Press Releases

SB 1287, just approved in the Assembly, will protect whales from crab gear

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sacramento, CA – A record number of whales are suffering from entanglements in California waters – 2015 saw 57 whales entangled off our coast, which is the highest total since the National Marine Fisheries Service started keeping records in 1982. Just in the first half of this year alone, there were another 40 reports of entangled whales off California’s coast. Many of these whales are becoming entangled in lost or abandoned crab fishing gear.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sacramento, CA – After months of delay, the audit Senator Mike McGuire and the Senate Human Services Committee requested over a year ago, which focused on dangerous over-prescribing patterns in California’s foster care system, was released today. The document states that the state and counties have “failed to oversee the prescribing of psych meds in the foster care system” and it disclosed a system-wide failure regarding the tracking of psychotropic medication patterns, which has put the health and safety of thousands of California’s foster youth at risk.

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.