Releases and Articles

January 14, 2019
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents the Town of Paradise and the surrounding communities devastated by Camp Fire, issued the following statement: “The horrific Camp Fire has had a devastating impact on thousands of lives, and survivors are earnestly putting their lives back together...
January 9, 2019
President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he “ordered FEMA to send no more money” to the State of California. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), who represent the Town of Paradise, issued the following statement: “The Camp Fire devastated the Town of...
January 7, 2019
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents the Town of Paradise and the surrounding communities devastated by Camp Fire, congratulated Governor Gavin Newsom in the following statement: “Congratulations to Governor Gavin Newsom for becoming the 40th Governor of the great State of California. “...

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June 6, 2018
Under the provisions of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, convicted Sexually Violent Predator Christopher Lawyer was allowed to move to California and resided in Carmichael. Today, Judge Fiorini revoked his parole and ordered that state corrections officials advise Colorado...
April 25, 2018
State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents the area where the suspect apparently lived and committed many of his crimes, released the following statement following the arrest of the East Area Rapist: “Like many California residents who lived through this time when these horrific crimes...
April 19, 2018
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) shared his memories of former First Lady Barbara Bush during Thursday's floor session of California State Senate. Known for her straight talk and love of family, Mrs. Bush was memorialized in the California State Senate Journal for “a life of service to others.”...
January 5, 2018
Today, the Oroville Independent Forensic Team released its final investigative report on what caused the Oroville Dam spillway failure in February 2017. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents Oroville and the surrounding communities, issued the following statement: “From my initial review...
January 4, 2018
OROVILLE – Today, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), and Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) reiterated their request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it delay the issuance of the new license for the Oroville Dam Facilities until...

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August 24, 2017
Holding all the power in Sacramento with a supermajority, Democrat politicians passed another measure in Thursday’s Senate Session to tip the scale in favor of their fellow lawmaker. This is not their first attempt to protect their supermajority while taking power away from citizen voters. Citizens...
July 25, 2017
The Governor today signed Assembly Bill 398 (Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella), an onerous measure that will raise an additional $0.63 per gallon in taxes on California drivers. In total, drivers will be forced to pay an additional $0.82 per gallon once the gas taxes passed earlier this year – which...
July 18, 2017
The Legislature yesterday passed out two onerous measures – Assembly Bill 398 (Eduardo Garcia) and Assembly Bill 617 (Cristina Garcia) – that will raise taxes on California drivers. Once fully implemented, Californians will have to pay another $0.63* per gallon to fuel our cars, on top of the...
July 17, 2017
Following the presentations of Assembly Bill 398 (Eduardo Garcia) and Assembly Bill 617 (Cristina Garcia), two measures that push for the expansion of the cap-and-trade program and raise more taxes on all Californians, Democrat members of the Senate Appropriations Committee passed both measures...
July 7, 2017
Less than six months after a scathing audit of its budgetary practices, the University of California (UC) once again betrayed the trust of Californians and the Legislature by admitting more out-of-state students – who each pay an additional $26,000 in annual fees – over Californians who are...
July 5, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Despite opposition from the overwhelming majority of police chiefs, county sheriffs and law enforcement officials, Assembly Democrats approved a proposal that would make California a safe haven for convicted felons who are in the country illegally. Former chairman of California’s...
June 27, 2017
Governor Brown signed a record setting budget - $183 billion – that Sacramento Democrats packed with pork and pet projects. Senate Budget Vice Chairman, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), issued the following statement: “Negotiated behind closed doors, this budget shows the Democrats’ priorities, and...
June 23, 2017
Please click here to view video footage of Senator Nielsen . Please click here to view video footage of Assemblyman Gallagher . YUBA CITY – Today, hundreds of North State residents held a rally urging the Governor and state leaders to prioritize funding for flood control. Levees in the North State...
June 15, 2017
The Democrat-controlled Legislature passed a record spending budget today by a vote of 28 to 10. Vice Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement:
June 15, 2017
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba) today asked Governor Brown once again to directly intervene to fund urgent levee repair needs. Below is an excerpt from the letter to Governor Brown: “In the aftermath of the recent spring storms, levees throughout the region...

