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Governor and Democrats Ignore Millions of Californians in Budget Deal
June 26, 2020
The Legislature sent the Governor a budget that increases billions of dollars in taxes, prevents funding for charter schools and jeopardizes public safety. This deal was cobbled together with little public input – an agreement that lacked transparency. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of...
Senate Budget Vice Chair: Budget Prolongs State's Financial Problems
June 15, 2020
Today, the Legislature passed its version of the state budget, a framework that increases taxes and relies on subsidies from the federal government. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chairman of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement: “This budget does not...
California lawmaker scrambles to fix bill to make it clear ballots won't go to phantom voters
June 5, 2020
“If the Democrats are intent on expanding vote-by-mail to all voters, we must also enact protections so the possibility of fraud is reduced,” Nielsen said.
Senate Democrats Refuse to Clean Up Voter Rolls
June 2, 2020
To ensure trust in California’s statewide all vote-by-mail system planned by Governor Gavin Newsom and the Democrat-controlled Legislature for the November 2020 election, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) introduced an amendment to improve ballot security in Assembly Bill 860. Senator Nielsen proposed...
Governor Must Release Federal Dollars to Local Government, Says Senate Budget Vice Chair
May 27, 2020
States such as California are withholding federal funding from cities and counties, revealed in a recent report by the National League of Cities . To maintain local services during this pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act, which created the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide $150 billion for...
Newsom Administration Claims Another '$1.831 Billion Needed' by June 30
May 22, 2020
In a last-minute call Thursday evening, Department of Finance officials notified the Legislature that Governor Newsom is transferring an eye-popping $1.831 billion to the Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account to spend through the current fiscal year with only limited details. “The spending...
Newsom Proposes to Abandon Paradise Recovery Effort
May 15, 2020
While unveiling his revised budget Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom turned his back on fire victims and the struggling Town of Paradise. The Governor’s May Revise budget claws back $7.3 million in funding that was approved in last year’s budget to help keep the Paradise Irrigation District (PID)...
Republican Senator Jim Nielsen Reacts to Governor's May Budget Revision
May 14, 2020
Due to the government-mandated shelter in place to slow down the spread of COVID-19, the state budget went from a $6 billion surplus to an estimated $18 - $54 billion deficit. Governor Gavin Newsom today submitted his 2020-21 May Revision budget proposal to the Legislature. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-...
ICYMI: Suicides, alcohol, drugs: Pandemic could result in 75,000 'deaths of despair,' study says
May 13, 2020
Isolation, unemployment and fear brought on by the coronavirus could result in 75,000 “deaths of despair” years after the worst of the pandemic is over, a new study suggests.
Butte County Receives State Approval to Reopen
May 12, 2020
Leaders of Northern California congratulated Butte County for being the first county in the state to receive approval of its plan to reopen. These rural elected officials also rallied in support of Yuba and Sutter Counties for their foresight in demonstrating that rural counties can safely reopen...
Senator Jim Nielsen Welcomes Brian Dahle to the Senate
June 12, 2019
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Dean of the Senate, issued the following statement regarding the swearing-in of Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber): “Congratulations to Senator Brian Dahle. It is great to have another farmer in the Senate. “Brian is passionate in his representation of the citizens of...
Paradise's State Senator Commends PG&E for Plan to Rebuild Electric Lines Underground
May 23, 2019
Following Cal Fire’s finding that PG&E’s transmission line caused California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history, PG&E announced it will rebuild electric distribution lines underground in the town of Paradise and in nearby communities like Magalia. Senator Jim...
Paradise's State Senator Calls for Rebuilding of Camp Fire Caused by PG&E
May 15, 2019
CAL FIRE found PG&E to be the cause of California’s deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. Investigators determined that PG&E’s electrical transmission lines caused the Camp Fire. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement: “This finding is not a...
Senator Nielsen: More Money Required for Camp Fire Rebuild; No New Taxes Needed with $21 Billion in Surplus
May 9, 2019
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Senate Budget Vice-Chair, issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s revision of his spending plan: “The state budget is flush with billions in surplus revenue. Twenty-one billion dollars ($21 billion), to be exact. “But that’s not enough for some in the...
Sacramento Prioritizes Convicted Murderers over Victims
April 25, 2019
This week, Legislation to keep unremorseful convicted murderers behind bars was denied a public hearing by Sacramento Democrats. Traditionally, all bills are allowed at least one hearing during a policy committee. The Chairman of the Assembly Public Safety Committee was responsible for the...
