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October 17, 2019
Standing at the entrance of the emergency department of the damaged Feather River Hospital, state lawmakers and community leaders praised the Governor’s signing of Senator Jim Nielsen’s legislation to bring back emergency care to Paradise. Senate Bill 156 was co-authored by Assemblyman James...
October 9, 2019
PG&E shut off power to residents of the North State shortly after midnight Wednesday. More shutoffs are expected today. In total, 800,000 customers will be negatively impacted. An estimated 2.5 million Californians will not have electricity. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who represents...
September 16, 2019
Today, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order to develop recommendations to remove illegal and counterfeit vaping products from stores, direct a public awareness campaign, develop recommendations to place warning signs and impose stricter age verification requirements. Senator Jim Nielsen...
September 8, 2019
Eighty-six (86) lives lost, 13,000 homes destroyed and 150,000 acres charred devastating the Town of Paradise and nearby communities. Ten months following the state’s most destructive wildfire, the rebuilding efforts begins. Fire survivors prove their resilience every day. … The Camp Fire disaster...
August 30, 2019
Today, the Democrat-controlled Assembly Appropriations Committee failed to heed Governor Newsom’s outcry on the need for greater gun control. Without debate or public discussion, the Committee refused to pass Senate Bill 257, a measure to require the Attorney General to notify local law enforcement...
July 24, 2019
Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 200, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Senate Budget Vice Chairman Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement: “Clean water is vital to life. “This $130 million in funding is needed to clean up water for communities across...
July 19, 2019
Humboldt Superior Court Judge John Feeney abandoned a proposal to house a Sexually Violent Predator in Red Bluff Friday morning. “The collective voices of our citizens were heard by Judge Feeney,” said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama). “As one of the original authors of the Sexually Violent Predator...
July 9, 2019
With Camp Fire survivors at the forefront of his mind, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) pushed for the passage of Assembly Bill 1054, a bill to secure compensation for fire victims and protection for utility ratepayers. “Eight-five lives lost. 14,000 homes burned. Camp Fire survivors lost everything...
June 13, 2019
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Senate Budget Vice Chair, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the state’s spending plan: “Survivors of Camp Fire will receive much-needed monies to rebuild Paradise and the Ridge in this year’s state budget. “The Town of Paradise and surrounding...
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...

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December 3, 2018
Respected for his leadership, experience and public service, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) was sworn-in for a new four-year term in the State Senate. Senator Nielsen won the November election with 57 percent of the vote. “Representing the citizens of the Fourth Senate District is an honor and a...
October 29, 2018
Members of the Oroville Dam Safety and Reliability Ad Hoc Committee are scheduled to meet Tuesday, October 30, at 8 a.m. to discuss the progress of the Oroville Dam Spillway construction. These local leaders and experts will follow up with DWR officials regarding the safety of the department’s work...
October 17, 2018
Given the fiasco of botched voter registrations at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) will introduce legislation to get the DMV out of the voter registration business so it can focus on issuing licenses and car registrations. “Voter registration is the...
September 20, 2018
Motorists across the state have had to wait in hours-long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to register their vehicle or license renewal. Some have spent an entire day waiting in line. Upset drivers have flooded my office with calls and emails. To make matters worse, DMV personnel...
August 23, 2018
Following Wednesday night’s hearing by the California State Water Board on its proposal to increase water flows into the Pacific Ocean, former rancher turned State Senator – Jim Nielsen – issued the following statement: “At what point do we say enough is enough? This water grab would take millions...
August 21, 2018
Senate Bill 10 (Hertzberg), a bill to eliminate the current money bail system, passed both houses of the Legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk for his consideration. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who served as Chair of the Board of Prison Terms, issued the following statement: “...
August 17, 2018
Wildfires are raging across California, and aircraft pilots are an integral part of fighting these devastating blazes. But cost-prohibitive regulations discouraged contracted pilots from partnering with CAL FIRE to battle the fires. “Hundreds of thousands of acres of land are burning, endangering...
June 28, 2018
(State Capitol, Sacramento) – “The right to privacy is a fundamental right cherished by Americans,” said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), who voted in support of AB 375 to protect users' privacy online. “Whether in our homes or online, we value our privacy and want to protect our personal...
June 13, 2018
The Public Policy Institute of California issued a report, The Impact of Proposition 47 on Crime and Recidivism , today claiming there is “no evidence that violent crime increased as a result of Proposition 47” in its summary. It further asserted that “Recidivism rates decreased due to Proposition...
June 9, 2018
Democrat Assembly Budget writers continue to be tone-deaf to the needs and desires of everyday Californians. The Democrat-controlled Legislature canceled a day of public hearings to negotiate behind closed doors and then emerged in the morning to announce a budget deal. Vice Chairman of the Senate...

