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Nominations Open for 2017 Women of Distinction Awards
April 24, 2017
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...
Democrats Tell a Different Story About Transportation Legislation
April 20, 2017
In early April, Democratic leaders in Sacramento pushed through the largest gas tax increase in state history at $5.2 billion per year (SB 1). Many claims have been made about how much drivers will pay and how exactly the money will be spent. Do these claims square with the facts?
Senator Morrell Statement on Senate's Passage of Largest Gas Tax Increase in State History
April 6, 2017
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement after senators voted to permanently increase the gas tax and car fees on California drivers:
Morrell Monthly: March 2017
March 31, 2017
In this Issue: We’re here to help | Connect with me on social media | Mobile Office Hours | Message | Patriots of the Past, Present, & Future | Patriot of the Year - Leonard Tavernetti | Bills to Improve Jobs Outlook | Co-Authored Legislation | NO to More Gas Taxes | Photos | Northwest Ordinance of 1787 | Gas Taxes State by State
Senator Morrell Responds to Sacramento Democrats' Deal to Permanently Increase Gas Taxes
March 29, 2017
Today, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats announced a plan to enact $5 billion per year in new gas taxes and fees on California drivers:
Morrell: Legislative Democrats Vote to Keep Californians in Dark about Size of Unfunded Public Pension Liabilities
March 28, 2017
Refusing to give Californians a real picture of the state’s unfunded public pension liabilities, Democrats on the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee killed SB 601 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), which would have required the state’s public pension systems to disclose...
Sen. Morrell Announces Legislation to Improve California Jobs Outlook
March 22, 2017
Noting that the state’s economic recovery has been a slow and uneven one, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) announced that he has authored legislation to increase the confidence of small businesses as they decide to either locate or invest in California.
Democrats' Valentine to California Drivers: New Taxes
February 14, 2017
Today, Democrats on the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee wished California taxpayers a “Happy Valentine’s Day” by voting to advance Senate Bill 1 (Beall, D-San Jose), which would significantly increase gas taxes and vehicle registration fees in California. Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) opposed the measure.
Senator Morrell Urges Congress to Pass "Kate's Law"
February 2, 2017
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) announced that he has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 4, calling on Congress to pass a proposed law creating a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison for an individual that has returned to the United States illegally after having been deported and previously convicted of a felony here.
Morrell Monthly: January 2017
February 1, 2017
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Message | San Bernardino County students participate in mock trial | Ark of Safety Forum - Disaster Preparedness | The Unforgettables Foundation - Annual Hearts Awards | Patriots of the Past, Present, & Future - March 10 | Patriot Spotlight: Justin Crabbe | Photos | Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address | Fiscal Realities Facing California
Morrell Monthly: March 2016
March 31, 2016
In this Issue: We’re here to help | Connect with me on social media | Mobile Office Hours | Keeping You Posted | At The Capitol & Around the 23rd | Helping Veterans Transition Home | Op-Ed: More gas taxes aren’t the answer | San Bernardino County at the Capitol | Community Coffee - April 2 in Redlands | Fire Tax Town Halls - April 16 | Patriot Spotlight: Filming of Hemet WWII veteran’s story set to start | The Next Generation: Clementine Garrett | Facts & Figures - State Controller: California’s Debt Rises to $175.1 Billion | In Memoriam: Remembering Nancy Reagan
Legislative Inland Empire Caucus Honors San Bernardino Terror Attack First Responders and Emergency Personnel
March 30, 2016
On Monday, March 28, members of the bipartisan Inland Empire Caucus recognized individuals representing the over 300 first responders and emergency personnel who responded to the December 2, 2015 terror attack on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
Fire Fee Transparency Measure Passes First Committee
March 28, 2016
Senate Bill 1136 , legislation authored by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) to require more detailed information on how CalFire spends money generated by the controversial fire prevention fee, was recently passed by a unanimous vote of the Senate Natural Resources Committee. “I and many...
2016 Patriots of the Past, Present, & Future to be held April 1 at March Field Air Museum
March 7, 2016
On Friday, April 1, 2016, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) will host the third annual Patriots of the Past, Present and Future Recognition Ceremony at March Field Air Museum in Riverside County.
Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Nancy Reagan
March 6, 2016
"Mrs. Reagan played a vital role in establishing a legacy of principle and duty that still resonates today. She and President Reagan were the perfect partners. Their marriage was anchored not only in their love for one another, but also in their deep commitment to our state and nation. Together...
Senator Morrell Announces Veterans Legislative Package
March 4, 2016
Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has announced that he is authoring three bills this legislative session to help veterans transition to civilian life and honor the memories of fallen service members.
Morrell Monthly: February 2016
February 26, 2016
In this Issue: We’re here to help | Connect with me on social media | Mobile Office Hours | Keeping You Posted | At the Capitol & around the 23rd | Shining a Light on Fire Fee Spending | Op-Ed: Friends, neighbors help where need is greatest | Community Coffee - Rescheduled | SAVE THE DATE: Patriots of the Past, Present, & Future 2016 | Remembering Last Year’s Patriots | The Next Generation: Riane Castro | Facts & Figures: General Fund No Longer Majority of Spending | Recommended Reading: The American Idea: What It Is, Why It Matters, and Why It Is in Jeopardy
Morrell Legislation Shines Light on Fire Fee Spending
February 19, 2016
Continuing his work on behalf of property owners assessed a legally questionable fire prevention fee, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has introduced Senate Bill 1136 to require CalFire to report more detailed information on how it spends State Responsibility Area fire fee revenue.
Friends, neighbors help where need is greatest
February 18, 2016
Each February for the last five years, I have had the privilege of participating in the Unforgettable Heart Awards, an annual event to honor charities and volunteer organizations throughout the Inland Empire for the work they do in our community.
Health Care Tax Wrong Prescription for Californians
February 3, 2016
As the legislative special session on health care continues, Senators Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) today said majority Democrats should focus less on tax increases and more on existing budget resources to fund medical services for the state’s most vulnerable.
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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
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Burdensome Licensing Law Turns Shampooers into Criminals
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