Press Releases

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sacramento, CA – With a unanimous show of support in the Assembly Thursday, Senator Mike McGuire’s bill that will assist rural counties by again requiring the State to fund Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) reimbursements to counties will now head to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature.

In fact, support for the bill was so strong in the legislature that it was approved by all Senate committees, Assembly committees and both houses without receiving any votes in opposition.

Fisheries and ocean experts will discuss impacts of historic crab season delay and Domoic acid disaster

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire, chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, will convene a special hearing on August 10 at the State Capitol to receive a progress report on the 2015-16 crab season, the federal disaster declaration, ocean conditions and Domoic acid levels along with new potential rules and guidelines which are responding to this year’s disastrous season.

Congressman Thompson and Senator McGuire lead tribute effort

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Last year, after the death of Mr. Henry Trione, Congressman Mike Thompson and State Senator Mike McGuire brought forward an official request to add Mr. Trione’s name to Annadel State Park after his death at age 95.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the No Place Like Home Initiative – a landmark bipartisan legislative initiative to provide $2 billion for housing and services for homeless Californians. Senator McGuire was part of the State Senate team who brought forward and drafted the initiative that will provide communities – big and small – resources for desperately needed permanent supportive housing and mental health and drug and alcohol treatment services.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire today shepherded legislation on the Senate Floor to put a measure on the November ballot that will make theft of a firearm a felony regardless of the value of the gun. This legislation became necessary when Prop 47 made it only a misdemeanor when handguns, shotguns, rifles and AR-15 types of weapons, which are easy to find for sale under $950 at most retail gun stores, are stolen.   

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.