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November 14, 2017
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) released the following statement regarding Tuesday morning’s mass shooting: “My heart goes out to the victims and loved ones affected by Tuesday morning’s horrific shooting in Rancho Tehama. “We are heartbroken over this senseless violence, and will be praying for the...
November 4, 2017
YUBA CITY – Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) and representatives from the Oroville Dam Coalition will be traveling to Washington D.C. next week to seek federal assistance with outstanding issues relating to the spillway crisis. “My constituents living...
November 1, 2017
With most of the work on the Oroville Dam Spillway complete, North State's Legislators - Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) - thank the dedicated men and women who have worked around the clock to repair the Spillway and ask the state to clean up the...
October 30, 2017
On November 1, the largest gas tax increase in California history will go into effect. Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), and Assemblymember James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) joined their constituents and local leaders in Chico to protest the $52 billion...
October 2, 2017
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) released the following statement following the mass shooting in Las Vegas: “Marilyn and I are heartbroken over the massacre in Las Vegas. We are fervently praying for the victims and their families. “We are all grieving about this tragedy from the bottom of our hearts...
September 5, 2017
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement regarding the interim status memo by the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident Independent Forensic Team: “This memo outlines the deficiencies in the spillway and continues to confirm my observations, those of my father-in-law who worked as an...
September 5, 2017
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement today regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “Through no fault of their own, these youth were brought to or sent by their parents to the United States. Many have made great contributions to our communities...
August 31, 2017
According to authorities, Thomas Daniel Littlecloud fired multiple shots at officers who knocked on the front door and walls of a motel room in their search for a different parolee’s room. Littlecloud struck and injured two CHP officers before he attempted to exit through the back balcony. Using a...
August 30, 2017
In a 5-2 decision, the California Supreme Court ruled that tax, assessment and fee increases proposed by citizens require only a simple majority vote, and that the stricter two-thirds vote requirement imposed by Proposition 218 only applies to government entities, not citizen initiatives. “The...
August 24, 2017
On January 1, 2018, Californians over the age of 21 will legally be able to buy recreational marijuana including edibles and other products. Children will inadvertently be exposed to the marketing of this drug. “Studies have shown the dangers that accidental marijuana ingestion poses to young...

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November 16, 2016
Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) issued the following statement regarding the Legislative Analyst’s budget forecast for 2017-18: “Legislative leadership should heed the independent Legislative Analyst’s warning of uncertainty about our economy. His forecast...
October 31, 2016
The California State Senate today requests, in the strongest possible terms, for Congress to expedite all actions necessary to permanently waive the requirement that our state’s Army National Guard members repay federal financial incentives they received in exchange for wartime reenlistment.
October 24, 2016
Chair of the California State Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), telephoned the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), and members of the California Congressional Delegation to urge them to take action to end the aggressive...
October 4, 2016
Citing his experience and strong advocacy of small businesses, the National Federation of Independent Business/California (NFIB) awarded Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) a perfect score of 100 percent. “California continues to be a difficult place to do business – from the burdensome regulations to...
September 12, 2016
Governor Brown today signed Assembly Bill 1066 (D-Gonzalez), a measure that will require farmers to pay overtime after eight hours or 40 hours per week. Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), a life-long farmer and advocate, issued the following statement:
August 24, 2016
The California Legislature voted to extend greenhouse gas mandates today by passing Senate Bill 32. The measure, if signed by the Governor, would require the California Air Resources Board to impose regulations to ensure statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to 40% (or higher) below the 1990 levels by December 31, 2030.
August 23, 2016
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) held the eighth auction of greenhouse gas allowances on August 16, 2016. Today, CARB released the results. Senate Republican Caucus Chair - Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) – issued the following statement:
July 20, 2016
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), former Chairman of the Board of Prison Terms and helped draft Marsy’s Law and the Sexually Violent Predator Act, and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Plumas Lake) opposed the placement of Sexually Violent Predator Fraisure Earl Smith in Marysville and sent the attached letter to the courts.
July 14, 2016
Chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) issued the following statement upon receiving news of the passing of his friend and colleague, Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster):
May 13, 2016
Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s release of his revised budget:

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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...
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...
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...
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...

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