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The Morrell Report: October 2019
October 31, 2019
In this Issue: Update | Democratic Leaders Risk Independent Contractor Jobs | Signed! Disaster Victim Relief Bill | Remembering Firefighter Brent Witham | Emergency Preparedness | Photos | Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department Welcomes 9 Babies | The Federalist Papers
October 29, 2019
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Signed Into Law: Morrell Legislation to Cut State Licensing Fees for Small Business Disaster Victims
October 21, 2019
SACRAMENTO – The governor has now signed into law SB 601 , a measure by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) which grants state entities authority to waive or reduce governmental licensing fees for businesses experiencing hardship and displacement after emergencies. “SB 601 takes a step toward...
Registration Open for Seventh Annual Disaster Readiness Event
September 19, 2019
SAN BERNARDINO – Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and nonprofit group Building Resilient Communities will once again partner for a seventh year to host the “Ark of Safety Forum” for emergency preparedness on Thursday, October 10, in San Bernardino. The annual event is an opportunity for...
Morrell: Sacramento Democrats Jeopardize Jobs Across California
September 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senate Democrats today passed Assembly Bill 5 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego) , which would enshrine in state law the California Supreme Court’s 2018 Dynamex decision, which further restricts the ability of Californians to work as independent contractors. Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho...
Legislature Sends Morrell Disaster Victim Relief Bill to Governor
September 6, 2019
SACRAMENTO – The state legislature has given its final approval to SB 601 , by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), which would grant the state authority to waive or reduce government licensing fees for businesses recovering after a disaster. “As communities rebuild following major disasters...
Portion of Highway 38 to be Named for Fallen Firefighter Brent Witham
August 27, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Honoring the sacrifice of fallen U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Brent Michael Witham, both houses of the state legislature have passed a resolution to rename part of State Route 38 in San Bernardino County in his memory. Senate Concurrent Resolution 32 , by Senator Mike Morrell (R-...
Senate Republicans Offered a Solution to Assist Independent Contractors
July 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, Republican Senator Mike Morrell ( R-Rancho Cucamonga ) who is the Vice Chair of the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee voiced his opposition and voted against Assembly Bill 5 which seeks to codify a workforce decision that was handed down by the California...
Morrell Monthly: June 2019
June 30, 2019
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Licensing Fee Relief Following Disasters | Veterans Legislation Moving Ahead | SB 673: Transparency in Sex Education | Record State Budget Ups Spending - and Taxes | 23rd Senate District Nonprofit of the Year | Economic Summit in Pass Area | WWII Airman Laid to Rest | Photos | Resources | Reagan on D-Day
Sen. Morrell Issues Statement on 2019-20 State Budget Vote
June 13, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) released the following statement after the legislature’s passage of the main 2019-20 state budget bill ( AB 74 ): “Have you had enough? Despite a record-setting $215-billion budget, including a $22-billion surplus, the governor and legislative...
Morrell Monthly: December 2018
December 20, 2018
In this Issue: We’re here to help | Connect with me on social media | Mobile Office Hours | Holiday Message | Defending Taxpayers | CHP Senior Safety Driving Course | Annual Emergency Preparedness Forum | Applications - Capital Fellows Program | Photos | 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index
Morrell Monthly: October 2018
October 31, 2018
In This Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Legislative Roundup | Reminder • November 2 • CHP Senior Safety Driving Course | Earthquake Brace + Bolt | Edison International Scholarship Program | Around the 23rd Senate District | Mercatus Center: State Fiscal Ratings | Churchill: “We Shall Never Surrender”
CHP Senior Driver Safety Seminar Set for November 2 in Rancho Cucamonga
October 10, 2018
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – On Friday, November 2, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) will partner with the California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, and the City of Rancho Cucamonga to host a senior driver safety course entitled “Age Well, Drive Safely.” The 2-...
