Tag: State Senate

Nominations Open For 2016 Women of Distinction Awards

Big Bear, CA, June 1, 2016 – Each year, Senator Mike Morrell hosts the annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony & Dinner to recognize extraordinary women from around the 23rd Senate District who have positively impacted their community. The nomination window for this year’s event is now open through August 1, 2016. Acknowledging remarkable women for their contributions to California has been an annual legislative tradition since 1987. Nominees should have a strong dedication to making a difference through acts of service, philanthropic efforts, or other demonstrations of commitment to their community. They must also live or work within the 23rd Senate...

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Senator Morrell and Assemblyman Obernolte to Hold Fire Tax Town Halls in Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear

Big Bear, CA, April 13, 2016 – On Saturday, April 16, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) will hold two community forums to discuss the status of the controversial state fire prevention “fee”, more commonly known as the fire tax. Senator Morrell recently authored Senate Bill 198 (co-authored by Assemblyman Obernolte) to repeal the fire tax, but it was rejected on a party-line vote. However, Senate Bill 1136, legislation authored by Senator Morrell to require more detailed information on how CalFire spends money generated by the controversial fire prevention fee, was recently passed by a unanimous...

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Senator Morrell Announces Veterans Legislative Package

SACRAMENTO, CA, March 21st, 2016 – Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has announced that he is authoring three bills this legislative session to help veterans transition to civilian life and honor the memories of fallen service members. “Our veterans and their families devoted their lives to our country,” said Morrell. “While we can never fully thank them for their sacrifices, we can take steps to make their transition back home a little easier. This package of bills works toward this goal as well as honoring the memories of all those who have served in the Armed Forces.” Senate Bill...

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Continuing CA Drought Prompts Action

  Big Bear, CA, April 2, 2015 – California is drawing national attention as it enters into a fourth year of devastating drought. The state’s record low snowpack, diminishing reservoir levels and high temperatures have pushed the state into uncharted territory, with worsening impacts on water quality, agriculture, fire response, habitat, and fish and wildlife. As the state braces for a hot and dry summer, top state, federal and local officials will meet Thursday, April 9, to discuss drought response actions, impacts and steps underway to stretch California’s depleted water reserves this year. Among the topics to be covered at the 2015 Drought Briefing will be an overview of  the extended drought conditions in California, State and Federal response efforts, impacts on farms and fish, as well as the 2015 Save Our Water Campaign. Late last month, the California Assembly, Senate, and Governor announced emergency drought legislation that included one billion dollars in funds that could aid current drought efforts as well as proposed augmentations for emergency food assistance, emergency drinking water, and conservation actions. In an historic move, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order yesterday ordering water use to be slashed by 25 percent across the state. That could mean a savings of 1.5 million acre-feet of water over nine months. “This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” Brown said in a statement. “Therefore, I’m issuing an executive...

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Special Senate Election Set For March 25

San Bernardino County, CA, March 5, 2014 – Voter Information Guides have started appearing in  mailboxes for the March 25th Special Primary Election for State Senate District 23. The District is shared by San Bernardino, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties, with the majority of voters residing in the Inland Empire. Each Information Guide includes information on candidates,  polling places and voting, as well as  a Sample Ballot. Those on the permanent mail ballot list will also get mail ballots delivered. If you’re not on that list and want to vote by mail,  fill out the Application found in the Voter Information Guide, or download an application from the Elections Office website. Voted mail ballots may be returned via the U.S. Postal Service, in person to any polling place on Election Day, or to one of the nineteen  mail ballot drop-off locations prior to, and on Election Day. To find a mail ballot drop-off location, voters can use the mail ballot drop-off map located on the Elections Office website. Voters in this election are also able to vote early at the San Bernardino County Elections Office. For details, call (909) 387-8300. And tune in to 93.3 FM in the 5 o’clock hour today for Rick Herrick’s interview with Assemblyman Michael Morrell from Rancho Cucamonga, who’s running for the recently vacated seat of Bill Emerson....

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