Senator Jim Nielsen
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2015
CONTACT: Nghia Nguyen @ 916.307.9955
Bad Drought Policy Decided Behind Closed Doors
The Legislature and Governor today passed the state budget with a bipartisan 30-9 vote. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, voted to support the budget bill using the Governor’s more prudent revenue estimates. Senate Bill 97 keeps faith with voters by putting $3.5 billion in the Rainy Day fund.
Senator Nielsen, however, vigorously pushed for opposition to follow-up legislation, known as ‘trailer bills,’ that imposes mandates and fines on Californians as they cope with extreme drought conditions. Senate Bill 88, which would enact far-reaching water policies, passed with a 24 to 14 vote. Continue reading