Press Releases

SJR 3 urges Congress to permanently safeguard the river from strip mining

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sacramento, CA – A Senate Joint Resolution authored by Senator Mike McGuire protecting the Smith River watershed from strip-mining was made official last week after approval on both the Assembly and Senate floors.

North Coast Senator Mike McGuire advocated for Smith River protection by urging his fellow legislators to help him ensure the state’s premiere wild and scenic river would be protected from the devastating effects of a proposed strip-mining operation along the North Fork of the Smith River in southern Oregon, just over the California border.

SB 643 provides necessary framework for un-regulated medical marijuana industry

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire’s bill to bring much-needed, and desired, regulation to the medical marijuana industry was again approved by another committee this week as it makes its way through the legislative process. SB 643 – The Medical Marijuana Public Safety and Environmental Protection Act – received overwhelming support in the Assembly Business & Professions Committee Tuesday morning gaining even more momentum as the bill has already cleared three Senate committees, as well as passing on the Senate floor in June.

North Bay Senator spearheaded efforts to access state funding for passenger rail service connecting Marin and Sonoma counties

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Following through on his commitment to the success of SMART (the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit), Senator Mike McGuire, working hand-in-hand with the SMART Board of Directors and State Transportation officials, announced today that $11 million has been secured for the purchase of additional rail vehicles which will serve northbound service. The additional vehicles are needed to expand capacity and connect the Town of Windsor to the remainder of the SMART system.  

SB 788 heads for final vote on the Assembly floor

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Clearing another major hurdle Monday, Senator Mike McGuire’s historic legislation to forever protect California’s coast from new offshore oil development continues to gain momentum and support as it heads to the full Assembly for final approval.

SB 788 – The California Coastal Protection Act – received bi-partisan support passing with a 7-2 vote in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Monday afternoon.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sacramento, CA –  Earlier this year, Senator Mike McGuire introduced The Rural Safety and Clean Air Act (SB 523), which would invest $5 million per year  to replace aging school buses in rural school districts. Working collaboratively with the California Air Resources Board, the $5 million was approved today and will be allocated to rural school districts to replace old and polluting school buses through a grant process starting in mid-2016.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire has dedicated the greater part of the last five years on expanding career training and job skills programs in our public middle and high schools. Since being elected to the State Senate, McGuire has doubled down on those efforts – organizing a bi-partisan coalition to successfully push for the largest investment in career training programs over the last decade via The Career and Job Skills Education Act (SB 148).

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire’s bill to protect the tallest trees on the planet – old growth redwoods – from burl poachers received a unanimous vote of support from the Senate last week.

Burls are the dormant, knobby materials that grow at the base of the tree’s trunk allowing the old growth redwood to grow new saplings, which is vital to the health of California’s forests. Poachers have been targeting these burls at increasing rates in California’s State and National Parks.

With over 100 official supporting organizations, SB 593 gained significant momentum toward 2016 legislative session

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sacramento, CA –A bill that created a simple solution to a growing problem – communities being swamped by issues related to online vacation rentals – will continue to move forward next legislative session when it proceeds as a two-year bill, Senator Mike McGuire announced this week.

SB 643 develops desperately needed framework for medical marijuana industry

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire’s groundbreaking legislation creating an all-encompassing regulatory framework for the medical marijuana industry, passed off the Senate floor Thursday morning with significant support.

SB 788 will protect California’s environment & $40 billion coastal economy by closing the offshore oil drilling loophole

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sacramento, CA – The Senate today approved North Coast Senator Mike McGuire’s legislation to forever protect California’s coast from new offshore oil development.