In The News Archive

Associated Press: California lawmakers aim to protect immigrants from Trump

December 5, 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...

Capitol Weekly: State Supreme Court to consider public pension cuts

November 29, 2016
.., it would affect mine,’” former Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach (now a state senator) wrote in the Orange County Register. “Then Jerry Brown's pension reforms have done little to rein in costs

November 19, 2016
State 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, so you settle for good,” Moorlach said.

Heartland Institute: New California Law Could Jail Health Care Journalists, Whistleblowers

November 14, 2016
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed into law Assembly Bill 1671, which could send journalists and whistleblowers to jail for exposing wrongdoing in the health care industry.

CALMatters: Jerry Brown touted his pension reforms as a game-changer. But they’ve done little to rein in costs

October 28, 2016
Year after his 2010 election, Gov. Jerry Brown made a rare appearance at a legislative committee hearing to confront lawmakers about the steep cost of public employee pensions — and to demand that they pass his 12-point pension overhaul . Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), who serves on the Senate...

OC Register: Legislators push for gas tax increase instead of cutting bloated bureaucracy

October 14, 2016
Transportation infrastructure is inarguably a critical part of California. But many lawmakers are rightly skeptical of claims that more money will solve the problems. As state Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, put it last year, “It’s a tragedy that Californians pay the highest transportation taxes...

CalWatchDog: Does the Secure Choice state-run retirement plan guarantee against taxpayer bailouts?

October 12, 2016
Arguably the biggest selling point for Secure Choice — the state-run, automatic retirement account measure signed into law last month — is the promise that taxpayers won’t be on the hook in the event of a loss.

Pro-life investigators now face a year in jail for exposing Planned Parenthood in California

October 3, 2016
Some lawmakers called that a case of blatant hypocrisy. “When ‘60 Minutes’ uses a hidden camera and discovers a unique story, it’s called outstanding journalism, but when a private citizen does it and unmasks a very, very unpleasant truth, it’s a call for legislation,” said Sen. John Moorlach, R-...

California Political Review: New State Controlled Pension System -- Will Taxpayers Have to Bail It Out?

October 2, 2016
As State Senator and financial expert, John Moorlach, commented after the governor signed SB 1234, “You can anticipate that this ‘secure’ investment has the potential to morph into a massive boondoggle.”

Western Journalism: New Law Prohibits Undercover Investigations at Planned Parenthood Clinics

October 1, 2016
State Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, said the bill aids those who have something to hide. “When ‘60 Minutes’ uses a hidden camera and discovers a unique story, it’s called outstanding journalism,” Moorlach said. “But when a private citizen does it and unmasks a very, very unpleasant truth, it’s...