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The Mercury News: Jerry Brown's pension reforms have done little to rein in costs

January 4, 2017
Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), who serves on the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee, said it was disappointing that Brown didn’t get all his reforms. “Maybe you’re never going to get perfect,” Moorlach said, “so you settle for good.”

OC Breeze: California State Senator John Moorlach asserts Democrats jeopardize federal funding

January 4, 2017
Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) provided the following statement today regarding the legislative Democrats’ decision to hire former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as their next line of defense against the incoming Trump Administration.

Fresno Bee: Valley GOP legislators decry Dems' hiring of Holder to battle Trump

January 4, 2017
“If the majority party continues to poke President-elect Trump with a short stick, then they better be prepared with a Plan B,” said state Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa. “We cannot and must not jeopardize federal funding to our state, counties and cities. They cannot afford it, especially with...

Sac Bee: Democrats lawyer up as they prepare to confront Trump

January 4, 2017
“If the majority party continues to poke President-elect Trump with a short stick, then they better be prepared with a Plan B,” Sen. John Moorlach, a Costa Mesa Republican, said in a statement. “And, as far as I can tell, there is no alternative plan should these combative moves not be received...

KFI: Sen. John Moorlach on CHP pensions

January 3, 2017
Republican State Senator John Moorlach introduced a bill that would implement measures to cut pension costs.

Bloomberg Business: California Drivers Pay for Underfunded State Patrol Pension

December 21, 2016
Californians in April will start paying more to register their cars -- not to help maintain roads, but to keep the pension checks rolling for the motorcycle cops who policed them. State senator calls for peaceful transition of presidential power

December 19, 2016
As the state’s 55 electors carry out their constitutional duty on Monday and cast their votes for president of the United States, one state senator is urging his colleagues and state to reaffirm their commitment to a peaceful transition of power.

Capitol AM Alert: Are criminal justice changes making California safer?

December 8, 2016
It has been a momentous decade for California crime-and-punishment. Once defined by tough sentencing laws and other strict policies that stuffed prisons to the point the feds intervened, the state has been moving steadily in the opposite direction. Many of those changes have emanated from the...

CalWatchdog: Lawmakers seek citizens input on legislation, either to repeal or to create

December 7, 2016
Two state lawmakers are looking to include constituents in the policy-making process in similar, and yet very different, ways. While Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, is holding a contest for constituents to pitch their best ideas for a “There Ought to be a Law” contest, Sen. John...

OC Register: Lawmakers back immigrants

December 6, 2016
Sen. John Moorlach, a Republican from Costa Mesa, said he thought it was the wrong approach for California to take such an antagonistic tone with a president who is not even inaugurated yet. “I'm not comfortable with saying we will fight, although I understand it. I think we ought to try to work...