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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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January 22, 2014
As California’s economy struggles to recover from the Great Recession, the state treasury received $5.6 billion more than state financial experts expected, largely due to the Proposition 30 tax increases. The Governor called these unanticipated monies a surplus in Wednesday’s State of the State...
January 17, 2014
After three consecutive years of little rain and snow, Governor Jerry Brown today officially declared a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take action to prepare for what could be the driest year in California’s history. “This declaration will bring awareness to a potentially...
January 15, 2014
"The core reason [Proposition 30] brought people together was a belief in schools and universities and the capacity of government to make wise investments that benefit all of us." - San Jose Mercury News, November 6, 2012. The above quote well summarizes the hue and cry made to the voters by...
January 9, 2014
The Senate Rules Committee unanimously confirmed Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) to serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review
October 31, 2013
Advocates for the protection of Proposition 13 – the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association – today touted Senator Jim Nielsen’s voting record to preserve taxpayers’ rights. In its review of lawmakers’ votes on bills pertaining to taxes during the 2013 legislative year, Senator Nielsen received a...
October 15, 2013
State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), former Chairman of the California Board of Prison Terms, issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject Governor Brown’s prison plan, which will result in the release of nearly 8,000 inmates by January 27: “Today’s...
September 11, 2013
State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), former Chairman of the California Board of Prison Terms, issued the following statement today regarding the passage of Senate Bill 105, the prison legislation to comply with the federal court order to release 10,000 inmates: "This is a balanced first step. But...
September 4, 2013
In a hearing of the Senate Budget Committee today, Democrats touted their prison plan to address overcrowding and the federal court’s order to reduce inmate population as stated in Assembly Bill 84. The plan focused on rehabilitation, drug and mental health treatment programs without regard for...
August 28, 2013
State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), who served on the California Board of Prison Terms from 1990 to 2007, issued the following statement today on the prison proposal unveiled by Democrat Senators: “Supporting rehabilitation, drug and mental health treatment programs is an essential component of a...
August 21, 2013
The Joint Legislative Audit Committee today approved an audit request by Senators Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) and Jim Beall (D-San Jose) to analyze how the unilateral and unmonitored actions taken by the accrediting agency for California’s community colleges affect campuses’ finances and programs. “Any...

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