Senator Morrell Scores Legislative Wins for California Families, Small Businesses, & Consumers
October 4, 2018
SACRAMENTO – As the state legislature closed out its 2018 legislative year, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) successfully saw signed into law several measures that prioritize protecting consumers and taxpayers, empowering small businesses, and increasing government efficiency. “I attempt...
Morrell Monthly: September 2018
September 28, 2018
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Updated State Budget Information | November 2 • CHP Senior Safety Driving Course | Earthquake Brace + Bolt | Redlands Unified Nutrition Director Receives National Recognition | Thank you, First Responders! | California Pension Debt Among Nation’s Highest | Madison on Liberty
Morrell Monthly: August 2018
August 31, 2018
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | My bills signed into law | September 22 • First Responder Day | September 27 • Ark of Safety Emergency Preparedness Forum | California’s “Move Over” Law | How far does $100 go in California? | Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues
Regional First Responder Day Event to Be Held at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga
August 23, 2018
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council and State Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) invite the community for a day of recognition and free activities at the second annual California First Responder Day, hosted at LoanMart Field, home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Minor League...
Morrell Monthly: July 2018
July 26, 2018
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Accountability for Long DMV Wait Times | Wildfire Preparedness | Heat Precautions & Local Cooling Centers | SB 999 - More to the story | September 22 • First Responder Day | September 27 • Ark of Safety Emergency Preparedness Forum | Photos | Too much license? | Theodore Roosevelt - “The Man in the Arena”
July 19, 2018
Morrell Monthly: June 2018
June 29, 2018
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Independence Day | SB 924 - National Guard Tax Exemptions | SB 999 - Assembly Misses Opportunity, Fails to Pass Bipartisan Measure Increasing Economic Opportunity | State Budget Finalized | Teaching Computer Code in All Grades | September 22 • First Responder Day | September 27 • Ark of Safety Emergency Preparedness Forum | Ready for Wildfire App | Photos | License to Work | Menifee Mayor Neil Winter
Morrell Monthly: December 2017
December 21, 2017
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Message | Op-Ed: Governor’s Higher Gas Taxes Here | Annual Women of Distinction Ceremony | 2018 Patriots of the Past, Present, & Future | Photos | New Driver Licenses for Travel | Holiday Cheer
Senator Morrell Now Accepting Nominations for Veterans Recognition Event
December 13, 2017
In the spring of 2018, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) will host the 5th annual Patriots of the Past, Present, and Future ceremony at March Field Air Museum in Riverside to honor individuals and organizations for their commitment to our nation. The event is a unique opportunity to...
Inland Empire Women Honored by Senator Morrell at Annual Recognition Ceremony
December 1, 2017
This fall, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) partnered with the Businesswomen’s Association of San Bernardino County to host the 2017 Women of Distinction Ceremony, recognizing the work of 36 women from around the 23rd State Senate District. “It’s a privilege each year to honor women from...
Higher gas taxes here thanks to Sacramento
November 22, 2017
Around this time each year, Californians would usually have seen a decrease in gas prices as stations shift from selling the more expensive summer blend gas to the cheaper winter blend. Not this year – and Sacramento Democrats are hoping you won’t notice.
Veterans Day 2017
November 11, 2017
Veterans Day is an opportunity to thank the men and women of our Armed Forces who have served to keep us safe and guard the freedoms enshrined in our founding documents — now, and throughout our history. In his first inaugural address, President Ronald Reagan shared the personal story of Private...
Senator Morrell Receives Perfect Scores for Defending Taxpayers, Protecting California Jobs
November 7, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has announced that he earned perfect scores from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) and the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) for his 2017 vote record championing efforts to protect the money of hardworking Californians...
