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Governor Signs Draconian Groundwater Laws

Jim Nielsen
State Senator, Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba

Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of groundwater legislation – Assembly Bill 1739, Senate Bill 1168 and Senate Bill 1319 – that were put together in the back rooms of the Capitol. These bills were continually amended and tweaked up until the final moments of passage in the late hours of the legislative session. It […]

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Groundwater Regulation Creates Water Police

Jim Nielsen
State Senator, Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba

Without much public involvement, the State Senate passed sweeping groundwater legislation Wednesday that will create a new government agency with extraordinary powers to impose fees and fines on property owners who rely on groundwater. Tonight’s vote underscores the lack of trust the public has in the Legislature. This legislation will drastically change the way Californians deal […]

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Time for Gov. to Call Special Session on Prisons

Jim Nielsen
State Senator, Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba

The Supreme Court’s decision on rejecting California’s prison plan is the most compelling reason for the Governor to call a special session of the Legislature to deal with this prison crisis that personally affects us. The Court’s decision emphasizes the need for immediate action to provide more in-custody housing for unrehabilitated and dangerous felons, so […]

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Governor Needs to Call Special Session on Prisons

Jim Nielsen
State Senator, Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba

I applaud the Governor’s bipartisan effort to acquire additional inmate housing space and direct the attention of the Governor and the Legislature to an available facility in Live Oak (Sutter County) as well as California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facilities in Paso Robles and Ione, which are in jeopardy of disposal as surplus properties […]

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California Premature in Supporting Obamacare

Jim Nielsen
State Senator, Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba

The Senate Committee on Health voted to pass Senate Bill 2x (Hernandez), a measure to implement the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as “Obamacare.” To maintain the integrity and quality of our health care system, health care services must be competitive for the benefit of consumers. This legislation does not […]

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