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April 13, 2021
Paradise State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff) issued the following statement as the Governor held a press conference to tout his wildfire plan: “This is only a drop in the bucket to fight wildfire – simply a band aid on an open wound. “While it is encouraging that Fire Safe Councils will receive...
March 9, 2021
Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his State of the State address in Los Angeles Tuesday evening. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement: “It is unfortunate that more isn’t being done to open public schools full time – five days a week...
March 9, 2021
SACRAMENTO – The State of California is expected to receive an additional $25 billion, and Republicans want to use that surplus money to pay the billions of unpaid water, utility and internet bills. They also asked for assistance for pharmacies that are critical in the delivery of hands-on patient...
March 2, 2021
The Senate Budget Committee unanimously passed Assembly Bill 86, a measure to provide $6.6 billion to schools to open in-person instructions. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statements: “The divide between the haves...
February 26, 2021
SACRAMENTO - Riddled with systemic mismanagement, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) is failing miserably at its mission to serve the people of California in their most crucial time of need. EDD’s negligence and lack of protection against fraud cost taxpayers billions that could...
February 4, 2021
Providing few details, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Blue Shield of California will take over the state’s struggling distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine. Kaiser Permanente has agreed to serve in a supporting role. With no contracts available for review, the public is left in the dark with...
January 27, 2021
California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and Government Operations Secretary Yolanda Richardson said Tuesday that the state was evaluating many parties to be the Third Party Administrator to oversee the allocation of vaccines. However, no information regarding a contract or a...
January 22, 2021
Following Governor Newsom’s Administration’s discrimination of small counties in its funding to fight the Coronavirus , it is now revealed that his Administration is shortchanging rural counties in the distribution of the life-saving vaccines. Attached is a copy of the letter Senator Jim Nielsen (R...
January 8, 2021
Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his $ 227.2 billion budget proposal. The state is unexpectedly receiving between $15* billion to $26** billion in additional one-time revenue. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement...

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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...
April 23, 2020
We are living through an extraordinary public health event. Millions are without jobs, and schools are closed. Thousands of Californians have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus; most are recovering at home and others are hospitalized. Sadly, more than one thousand of our fellow...
April 14, 2020
Respected for his experience and keen attention to detail, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) was selected to serve as Vice Chair of the newly created Senate budget subcommittee focused on the state’s COVID-19 response. The first hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, at 2 p.m. The public can...
March 17, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today asked California law enforcement to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates beginning March 16, 2020. The DMV is taking this action...
February 11, 2020
By CAMILLE VON KAENEL | Chico Enterprise-Record PUBLISHED: February 11, 2020 at 11:03 am PARADISE — Donovan James Iverson’s family says he died because of the Camp Fire. But he does not appear in the only official accounting of the disaster’s victims, the Butte County coroner’s list of 85. … 15...
January 22, 2020
BUTTE COUNTY – Today, the California Legislature urged FEMA officials to reconsider its pursuit of reimbursement from PG&E's $13.5 billion fire victim fund. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City), who represent Camp Fire survivors, pushed for the signing of...
January 10, 2020
Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his $222-billion budget proposal, an increase of 2.3 percent from last year. This plan sets a record for high spending. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement: "Governor Newsom...

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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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