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April 25, 2017
In a special hearing, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee called on Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Department of Water Resources Acting Director Bill Croyle to speak before the Legislature and the public Thursday. “This is a positive step in the right direction,” said...
April 24, 2017
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting seven public meetings in multiple locations to update communities in the region about the ongoing Oroville spillway recovery effort. The meetings will be opportunities for members of the public to hear from DWR leadership and experts...
April 3, 2017
Sacramento Democrats passed two legislative proposals (Senate Bill 6 (Hueso) and Senate Bill 54 (de León) that would make California a sanctuary state for convicted felons who are in the country illegally and provide free legal service for them.
March 29, 2017
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement on the five tax transportation increases imposed by the Democratic leadership led by Governor Brown: “$52 billion in new tax increases is what we will be forking over to the government. Negotiated behind closed doors, this is the largest...
March 28, 2017
After hearing heartbreaking stories of a mother’s grief over the loss of her daughter and a young man who suffered spinal cord degeneration and was confined to a wheelchair, both due to nitrous oxide abuse, members of the Senate Public Safety Committee unanimously passed Senator Jim Nielsen’s (R-...
March 13, 2017
SACRAMENTO - Along partisan lines, Senate Democrats passed two legislative proposals that would make California a safe haven for convicted felons who are in the country illegally and provide free legal service for them. Former chairman of California’s state parole board, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-...
March 6, 2017
Former Chairman of California’s state parole board, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) joined Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine), Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, and Kings County Sheriff David Robinson in calling on all Californians to resist Democrat leaders...
February 28, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Former Chairman of California’s Board of Prison Terms, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement regarding the attendance of the widows of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Davis at tonight’s Presidential...

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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 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...
June 16, 2014
The Legislature barely passed the state’s spending plan before the Constitutional deadline Sunday night. Expressing his frustration with the broken budget process and backroom deals, Vice Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Jim Nielsen, voted against the budget. “While this bill may be better...
June 12, 2014
In a last minute jam job, education lobbyists distributed proposed language into the state budget that would limit local school districts’ ability to save for a rainy day fund. Despite statewide protest by school officials, Democrat lawmakers passed the measure. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber)...
May 23, 2014
Ignoring a warning by Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency to budget conservatively, the Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee used overly optimistic revenue projections in its deliberation on the state’s spending plan today. By using the more positive numbers, the Democrats approved at...

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