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CALWatchDog.com: 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...

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

Calpensions.com: Supreme Court agrees to rule on its own pensions

November 28, 2016
“Miriam A. Vogel, a retired Court of Appeal justice, clearly told her former colleagues that the court’s decision would affect every pension in the state of California: ‘(I)t would affect yours, it would affect mine,'” former Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach (now a state senator) wrote in the...

Bakersfield.com: 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...

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