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Desert Sun: Shedding Light on Police Problems

July 5, 2016
Details are secret partly because a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers has blocked several attempts since 2006 to give the public access to police discipline records. Most recently, SB 1286 — introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and co-authored by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San...

Fox & Hounds: No Budget Cuts? There May be a Reason

June 29, 2016
The seemingly strong budget only winked at the debt shadow that is lurking over the state. As State Senator John Moorlach put it when the General Fund budget was approved, “we should all be concerned that the budget only pays lip service to the hundreds of billions in debt and unfunded liabilities...

AP: Gov. Jerry Brown signs budget of more than $122 billion

June 27, 2016
“It’s a budget that seems to pay lip service to an upcoming recession and doesn’t do anything aggressively to deal with our unfunded liabilities,” said Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa. “So it’s as if it reflects a rising economy with an oblivious legislature.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: California can't hide police misconduct any more

June 27, 2016
Details are secret partly because a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers have blocked several attempts since 2006 to give the public access to police discipline records. Most recently, SB 1286 — introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and co-authored by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San...

Western Journalism: Calif. Senate Bill Would Severely Restrict Religious Freedom For Universities

June 25, 2016
Not every state senator is in agreement. Sen. John Moorlach of the 37th district wrote in a letter to constituents, “Senate Bill 1146 goes far beyond the appropriate role of government designed to provide protections against discrimination. In fact, Senate Bill 1146 discriminates against private...

Fox & Hounds: Mr. Moorlach Goes to Sacramento

June 14, 2016
So that’s why I’ve been interviewing John Moorlach for years. The State Senator and veteran CPA is California’s most congenial Republican. Despite being a wet blanket on the Golden State’s fiscal forecast, he’s just so dang likeable.

CA Political Review: Budget Deception: Weird Accounting Diminishes Accountability

June 14, 2016
The good news is that the days of deceptive government accounting may be numbered. The Governmental Accounting Standards Board has, for the last several years, been forcing government entities to finally begin reporting pension obligations and “Other Post-Employment Benefits” in a way that is both...

OC Register - Watchdog: O.C. jails are unfit for mentally ill inmates, grand jury says

June 13, 2016
State Sen. John Moorlach, who championed Laura’s Law as a county supervisor, has introduced a bill that would allow “millionaire’s tax” funds from Proposition 63 (a 1 percent levy on those earning more than $1 million, to pay for mental health services) to be used for “crisis stabilization services...

Fox & Hounds: Resist the "Pothole Tax"

June 3, 2016
Last week, Will Kempton, Executive Director of Transportation California and former Director of Caltrans published a response to Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, in a Fox & Hounds piece stating that, “…in spite of all the recent audits and criticism, the...

News & Observer: The Latest: Assembly approves California State Bar reforms

June 2, 2016
State Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, listens as lawmakers debate a bill Thursday, June 2, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Legislators poured through dozens of bills Thursday as they worked to get bills out of their house of origination before Friday's deadline. Rich Pedroncelli AP Photo

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