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May 6, 2016
In recognition of his experience and long standing record of leadership, Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller and members of the Republican Caucus selected Senator Jim Nielsen to be their Caucus Chairman.
April 20, 2016
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), former Chairman of the Board of Prison Terms and supporter of Marsy’s Law and the Sexually Violent Predator Act, opposed the placement of the Sexually Violent Predator, Fraisure Earl Smith in Chico.
April 12, 2016
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) proposes to restore coverage of one pair of eyeglasses provided every two years to adults who failed the DMV’s vision requirements for driving. “Working Californians who have impaired vision are not able to fulfill their job duties effectively or safely,” said Senator...
March 31, 2016
Despite warnings of a looming recession, the Legislature today passed Senate Bill 3, a measure that will raise the minimum wage in California to $15 from the current rate of $10 by 2022. The measure received bipartisan opposition.
February 16, 2016
Senate Republican lawmakers today called for a public review of the Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), a program designed to collect guns from convicted felons and those with mental illness.
January 27, 2016
Governor Brown today announced his “Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016” to relax California’s prison sentencing laws. Citing rising crime rates, Senator Jim Nielsen, former Chairman of the Board of Prison Terms, criticized the Governor’s less than realistic outlook for these convicted prisoners.
January 21, 2016
Governor Brown today delivered his State of the State address to lawmakers. Senate Budget Vice Chair - Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) – issued the following statement:

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March 17, 2015
In its efforts to promote water conservation, the State Water Control Board unanimously adopted emergency regulations to impose fines of up to $500 for each day a violation occurs. “It is terrible that California is in this avoidable predicament,” said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber). “Through...
February 23, 2015
State and local officials joined community leaders Monday at the State Capitol to welcome Sir Nigel Thrift, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Warwick in Coventry and Warwickshire, England, to California to further cement a partnership to develop a teaching and research campus for...
February 13, 2015
“Having stacks and stacks of cargo sit idle at the ports will have long-term economic impacts on our households and the economy as a whole,” said Nielsen. “The perishable food that is not being shipped will rot; the spare parts that are sitting in the cargo containers will bring a small manufacturer’s operation to a halt.”
February 13, 2015
At Thursday’s four-hour Senate Budget Hearing, state officials, think-tank analysts and environmental representatives spoke at length on how Proposition 1 monies should be used. Leaders from the agriculture, labor and business communities were not included in the panels of speakers. “The...
February 6, 2015
At a gathering of leaders in the State’s water policies, Senate Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) pushed for unity to secure funding from Proposition 1 to build Sites Reservoir. “Sites Reservoir is best positioned to help increase our water supply, improve flood protection, improve water quality and enhance...
January 22, 2015
Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Nicolaus) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) today sent a joint letter to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), urging both parties to quickly resolve the contract dispute that is disrupting port operations...
January 5, 2015
Governor Jerry Brown today took the oath of office as California’s 39th Governor. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s speech: “It is encouraging to hear the Governor focus on long-term debts and fiscal...
September 16, 2014
Governor Jerry Brown today signed a package of groundwater legislation – Assembly Bill 1739, Senate Bill 1168 and Senate Bill 1319 – that were put together in the back rooms of the Capitol. These bills were continually amended and tweaked up until the final moments of passage in the late hours of...
August 25, 2014
In the final week of the Legislative session and without public discussion, Democrats in the Legislature are rapidly pushing for legislation that will forever change the way Californians deal with groundwater. Proposed legislation is emerging to create new “groundwater sustainability agencies” to...
July 3, 2014
Ms. Linda M. Penner, Chair Board of State and Community Corrections 600 Bercut Drive Sacramento, CA 95811 RE: DEFINITION OF CRIMINAL “RECIDIVISM” Dear Chair Penner and Members of the Board: Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Board’s proposed definition of criminal “recidivism.” As a...

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