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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
Sen. Morrell Statement on 2018-19 State Budget Vote
June 15, 2018
“My colleague Senator John Moorlach of Orange County, who served on the budget conference committee, said it well during the floor debate on the budget process: ‘The real work is supposedly done by the Governor, by the Speaker of the Assembly, and the President pro Tem…it appears that the budget...
Senate Agrees with Morrell: Let Activated National Guard Members Keep More of their Pay for Emergency Service
May 31, 2018
When called up during emergencies, California’s National Guard serves at the command of the governor. Their missions include responding to natural disasters such as wildfires, floods, and earthquakes. SB 924 , by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), would exempt from state income taxes income...
You Need a License to Shampoo and Curl Hair in California?
May 31, 2018
Do students really have to pay $7,500 to $19,000 in classwork and training to shampoo and curl hair? Thanks to California’s licensing laws, the answer is yes. On top of schooling costs, aspiring workers in these fields are also required to complete over 1,500 hours of training, take several exams,...
Morrell Monthly: May 2018
May 24, 2018
In this Issue: Mobile Office Hours | Memorial Day | SB 999 - Taking on Burdensome Occupational Licensing | SB 1456 - Keeping Students Safe | SB 924 - National Guard Tax Exemptions | SB 1485 - Money for Charities, Not More Government | Governor Releases Revised State Budget | Photos | Occupational Licensing Across America | Thatcher on Taxpayer Dollars
Dollars for Charities, Not More Government
May 14, 2018
Polling indicates that 74 percent of voters would prefer to see their money go to charities they trust rather than to government. The same poll found that 88 percent also support making it easier for taxpayers to deduct charitable contributions. Besides, it is our money.
National Guard Members Activated in Emergencies Shouldn't Pay State Income Tax for Service
April 25, 2018
Nearly 40 million Californians rely on just 23,000 members of the California National Guard to be ready in emergency situations. When the governor calls up Guard Members to respond to disasters like last year’s devastating wildfires, these men and women leave fulltime day jobs and place their lives...
Sen. Morrell Successful in First Vote to Wash Out Occupational Licensing Requirement for Shampooing Hair
April 16, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Senate Committee on Business, Professions, and Economic Development passed SB 999 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), which would start tackling California’s burdensome occupational licensing system by repealing the requirements to work in a number of personal care...
Senator Morrell Statement on SAFE Act
April 12, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the following statement on SB 1456, the Sexual Abuse-Free Education (SAFE) Act , after its consideration by the Senate Education Committee on April 11, 2018. The measure aims to protect K-12 students by preventing educators and staff who...
MEDIA ADVISORY: Victims of past student sex abuse cases to testify in support of California SAFE Act – Tomorrow, April 11
April 10, 2018
On Wednesday, April 11, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) will present SB 1456, the Sexual Abuse-Free Education (SAFE) Act , in the Senate Education Committee, advocating for reforms that will better protect students from educators guilty of sex abuse who jump from school to school. He will...
1,500 training hours and $125 to shampoo hair?
April 9, 2018
Did you know California requires a license to work in over 300 different jobs? Everything from tree trimming and interior design to makeup artistry and yes – even shampooing – makes the list. It is a distinction that has prompted the Institute for Justice to rank the state as the “ most broadly and...
Protecting Students from Sexual Predators
April 3, 2018
Should educators who commit acts of sex abuse be able to move from school to school, all the while concealing their crimes and putting more children at risk? The answer is an obvious “no.” Sadly, however, it happens. The vast majority of teachers and school employees are dedicated and caring...
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