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April 30, 2020
Sen. John M. W. Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s order to close Orange County beaches: “Governor Newsom just doesn’t seem to get it. “Orange County residents have been responsible. They’ve followed healthcare officials’ prudent recommendations...
April 20, 2020
SB 990 would allow Californians to again earn a living as independent contractors.
April 2, 2020
Coming on the heels of this morning’s dire jobless claims report, State Senator John M. W. Moorlach called on Governor Newsom to enact an emergency suspension of AB 5, the law enacted last year that bars Californians from operating as independent contractors. “This morning’s 6.65 million jobless...
April 2, 2020
COSTA MESA - Following Governor Newsom’s executive order granting authority to the Department of Consumer Affairs to waive licensing and education requirements for healthcare professionals, Senator John Moorlach sent the following letter requesting action to allow 14,000 nursing students to...
April 1, 2020
COSTA MESA - In response to Governor Newsom's announcement of the Health Corp initiative which seeks to expand the number of healthcare professionals in California in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, Senator John Moorlach released the following statement: “While I am thrilled to get medical...
March 31, 2020
COSTA MESA - As pressure has mounted on Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Board of Registered Nursing to take action to allow 10,000+ California nursing students to graduate on time in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, Senator John M. W. Moorlach sent the following letter to Governor...
February 28, 2020
Late last night I received a response to my letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom regarding the proposal to house coronavirus patients at Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa. The response was from Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly. While I appreciate Dr. Ghaly's response, I am still...
February 26, 2020
After several days of confusion and unanswered questions surrounding the recent announcement by Governor Gavin Newsom that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) patients would be placed in quarantine at Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa, Senator John M. W. Moorlach sent the following letter to Governor...
February 22, 2020
Senator John M. W. Moorlach has been apprised and briefed of the situation by both the Governor's office and the leadership of the city of Costa Mesa. Here is his statement on these recent events: "The coronavirus patients from California should have finished their quarantine on the cruise ship in...
February 19, 2020
State Sen. John M.W. Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, issued the following statement today after Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered his 2020 State of the State address to a joint session of the California Legislature: “I want to commend Gov. Newsom for spending so much of his State of the State address on...

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January 25, 2019
Over the 4 years I have served in the State Senate, I have labored diligently to reduce the cost of housing in California so every person and family could afford a roof over their heads. That includes attempts to reform the California Environmental Quality Act, address infill constraints, and...
January 10, 2019
Sen. John M.W. Moorlach released the following statement today in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s state budget introduction: As the only trained CPA in the California Legislature, I am looking forward to working with Gov. Gavin Newsom on his state budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-20. I hope it...
January 7, 2019
Sen. John M.W. Moorlach today announced: I would like to congratulate Gov. Gavin Newsom on his inauguration as California’s 40th governor, especially how he brought up the passage in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount about building a strong foundation for “our house.” The new governor will release the...

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May 3, 2017
Today, the United States Senate approved House Resolution 66 by Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan that overturns a disastrous rule from the Department of Labor during the Obama Administration. Congress listened to the people, unpleased by the previous Administration’s rule by fiat. With the...
April 20, 2017
A bill by Assemblyman Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) and Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) to make California a Right-To-Work state was killed yesterday in the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on a partisan vote. AB 1174 would have given workers the freedom to decide whether or not...
April 17, 2017
Today, I am asking Governor Brown to veto Senate Bill 1 -- the largest transportation tax increase in California state history -- for a multitude of reasons as outlined in my floor speech against the bill.
April 12, 2017
California is heading toward a fiscal crisis. We’re facing the high cost of retiree medical healthcare, massive unfunded liabilities for public employee pension benefits, and a $1.6 billion budget deficit. Tax increases are not going to get us out of this hole. Only fiscal integrity can fix...
April 7, 2017
My comments regarding the transportation and gastax increases proposed in Senate Bill 1
March 29, 2017
The California State Controller's Office released the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) today. As we warned last year , the state is not directly accounting for all of its unfunded liabilities as the growing retiree medical debt of $76.7 billion is once again not included in the...
January 31, 2017
Will California pass public pension reform?
January 29, 2017
Have you ever watched someone playing chess who realizes that they are a few moves away from being checkmated? But, instead of playing to the conclusion or tipping the king, the player totally disrupts the board and storms off in a tantrum?

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September 28, 2016
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León’s Senate Bill 1234 – or the Secure Choice Act – is a noble effort to impose a defined contribution plan into your budget, but it is neither “secure” nor a “choice.”
September 26, 2016
On Saturday, September 24, Governor Brown vetoed Senate Bill 1463, which would have given local governments more say in fire-prevention efforts through the current Public Utilities Commission current proceeding making maps of fire hazard areas around utility lines. Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)...
September 19, 2016
Following Governor Jerry Brown's signing of Senate Bill 1383 (Lara) today, Senator John Moorlach issued the following statement:
September 18, 2016
Instead of passing feel-good legislation with little impact, like SB32, the Legislature needs to focus on the issues we can fix — issues like paying down debt, putting more money away in our state’s Rainy Day Fund and prioritizing practical transportation needs over a costly high-speed rail project and a severely mismanaged Caltrans.
August 31, 2016
Today, Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) presented Senate Resolution 88, which requests that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) correct a mistake from 40 years ago and rightfully award dozens of women swimmers the recognition and medals that they deserved, had they not been cheated by the East German team, who used performance-enhancing substances. Senate Resolution 88 passed with a 39-0 vote.
August 30, 2016
In the 2016 June Primary, 81 percent of local tax and bond measures were passed by the California electorate. That, of course, would seem to make a pretty significant statement about the mood of these voters have in regards to incurring future debt and establishing additional local taxes. This November, they will have two chances to reassert fiscal prudence and make a significant statement about long-term debt.
August 29, 2016
"Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León’s Senate Bill 1234 – or the Secure Choice Act – is a noble effort to impose a defined contribution plan into your budget, but it is neither 'secure' nor a 'choice.' Hold onto your wallet.'"
August 26, 2016
"Shouldn't the taxpayers of California, who pay some of the highest taxes in the nation, have one of the best Departments of Transportation? One that can be bragged about? One that other states want to emulate? "Unfortunately, Caltrans is a national embarrassment. It's a 'Golden Fleece Award'...
August 23, 2016
Today, Senators Moorlach and Nguyen presented Orange County based Olympic medalist, Shirley Babashoff, on the Senate floor with a resolution to highlight her community involvement and to extend to her special honors for her many accomplishments at the Olympics and beyond.
August 22, 2016
California July Cash Report Update “State tax revenue is down. Is this a signal of things to come? When the next economic downturn hits, California is going to miss revenue projections by a larger margin. If the economy is contracting, then California will have to borrow to fund its budget. If the...

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