Morrell Monthly: October 2017
October 27, 2017
In this Issue: Message | Signed! Measure to Increase Legislative Accountability | Signed! Bill Protects Privacy & Personal Information | Senate Defeats Bill to Create Government-Sponsored Drug Injection Programs | Governor Signs “Sanctuary State” Bill | California First Responder Day | Overreaching Power of the California Air Resources Board | November 3 • Women of Distinction 2017 | November 17 • Ark of Safety Emergency Preparedness Forum | Photos | Intern Spotlight - Arianna Chen | Local Emergency Alert Systems | Community Calendars | Worth Repeating | Gas taxes go up November 1!
Registration Open for Fifth Annual Emergency Preparedness Event
October 20, 2017
SAN BERNARDINO – Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) will partner with nonprofit Building Resilient Communities to host the fifth annual “Ark of Safety Forum” on Friday, November 17, at the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino. This event is an opportunity for Inland Empire faith,...
Morrell Push to Increase Legislative Lobbying Ban Signed into Law
October 18, 2017
The governor has signed into law Assembly Bill 1620, principally coauthored by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), which would further discourage the “revolving door” of legislators leaving office to take jobs as lobbyists.
Senator Morrell Announces Women of Distinction Honorees
October 6, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) today announced the list of finalists selected for the 13th Annual Women of Distinction Ceremony and Dinner. The evening will showcase the work of 36 women from throughout the 23rd Senate District who make a difference in their communities. For...
Morrell Monthly: December 2016
December 22, 2016
In this Issue: We’re here to help | Connect with me on social media | Mobile Office Hours | Message | A Look Ahead - More Transparency in 2017 | Lake Arrowhead Veterans Monument Dedicated | Legislator of the Year – Military Officers | 12th Annual Women of Distinction | Patriots of the Past, Present, & Future - Nominations Open! | Photos | Senate Fellow – Scott Terrell | LA Times Article: “California's climate fight could be painful”
California Military Officers Name Senator Morrell 2016 Legislator of the Year
December 14, 2016
The Military Officers Association of America’s California Council of Chapters (Cal-MOAA) recently announced that it has chosen Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) as its 2016 Legislator of the Year.
State Senator Mike Morrell Sworn In for Second Term
December 5, 2016
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) took the oath of office to continue representing the people of the 23rd Senate District at the State Capitol. He issued the following statement: "As I am sworn in today, I want to thank voters for placing their confidence in me to...
Senator Morrell Now Accepting Nominations for Veterans Recognition Event
November 30, 2016
On March 10, 2017, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) will host the 4th annual Patriots of the Past, Present, and Future ceremony and policy forum at March Field Air Museum in Riverside to honor individuals and organizations for their commitment to our nation. The event is a unique...
2016 Women of Distinction Ceremony
November 23, 2016
On October 7, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) partnered with the National Latina Business Women Association – Inland Empire to host the 12th Annual Women of Distinction Ceremony, recognizing 45 women from around the 23rd State Senate District for their work in the community.
Morrell Monthly: October 2016
October 31, 2016
In this Issue: We’re here to help | Connect with me on social media | Mobile Office Hours | State Watchdog: Occupational Licensing Creates Barriers for Veterans | Is the State holding your money or property? | Around the 23rd Senate District | Patriot Spotlight: Chris Williams | Facts & Figures: Gas Taxes State-by-State
Senator Mike Morrell Earns Perfect Marks from National Federation of Independent Business
October 4, 2016
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) today announced that he is one of only 29 lawmakers in 2016 to be recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for his perfect vote record in support of California small businesses.
Senator Mike Morrell Announces 2016 Women of Distinction
September 16, 2016
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) today announced the list of finalists selected for the 12th Annual Women of Distinction Ceremony and Dinner. The evening will highlight the work of 45 women from throughout the 23rd Senate District who make a difference in their communities. “The women we...
