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Morrell and Colleagues Fight Hidden Gas Tax

December 1, 2014
Highland Community News - On the first day of the new legislative session, Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, joined with his Republican colleagues and stakeholder groups to introduce legislation that would eliminate the "hidden" gas tax, which is set to take effect on January 1.

Democrats reject GOP attempts to lift school reserves cap

August 21, 2014
Sacramento Bee - Democrats in the California Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican effort to overturn a state budget provision that caps the amount of money school districts can hold in reserve.

Governor criticizes new-hire pension enhancements

August 20, 2014
Associated Press - Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, criticized the board's vote Wednesday on the Senate floor. He said the pension board should exercise prudence given the fund's losses during the recession.

Why are California lawmakers worried about increased fuel costs?

July 16, 2014
Landline Magazine - A group of California state lawmakers are pushing to delay putting fuels under the state’s cap-and-trade program.

California lawmakers, industry groups join to oppose gas tax in emissions cap program

July 2, 2014
Daily Bulletin - A bipartisan group of local lawmakers are joining business groups in a campaign to oppose an air quality regulation they say will lead to higher gas and goods costs for consumers.

California GOP senators introduce ethics bill after lawmaker arrests

May 28, 2014
Los Angeles Times - With Democratic senators watering down a key ethics bill, Republican lawmakers on Wednesday proposed their own package of changes in response to criminal charges filed against three California senators.

Insurance plan for farmworkers falls short of Obamacare rules

May 26, 2014
Los Angeles Times - Two landmark liberal healthcare achievements are on a collision course in California, and the result could be higher costs for taxpayers.

GOP senators push to double bribery sentences

May 10, 2014
AP - Three Republican state senators are calling for increased criminal penalties for lawmakers convicted of taking bribes under state law, a move that comes as two Democratic colleagues face federal corruption charges.

New ethics rules proposed for California Senate

May 9, 2014
Los Angeles Times - Amid concerns that proposed tougher ethics restrictions may not have enough support to become law this year, leaders of the state Senate are proposing that many of them be adopted as house rules in the interim.

Redlands community leaders at forefront of Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 31, 2014
The Sun - Before a presidential proclamation in 1983 designated April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, efforts were under way in Redlands to address the problem.