Golden State Killer deserves death, but Newsom's moratorium may save him
April 3, 2019
Shortly after Lyman and Charlene Smith drifted off to sleep, they were awakened by a bright beam of light shining in their eyes. A strange voice ordered them to get out of bed. Blinded, shaken, frightened – they complied. The intruder demanded Charlene tie Lyman’s hands. He then dragged Charlene...
Legislation to Ban Sale of Nitrous Oxide - 'Whippits' - Unanimously Passes First Committee
March 26, 2019
The Senate Public Safety Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 193, a measure to ban smoke shops from selling “whippits.” “Nitrous oxide is a legal chemical for legitimate use but when abused, it is extremely lethal,” said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who authored the measure. “Young people...
Senator Jim Nielsen: 'Camp Fire Must Not Happen Again'
March 22, 2019
Governor Newsom today proclaimed a State of Emergency on wildfires and launched a $50 million public campaign on preparedness. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents the Town of Paradise and the surrounding communities devastated by Camp Fire, issued the following statement: “Proper...
ICYMI: OC Register Op Ed: Newsom's moratorium on the death penalty is neither right nor just
March 18, 2019
Newsom’s moratorium on the death penalty is neither right nor just The Governor signed an executive order to impose a moratorium on the death penalty. ... Make no mistake; this decision was neither right nor just. Victims who survived the calculated and horrific murder of a child, parent or spouse...
Former Chair of the Board of Prison Terms: Governor's Death Penalty Decision is Affront to Crime Victims, Voters & Jurors
March 13, 2019
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) who served on the California Board of Prison Terms, the largest parole authority in the nation, from 1990 to 2007, issued the following statement: “Victims who survive the horrific murder of child or a parent or a spouse suffer a pain that never completely goes away...
Convicted Sexually Violent Predator Christopher Lawyer - Return to Colorado
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...
Residents can Breathe Easier by Arrest of East Area Rapist
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...
Senator Jim Nielsen Remembers First Lady Barbara Bush
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.”...
Oroville Dam's Senator Jim Nielsen Says DWR Must Do Better
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...
North State Lawmakers Urge Delay of Oroville Dam Licensing
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...
Democrat Politicians Change Laws to Take Power from the People
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...
Democrats' Cap-and-Trade Bill is Another Massive Gas Tax in Disguise
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...
Another Gas Tax Heads to Governor's Desk
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...
Another Gas Tax Imposed on Californians
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...
UC Admits Fewer California Students for Fall 2017
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...
Overwhelming Majority of Law Enforcement Opposes Sanctuary State Proposal
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...
Money in the State Budget for Pork Projects; NONE for Oroville Levees
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...
Frustrated Residents Rally to Prevent Flood Devastation (Senator Nielsen) 6.23.17
Frustrated Residents Rally to Prevent Flood Devastation (Senator Nielsen) 6.23.17
Frustrated Residents Rally to Prevent Flood Devastation
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...
Sacramento Democrats' Budget Empowers Themselves and their Pet Projects, Not the People
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:
Lawmakers Ask Governor to Directly Intervene to Fund $100 Million in Flood Control Needs
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...
Senator Jim Nielsen Elected Senate Republican Caucus Chairman
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.
Senator Jim Nielsen Issues Statement on Propose Placement of Sexually Violent Predator in Chico
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.
Senator Nielsen Proposes to Restore Critically Needed Eyeglasses for Working Poor
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...
Minimum Wage Increase Will Reduce Jobs and Hurt Schools
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.
AG Kamala Harris Needs to Do More to Protect Public
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.
Governor's Initiative Creates Shorter Sentences for Convicted Criminals
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.
Senate Budget Vice Chair Comments on Governor Brown's State of the State Speech
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:
Lanterman Coalition and Legislators Partner to Push for Funding of Developmental Disability Services
December 10, 2015
Families, healthcare providers and supporters marched to the State Capitol Thursday to highlight the lack of state funding for California’s most vulnerable and voiceless population, those with developmental disabilities. “Increased access to care should be a budget priority,” said Senator Jim...
Governor Approves Increase in Compensation for Wrongly Jailed
October 7, 2015
Compensation for citizens who have been wrongly accused and incarcerated of a crime will now be increased from $100 to $140 a day; a welcome piece of news for innocent people like Maurice Caldwell, who spent 21 years locked up for a crime he did not commit. "There are many people who deserve to...
Statement from Senator Nielsen on SB 350
October 7, 2015
The Governor today signed Senate Bill 350 (de León) into law. Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) issued the following statement: "This measure will certainly increase our energy costs. “Senate Bill 350 will drive up the costs for our...
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