Morrell Monthly: September 2016
September 13, 2016
In this Issue: Message | Blue Cut Fire | Photos | SB 1155 - Jumpstarting Veterans’ Civilian Careers | SB 1136 - Assembly Committe Rejects Fire Tax Transparency | Senate Honors Purple Heart Veterans | 23rd District Olympians Compete in Rio | Legislative Update | Community Town Hall - September 28th in Phelan | 2016 Women of Distinction - October 7 | Estefan M. Encarnacion | Matthew Macedo | How far does $100 go in California? | Daily Bulletin: Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters
Assembly Committee Rejects Calls for More Transparency
August 15, 2016
SACRAMENTO – At the recent hearing of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, legislative Democrats sidelined Senator Mike Morrell’s (R-Rancho Cucamonga) Senate Bill 1136 , which would have required additional transparency in state spending of the controversial fire prevention fee , also known as...
Morrell Monthly: December 2015
December 23, 2015
MESSAGE FROM MIKE Dear Friend, On December 2, our community changed forever. During a time of year that is supposed to be filled with joy, we find ourselves simultaneously grieving for those lost, praying for loved ones and the injured, while coming to grips with the fact that the threat of...
Courage, sacrifice -- San Bernardino stands strong
December 21, 2015
On December 2, our community changed forever. We find ourselves simultaneously grieving for those lost, praying for loved ones and the injured, while coming to grips with the fact that the threat of terrorism is now a reality here at home. Yet through it all, the people of our region have demonstrated tremendous resilience as we begin to heal and rebuild our future.
Senator Morrell Now Accepting Nominations for Veterans Recognition Event
December 17, 2015
Each year, Senator Mike Morrell holds a special awards ceremony, dinner, and policy forum to honor veterans, reservists, enlisted service members, and the businesses or organizations that support them.
Joint Statement on Shooting in San Bernardino
December 2, 2015
Today, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino), and Assemblymember Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement on the shooting events in San Bernardino: “Our deepest condolences go out to the victims and their families. We...
Morrell Monthly: November 2015
November 25, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE: We’re here to help | Connect with me on social media | Mobile Office Hours | Message From Mike | What's Going On Around District 23 | Op-Ed: Clean Energy Choices, Not Arbitrary Mandates | Congratulations to this year’s Top Chamber Businesses! | SAVE THE DATE: December Open House | Patriots of the Past, Present, & Future 2016 | Patriot Spotlight: Ryan Orr | The Next Generation: Karen Cervantes | Recommended Reading: Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation | California Debt Estimated at $1.5 Trillion
Senator Morrell Honors Inland Empire Businesses at 5th Annual Awards Ceremony
November 13, 2015
This fall, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) joined with chambers of commerce from around the 23rd Senate District to recognize businesses for their contributions to the economy at the 2015 Top Chamber Business Awards. “It’s a privilege each year to team up with our local chambers of...
California needs clean energy choices, not arbitrary mandates
November 6, 2015
As we have experienced in recent years, energy is increasingly more expensive here in California. In the Los Angeles region alone, energy prices are 45 percent higher than the nationwide average. Under new legislation passed this summer, this trend is only going to get worse.
Morrell Monthly: October 2015
October 30, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE: We’re here to help | Connect with me on social media | Mobile Office Hours | Keeping You Posted | What's Going On Around District 23 | Governor’s Signatures & Vetoes | 11th Annual Women of Distinction | VIDEO: Ark of Safety Forum | November 4 - Connecting Women to Power Conference | Patriot Spotlight: Sam Spagnolo | The Next Generation: Tara Yousif | Recommended Reading: Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 | Business Regulations: Where does California rank?
Senator Mike Morrell Earns Perfect Marks for Pro-Taxpayer Vote Record
October 30, 2015
In its annual assessment of legislators’ votes during the past year, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association recognized Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) for his perfect record defending taxpayers and working against proposals to weaken key property tax protections put in place by voters through Proposition 13.
Local Women Honored at Annual Ceremony Hosted by Senator Morrell
October 28, 2015
On October 16, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) partnered with the National Latina Business Women Association – Inland Empire to host the 11th Annual Women of Distinction Ceremony, recognizing 44 women from around the 23rd State Senate District for their work in the community. Over 340...
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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...
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.
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 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...