Press Releases

With increasing entanglement count, SB 1287 will protect whales from crab gear

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Last year’s crab season delay had a disastrous impact on our state’s fishing industry, and it wasn’t great news for humpback whales either – California saw a record number of entanglements off the Coast. Several proactive/short-term measures have been taken by the fishing industry, emergency entanglement teams and the state legislature to address this increasingly common occurrence. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sacramento, CA – In less than a week’s time, Senator Mike McGuire’s bill to combat the over-prescription of powerful psychotropic medication among our state’s foster youth has been approved overwhelmingly by two Assembly committees on its way to creating a formal on-going process for the California Medical Board to review and confidentially investigate psychotropic medication prescription patterns outside the standard of care.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire’s bill that will again require the State to make Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) payments to counties received unanimous bipartisan support in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee this morning.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Last year, Senator Mike McGuire and the Senate Human Services Committee requested an audit, through the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, to provide data on the prescribing patterns of psychotropics among foster youth. The audit called on the Department of Health Care Services to answer questions regarding prescription rates and methods for foster children.

Psychotropic and antipsychotic medication prescription rates in California’s foster care system have soared over the past 15 years – there has been a 1400 percent increase.

McGuire sounds off on curious delay and data dump for audit

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire, Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee, is continuing his quest to fix a devastating problem that has impacted thousands of California’s foster youth for over a decade – the over-prescription of powerful psychotropic medication. 

Following hearings last year on the misuse of psychotropic medication in foster care, Senator McGuire’s legislation to ensure the state has the ability to monitor the administration of these drugs among foster youth was approved yesterday in the Assembly Health Committee.

State and county leaders will update community on recovery and rebuilding efforts

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Details are set for next week’s Lake County Strong Town Hall: A Community Update on Valley Fire Recovery & Rebuilding Efforts. Senator McGuire and Assemblymember Dodd are joining state agency officials, Lake County representatives and non-profit leaders in Middletown on Thursday evening, June 23 for the community-wide update.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire released the following statement regarding the budget agreement. 

“This budget is both forward thinking and fiscally responsible,” Senator McGuire said. “It recognizes that these good financial times will not last forever while at the same time, we are committed to reinvesting in our state’s highest priorities: early childhood education, affordable housing, homeless services, mental health as well as making college more accessible.”

June 23 meeting bringing state agency and county leaders together in Middletown

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire, Assemblymember Bill Dodd and Lake County officials are partnering to host an informative and comprehensive update from both state and local leaders on the massive recovery and rebuilding process happening in South Lake County in the wake of the Valley Fire.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Today, the State Coastal Conservancy authorized $1 million to construct the Eureka Waterfront Trail, which will increase public access to the city’s beautiful bay front and marshes, connecting residents from natural coastal eco-systems to historic Old Town Eureka.

SB 1287 will protect whales from crab gear

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sacramento, CA – With breaking news of another threatened humpback whale becoming entangled in lost or abandoned crab gear off the Northern California coast this week, legislation that will protect whales by removing this gear from the ocean is gaining focus and attention.