Press Releases

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) introduced legislation that provides a simple solution to one of California's growing challenges: Regulating Online Vacation Rental Businesses.

The premise of Senate Bill 593 (SB 593) is simple. Where vacation rentals are legal, the bill will assist local jurisdictions in their regulation and collection of Transit Occupancy Taxes (TOT). More than 400 California cities and 55 counties impose a TOT. Where vacation rentals are illegal by local ordinance, the bill will prohibit online vacation rental businesses from making a rental.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire today advanced an appeal to the California Department of Business Oversight to directly insert the Department in the issue of Westamerica bank closing in Upper Lake.

Westamerica Bank’s proposed Upper Lake branch closure - the only bank in the community - was initially approved by the Department of Business Oversight, however, after residents and business owners rallied to raise awareness of the impact the closure would have on the larger community, the Department re-opened its case.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sacramento, CA – After weeks of working with the state Office of Emergency Services, Senator Mike McGuire has helped secure more than $900,000 in emergency funds to help Lake County recover from the devastating effects of a series of storms in early December.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sacramento, CA –During an emotional and informative Senate Human Services oversight hearing on the over-prescription of psychotropic drugs among California’s foster care youth, Senator Mike McGuire declared that the state must to do a better job of protecting its most vulnerable children.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sacramento, CA – State Senator Mike McGuire introduced legislation this week to protect old growth redwoods -- the tallest trees on the planet – and put a stop to the devastating  practice of burl theft  from our state and national parks and California’s forests. Burls – the dormant, knobby material that grows at the base of redwood trees – are the primary method of redwood tree regeneration.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire co-authored legislation introduced this week to help rural counties recover more than a decade worth of payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) from the state.

Small, rural counties with tax-exempt state land miss out on taxes they would otherwise be paid for the property. Instead, the state is obligated to make payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) to help counties recover the lost property tax revenue. The state more than $19 million in PILT obligations to counties across the state, for funds they have not been paid over the last several years.

Monday, January 26, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA - State Senator Mike McGuire today praised much of the Governor's budget proposal today, especially for its strong action on one of the Senator’s highest priorities.

"I am thrilled that the Governor's budget included desperately needed funding for the Career Technology Education and Job Skills Programs along with funding for local Future Farmers of America chapters," said McGuire. "We have been working with the Governor's office and Superintendent Torlakson to ensure California's high school students get the career skills they need to thrive in their future careers."

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Two days after State Senator Mike McGuire introduced legislation calling on Congress to protect the Smith River, the Panama-based Red Flat Nickel Corporation has withdrawn its water application from the Oregon Water Resources Department.

“I'm grateful to join with Congressman Huffman to fight this devastating proposal and I am pleased to see the mining company reconsidering their plans. That said, now is the time to ensure the entire Smith River watershed is protected forever which means our work is far from over,” McGuire said.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sacramento, CA – State Senator Mike McGuire introduced legislation today – joining with Congressman Jared Huffman - calling on Congress to protect Northern California’s only wild river 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.

“The Smith River is one of the last unspoiled rivers in the west, and I plan to keep it that way,” said McGuire. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sacramento, CA – State Senator Mike McGuire released the following comments regarding President Obama’s State of the Union speech this evening.

Broadband Initiative.

“I was thrilled to see the President’s new focus to help millions of rural residents access high speed internet.  For too long, folks living outside city centers have been challenged to access affordable and reliable high speed internet, including rural public schools, health clinics and small businesses.”