Releases and Articles

May 6, 2016
In recognition of his experience and long standing record of leadership, Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller and members of the Republican Caucus selected Senator Jim Nielsen to be their Caucus Chairman.
April 20, 2016
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), former Chairman of the Board of Prison Terms and supporter of Marsy’s Law and the Sexually Violent Predator Act, opposed the placement of the Sexually Violent Predator, Fraisure Earl Smith in Chico.
April 12, 2016
Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) proposes to restore coverage of one pair of eyeglasses provided every two years to adults who failed the DMV’s vision requirements for driving. “Working Californians who have impaired vision are not able to fulfill their job duties effectively or safely,” said Senator...
March 31, 2016
Despite warnings of a looming recession, the Legislature today passed Senate Bill 3, a measure that will raise the minimum wage in California to $15 from the current rate of $10 by 2022. The measure received bipartisan opposition.
February 16, 2016
Senate Republican lawmakers today called for a public review of the Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), a program designed to collect guns from convicted felons and those with mental illness.
January 27, 2016
Governor Brown today announced his “Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016” to relax California’s prison sentencing laws. Citing rising crime rates, Senator Jim Nielsen, former Chairman of the Board of Prison Terms, criticized the Governor’s less than realistic outlook for these convicted prisoners.
January 21, 2016
Governor Brown today delivered his State of the State address to lawmakers. Senate Budget Vice Chair - Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) – issued the following statement:
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...