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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-...
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.
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...
May 11, 2020
Today, the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review and the Assembly Governmental Organization Committees will host panel discussions on the state’s failed contract with one company – Blue Flame. News reports have since exposed more troubling failures in administration contracting efforts...
May 7, 2020
Sacramento – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled new indicators and conditions to safely re-open certain segments of the state’s economy in Phase Two. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), who have fiercely advocated for small businesses and their employees...
May 7, 2020
Sacramento – Several Republican lawmakers submitted a request to pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) to immediately convene the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) for the purpose of hearing our audit request of the state’s handling of all 2020 spending on...
May 4, 2020
SACRAMENTO — Rebellion is infectious. Rural people are in revolt against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide virus-fighting rules, which make little sense in burgs such as Bieber. Bieber has hardly anything in common with the likes of Burbank or Balboa. “There’s a bar, a restaurant, a hardware store,...
May 4, 2020
Sacramento - Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his plan to re-open certain segments of the state’s economy. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents northern rural counties, issued the following statement: "Governor Newsom is responding to the messages from so many of California's counties that...
May 1, 2020
YUBA CITY – Using regional science-based data, the Yuba-Sutter Health Officer today modified the local health order to allow many businesses in the two counties to re-open on Monday, May 4. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), who have fiercely advocated for...
April 27, 2020
YUBA CITY – Today, a bi-partisan group of legislators, county officials and mayors sent a letter to the Governor asking him to allow six Northern California counties to come out of the statewide stay-at-home order, in accordance with their respective local and regional plans. Signers of the letter...

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March 1, 2019
Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the annual report on the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), a program designed to remove guns from convicted felons and dangerous individuals. A proponent of the APPS program and former Chairman of the Board of Prison Terms, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama...
February 12, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom presented his first State of the State to the Legislature. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents Wheatland, CA and the region devastated by the Camp Fire, issued the following statement: "I applaud the Governor for agreeing with Republicans that the high-speed rail...
February 11, 2019
Funding to offset property tax revenue loss from recent wildfires passed the Senate today with a vote of 37 to 0. The measure provides $31.3 million annually to Butte and Lake Counties. The Assembly approved the same measure. It now goes to the Governor’s desk for his consideration. If signed by...
January 29, 2019
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) , who represents the Town of Paradise and the surrounding communities devastated by Camp Fire, issued the following statement regarding PG&E's bankruptcy: "Camp Fire victims continue to suffer. This fire killed 86 people, burned thousands of homes, and displaced...
January 16, 2019
The Senate Republican Caucus elected Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) as their leader. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement: “Congratulations to Senator Grove for being elected to lead our Senate Republican Caucus. “I am confident she will do a tremendous job in this...
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 13, 2017
Conspicuously absent from the budget deal negotiated by the Governor and Democrats are projects to improve and upgrade our deteriorated and compromised water infrastructure including Oroville Dam, and river and bypass levees. They also made changes to laws that have nothing to do with the state’s...
June 9, 2017
Despite the support of a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, businesses and local agencies, legislative Democrats in Sacramento rejected funding to repair the state’s water infrastructure that was severely damaged as a result of the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama...
June 1, 2017
With an eye-popping price tag of at least $400 billion each year, the Democrat-led Senate passed out Senate Bill 562 (Lara), a bill to create a universal government-run health care system for all residents, with a vote of 23 to 14. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget...
May 30, 2017
Republican lawmakers are closely monitoring the Brown Administration’s budget calculations following the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office’s testimony that Administration officials may be spending nearly $2 billion over the voter-approved spending limit.
May 25, 2017
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee will meet at 10am in Room 4203 of the state Capitol to determine the fate of nearly 300 legislative proposals. Senate Bill 472 (Nielsen), a measure to require California public colleges and universities to protect free speech on campus for all students, is...
May 24, 2017
Following the testimony of the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office that the Brown Administration may be spending nearly $2 billion over the state’s voter-approved spending limit (Gann Limit), Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) called for transparency in how Brown’s finance officials calculated their spending plan.
May 23, 2017
Below are a few examples of how SB 1’s taxes – which Californians were promised would be spent on fixing our crumbling roads and highways – will actually be used:
May 10, 2017
On behalf of their constituents whose lives and properties are continuously impacted by potential flooding, Senators Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) requested $100 million for critical and serious levee repairs in the...
May 1, 2017
A Monterey County Superior Court Judge placed convicted felon, Eldridge Chaney, Jr., a Sexually Violent Predator, in Yuba County, not his county of last legal residence as the law provides. Jim Nielsen, former Chair of the Board of Prison Terms and Yuba County’s state senator was outraged. “This is...
April 28, 2017
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement after the Governor imposed a $52 billion tax increase on the people of California:

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September 15, 2015
State officials gathered today at the El Soldado (“The Soldier”) Memorial in the State Capitol Park to honor the sacrifices and contributions of Latino American Veterans. “We are so grateful to the veterans who continue to serve,” said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), who leads the Senate Committee...
September 11, 2015
Thousands of Sacramentans lined Capitol Mall Friday to honor three local childhood friends – Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone – who courageously tackled and hogtied a terrorist, saving the lives of countless passengers on a Paris-bound train. “What a fantastic show of pride and...
June 19, 2015
The Legislature and Governor today passed the state budget with a bipartisan 30-9 vote. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, voted to support the budget bill using the Governor's more prudent revenue estimates. Senate Bill 97 keeps faith with voters by putting...
June 1, 2015
As legislative budget conference committee members discuss the state budget, Senate Republicans outlined their priorities to create a bi-partisan budget that is sustainable. While there are many positive elements in the Governor’s budget plan, it proposes a new record high spending level of over $...
May 11, 2015
In a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Republicans thank him for leadership in bringing water and conservation efforts to the forefront of California’s policy priorities. The letter asks for the following: Expedite bond dollars where possible Support Senate Bill 127 (Vidak) to streamline...
April 27, 2015
Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol Monday to demonstrate their support for building Sites Reservoir. Many came to speak in support of Assemblyman Gallagher’s and Senator Nielsen’s Assembly Bill 311. "Water is essential to our everyday lives," said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber). "We are doing...
March 26, 2015
California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris has advised parole officers at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that sex offender residency restrictions, approved by the voters, would be found unconstitutional in every county. As a result, parole officers will no longer be...
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.”

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