the 23rd Senate District who have positively impacted their community. The nomination window for this year’s event is now open through August 1, 2016.
Fire Fee Transparency Measure Approved by Senate
May 2, 2016
The State Senate has approved Senate Bill 1136 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) to require that the legislature and the public regularly receive more detailed information regarding the spending of money generated by the controversial fire prevention fee.
Morrell Monthly: April 2016
April 29, 2016
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Keeping You Posted | Patriots of the Past, Present, & Future 2016 | At The Capitol & Around the 23rd | Fire Tax Town Halls | Legislative Update | The Next Generation: Taisiya Tveretinova | Autism Awareness Month | Tax Day Comes Twice for Californians | Worth Repeating
Senate Republicans: Working to Make California Affordable
April 26, 2016
California students and disabled veterans stood with the Senate Republican Caucus at a press conference today highlighting 11 Senate Republican priority bills that work to make California affordable.
Senator Morrell to Host Military Family Pancake Breakfast in San Jacinto
April 21, 2016
On Saturday, April 23, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) will host a free pancake breakfast for veterans, active duty service members, reservists, and their families to thank them for their dedication to our country.
Senate Public Safety Committee Kills Morrell Bill to Protect Memorials Honoring Veterans and First Responders
April 20, 2016
Yesterday, despite bipartisan support, Democrats on the Senate Committee on Public Safety rejected Senate Bill 1080 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), which would have held individuals who vandalize the gravesites or memorials of veterans or first responders to greater accountability for their crimes.
Local Veterans, Young Leaders Honored at 3rd Annual Patriots of the Past, Present & Future Recognition Ceremony
April 12, 2016
On Friday, April 1, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) hosted the third annual Patriots of the Past, Present and Future Recognition Ceremony at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, where he joined the community in honoring local veterans, service members, and young leaders from around...
Morrell Measure to Ease Veteran Entrance into California Workforce Passes First Senate Committee
April 6, 2016
SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 1155 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), which would reduce costs for veterans re-entering the state’s civilian workforce, was passed unanimously by the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development this week. “Thousands of veterans make the...
Senator Morrell and Assemblyman Obernolte to Hold Fire Tax Town Halls in Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear
April 4, 2016
On Saturday, April 16, Senator Mike Morrell and Assemblyman Jay Obernolte will hold two community forums to discuss the status of the controversial state fire prevention “fee”, more commonly known as the fire tax.
Gas prices already inflated by government; more taxes aren't the answer
April 3, 2016
Why is the price of gas so much higher in California? The answer primarily lies in a state government that tries, in President Reagan’s words, to tax and regulate everything that moves.
Senator Mike Morrell Announces 2015 Women of Distinction
August 13, 2015
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has announced the list of honorees selected for the 11th Annual Women of Distinction Ceremony and Dinner. The evening will highlight the work of 44 women from throughout the 23rd Senate District who make a positive difference in their communities.
Morrell Bill to Help Active Duty Personnel Complete College Degrees Signed into Law
August 10, 2015
SACRAMENTO – After receiving unanimous and bipartisan support in both houses of the legislature, Senate Bill 418 by Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, was signed into law by the Governor. The measure will aid student veterans who have been called to active duty while attending a California...
Giving veterans a break in earning degrees
August 8, 2015
Many of the men and women who risk their lives for our country are also students pursuing their college education. They are tasked with the challenge of balancing military service with their academic and family lives. Students in the military can have a difficult time maintaining continuous...
Morrell Statement on Ontario Airport Agreement
August 6, 2015
Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, issued the following statement in response to the decision announced today to transfer control of Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles to the Ontario International Airport Authority: “Today, I join leaders and communities from across our region in...
Taking care of California's most vulnerable
July 30, 2015
For Californians with serious developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism, the services available through regional centers and other community-based programs are a lifeline. The professionals and staff provide care and assistance to equip these individuals with tools and skills...
Morrell Monthly: July 2015
July 28, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE: We’re here to help Connect with me on social media Mobile Office Hours Message Photos Op-Ed: Keeping Californians Safe Op-Ed: State budget bad news for Californians Special Sessions Begin SB 785 Signed into Law July 30: FREE Nonprofit Workshop in Beaumont Save the Date: Ark of Safety...
Sanctuary cities choose criminals over citizens
July 27, 2015
Throughout the nation, cities like San Francisco have enacted policies and ordinances granting themselves this designation in an attempt to shelter undocumented immigrants. But in doing so, these cities have refused to enforce the laws of the United States and, whether through direct or indirect action, have also harbored dangerous felons who flout our laws.
Senator Morrell Authors Resolution Urging Congress to Pass "Kate's Law"
July 17, 2015
Following the tragic shooting death of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco at the hands of a previously deported convicted felon, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 17 to call on Congress to pass legislation that would inhibit the ability of sanctuary cities to harbor deported criminals who have since returned to the United States illegally.
New Revenue Must Help Ensure Patient Access to Health Care
July 16, 2015
Today, Senate Republicans introduced two health care measures to help low-income and disabled Californians gain better access to doctors, nurses, and developmental services. These measures are authored by Senators Jim Nielsen ( R-Gerber ) and Jeff Stone ( R-Riverside County ). The measures are also...
State budget bad news for Californians
July 14, 2015
Also published at The Press Enterprise The state Legislature is constitutionally obligated each year to pass a budget by June 15 and send it to the governor for his signature, setting the spending agenda of state government for the next 12 months. With the budget requiring only a simple majority...
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Why Senate Democrats Oppose Good Budget Transparency Bill
Flash Report - Despite this bill being the perfect opportunity for lawmakers to perform an actual act of transparency, Senate Democrats have a...
California's war on 'economic crimes' raises eerie parallels to communist countries
OC Register - Many of these “economic crimes” simply involve working without the proper license. A study from the Institute for Justice finds that...
Burdensome Licensing Law Turns Shampooers into Criminals
Fox & Hounds - California lawmakers often complain about the limited opportunities for low-income people to find meaningful work and about the...
California state senator wants stricter vetting for teachers investigated for sexual abuse
The Desert Sun - To prevent teachers who have been investigated for sexual abuse from quietly resigning and moving to another school, a state senator...
California needs more answers on assisted suicide
Sacramento Bee - Despite nearly two years of doctor-assisted suicide in California, we know little to nothing about crucial questions: Why are...