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Suit's class-action status at forefront
May 13, 2015
Victor Valley Daily Press - State Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, said lawmakers against the fee have tried two different methods in recent years to push back against it: "One is just try to repeal the law. (The other) is try to make it a little more reasonable."
VOE Chicken Coop Something To Crow About
April 27, 2015
ROTW NEWS - The new chicken coop at Valley of Enchantment Elementary School (VOE) is “officially” open for business as part of the school’s ESTEM project thanks to a generous contribution from the Rim of World Education Foundation and a $4,675 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant.
Local Lawmakers See Progress on Legislation
April 26, 2015
Yucaipa Daily News - State Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) also saw a bill move through committee this week. His bill, SB 728, would require the California Public Utilities Commission to evaluate the economic impact of increasing the standards for renewable energy procurement.
Morrell Measure to Keep Energy Costs Low and Transparent Approved by First Committee
April 21, 2015
Highland Community News - By a bipartisan vote today, the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee approved Senate Bill 728 by Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, to require the California Public Utilities Commission to evaluate the economic impact of increasing the standards...
The Ins and Outs of the Fire Fee
April 16, 2015
Mountain News - The question, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte said at the fire fee town hall meeting sponsored by him and Senator Mike Morrell, is since we are not in a recession now and don’t have a deficit, “why are we still arguing about this tax?”
Morrell/Obernolte: State Fire Fee Is Nothing But A Shell Game
April 12, 2015
ROTW NEWS - State Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga/23) and Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake/33) agree that the State Fire Fee is nothing more than an old-fashioned shell game.
Latest attempt to repeal fire fee fails
April 5, 2015
The Press Enterprise – In a party-line vote, a state Senate committee recently killed the latest effort to repeal the annual Fire Prevention Fee imposed on rural property owners in parts of California.
Fire 'tax' on rural landowners ignites backlash, lawsuit
April 2, 2015
Gilroy Dispatch – More than 4,400 rural residents in Santa Clara County, nearly half in South County, will open mailboxes in May to find bills for a controversial fire protection fee levied by Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting arm. But the fee is under attack by lawmakers who want it repealed and...
Obernolte, Morrell To Host Town Hall Meeting
March 25, 2015
Big Bear Grizzly - State legislators Mike Morrell and Jay Obernolte are joining forces. Senator Morrell and Assemblyman Obernolte host a Fire Tax town hall meeting April 11. The lawmakers will discuss the latest news related to the fire tax and how it may affect local property owners. The meeting...
Fire fee detractors dealt blow
March 24, 2015
Victor Valley Daily Press - State Sen. Mike Morrell’s second attempt to repeal the controversial fire prevention fee was shot down 7-2 Tuesday in a Democratic-led state Senate committee.
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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...
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...
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...