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Sen. Moorlach's Senate Bill 990 Would Free Uber and Lyft Drivers
February 14, 2020
Today, Senator John M. W. Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, introduced Senate Bill 990 to free drivers for Uber, Lyft and similar transportation network companies (TNCs). It would allow drivers to be classified as independent contractors. Doing so would free them from the restrictive provisions of Assembly...
Senator Moorlach's Primer for Governor Brown's 2017 State of the State
January 24, 2017
Evaluating California's condition requires checking vital signs and determining where our efforts are needed most. Below are 5 key metrics and resulting questions the Governor should address about the state of our state: While other states see increased economic activity on the horizon in 2017,...
Statement from Senator Moorlach on Governor's 2017 State of the State Address
January 24, 2017
Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) released the following statement today regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 State of the State address:
California Legislature doesn't understand the art of the deal
January 12, 2017
If California decides to draw a line in the sand, Trump, the consummate businessman, might not view California as a very good investment.
Senator Moorlach Responds to Governor's 2017-18 Budget Proposal
January 10, 2017
California Families Deserve Better Fiscal Leadership
6 Key Measures of California's Fiscal Health 2017-18
January 9, 2017
Senator Moorlach's Notes on Analyzing the Governor's 2017-18 Budget Proposal 1. California's Net Financial Position California’s “net” financial position is a $169 billion deficit ($4,375 per person) according to the most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This figure should be...
Legislature's hiring of Obama's attorney general raises questions
January 5, 2017
[posted with permission from The Daily Journal] The Democrat-controlled state Legislature's decision to hire former Obama administration Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. raises questions about how California's collection of top attorneys will work together, and if the move will spark or avoid...
Daily Journal: Incoming attorney general may be granted new powers
January 4, 2017
California will soon have a new attorney general, who may have several new powers and responsibilities if the state Legislature gets its way.
Senator Moorlach Cautions Majority Party on the Costs of the Holder Hire
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. “If the majority party continues to poke President-...
Governor Brown Signs Moorlach 'Marital Deduction Trusts' Bill
August 18, 2016
On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator John Moorlach's Senate Bill 1265 into law. The bill provides a much needed update to the California Probate Code and synchronizes it with the federal tax law.
7-Step Fix for 'Mismanaged' Caltrans
August 15, 2016
It has chosen to pay $500 million per year for unnecessary Caltrans staffing over making Caltrans the best department of transportation in the nation. There’s no question that Caltrans is bloated and mismanaged and is not held accountable. But what to do with a mismanaged Caltrans?
ICYMI: How High-Speed Rail Has Turned Highway Robbery
August 11, 2016
“If you thought that Caltrans and the Bay Bridge were terrible, just wait to see how bad high-speed rail is going to be..." - Senator John Moorlach Los Angeles Times By Ralph Vartabedian August 8, 2016 [Excerpts] "Relocation of Highway 99 in Fresno, a key part of the bullet train project, is over...
Addressing O.C. mental health crisis
July 31, 2016
Also published at The Orange County Register As a business major, and then a practicing C.P.A., I never imagined that I would spend much of my time in public office focusing on the mental health crisis we are facing in the U.S. The importance of addressing mental illness hit me front and center...
Governor Brown Signs Moorlach 'Date of Separation' Bill
July 25, 2016
Senate Bill 1255, authored by Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), was signed into law by Governor Brown today. This legislation will amend the California Family Code to allow for a couple to be considered “living separate and apart” while still living under the same roof for purposes of establishing a date of separation as a precursor of divorce.
ICYMI: CalPERS running up record pension debt on your credit card
July 22, 2016
When the nation's largest pension system Monday announced its annual earnings, news coverage focused on the dismal 0.61 percent return for the last fiscal year.
Bill to Make Mental Health Funds More Flexible Sparks Movement at Dept of Health Care Services
July 21, 2016
Yesterday, the State of California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) issued Information Notice: 16-034, which clarifies that counties can use Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding to provide crisis stabilization services to clients on a voluntary or involuntary basis.
ICYMI: Dan Walters: CalPERS' unfunded liabilities grow as its investment earnings lag
July 20, 2016
Sacramento Bee By Dan Walters July 18, 2016 [Excerpts] You can smear lipstick on a pig, but that doesn’t change its innate porcinity. Officials of the California Public Employees Retirement System, the nation’s largest pension trust fund, tried Monday to cast its very anemic investment earnings –...
Orange County Rescue Mission Chosen to be Honored at First-Ever California Nonprofits Day Celebration
June 23, 2016
Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) joined the California Association of Nonprofits to honor the Orange County Rescue Mission as the 2016 California Nonprofit of the Year from the 37th Senate District.
SB 1146 Response
June 21, 2016
Over the past several weeks, I have received emails, phone calls, letters and visits regarding the destructive effects Senate Bill 1146 would have on our higher education system if implemented.
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