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Morrell Measure to Keep Energy Costs Low and Transparent Approved by First Committee
April 21, 2015
The Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee approved SB 728 by Senator Morrell to require the CA Public Utilities Commission to evaluate the economic impact of increasing the standards for renewable energy procurement.
Drought legislation is an 'emergency' expansion of government power
April 15, 2015
Amidst one of California’s worst droughts on record, the governor and legislative Democrats used growing public concern to push through new laws and regulations that, of all things, will likely result in more water for the environment than for the people of our state.
Morrell Bill to Help Active Duty Personnel Complete College Degrees Passes First Committee
April 9, 2015
SACRAMENTO – By a unanimous and bipartisan vote, members of the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 418 by Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, to aid active duty service members attending a California State University or California Community College finish their college degrees. “...
Morrell Monthly: March 2015
March 27, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE: Connect With Me On Social Media | Mobile Office Hours | Message from Mike | Photos | Senate Committee Kills Fire Tax Repeal Effort | Prohibiting State-Funded University and College Campuses from Banning the U.S. Flag | REMINDER: Coffee in Highland on Saturday | Fire Tax Town Hall | Patriots of the Past, Present, and Future | Remembering Last Year’s “Patriots” | INTERN SPOTLIGHT: Melissa Patterson | Milton Friedman on Capitalism | Helping the poor by spending more?
Majority Party Blocks Morrell Legislation to Repeal Fire Fee
March 24, 2015
Today, legislative Democrats on the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, by a vote of 2-7, killed Senate Bill 198 by Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, which would repeal the costly and controversial fire prevention fee, also commonly known as the fire tax.
Morrell Calls for Budget Process to be More Open to Public
March 23, 2015
Legislative Democrats today circumvented a legitimate state budget process by approving legislation that paves the way for passage of a brokered budget deal later this spring. Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, responded to the approval of these “spot” bills:
Legislators Announce Effort to Prohibit State-Funded University and College Campuses from Banning the U.S. Flag
March 9, 2015
On Monday afternoon, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) joined Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) and several of their colleagues to jointly announce that they will introduce a Senate Constitutional Amendment on Wednesday prohibiting state-funded colleges and universities from banning the...
Morrell Authors Legislation to Repeal Fire Fee
February 12, 2015
Igniting another debate over the controversial fire prevention fee imposed on rural property owners, Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, has introduced Senate Bill 198 to repeal the illegal tax altogether.
Publisher and Philanthropist Hardy Brown Honored at State Senate
February 10, 2015
In recognition of his work in the community and role in the California media industry, Senators Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Connie Leyva, D-Chino, presented Black Voice News publisher and California Black Media co-founder Hardy Brown, Sr. with a Senate resolution on Monday. “Hardy’s life...
California shouldn't force a political agenda on state pension system
February 9, 2015
CalPERS and CalSTRS are not financial laboratories for solving every ill. The great British Prime Minister Winston Churchill warned against the state becoming involved in shaping private enterprise and propping up favored industries. Too many families have too much at stake for such experiments. When the Legislature injects itself in the process, it is everyday Californians who end up covering those losses, usually with higher taxes.
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Will the Legislature Finally Act to Break California's Housing Logjam?
Podcast interview with the Pacific Research Institute’s Tim Anaya on the prospects for free-market housing reform legislation this session.
Will Legislature Act This Year to Keep our Kids SAFE?
Pacific Research Institute - Right now, there’s a growing problem of teachers being investigated for sexual abuse in the classroom quietly resigning...
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...
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...