Press Releases

Sacramento - The Orange County Grand Jury has released a critical review of the Transportation Corridor Agencies, titled “Are They Taking Their Toll On Orange County?” The report concluded that “given the duplicative activities and expenses of both JPAs and the fact that the missions leading to their founding have essentially been accomplished (especially the SJHTCA which finished building its single road in 1998 and other than adding planned expansion lanes, has no other plans whatsoever to expand its route structure), the Grand Jury concludes that as envisioned in the founding legislation,…
Sacramento – The California Assembly unanimously passed AB 3087 authored by Assemblyman Bill Brough (R- Dana Point), where the bill now heads to the Senate. The bill will help Californian’s seeking their contractor’s license and results in state savings at the Contractors State License Board. The license contractor industry greatly supports AB 3087 that would allow CSLB the ability to contract with a third-party vendor to administer examinations. The CSLB is the only Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) board or bureau that leases testing centers throughout the state for the administration…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised 2020-21 budget proposal:  “I believe the real revise will be in August when we see the 15 July tax revenues. I hope the budget funds only essential state roles and reduces spending without the urge to raise taxes and fees. We need to reopen California business safely and quickly to get people back to work. The state, counties and cities relying on a Federal bailout is not a budget strategy. We need to suspend upcoming regulations and mandates that will only…
The circumstances that have been created by the COVID-19 crisis pose a daunting challenge for all of us. In many cases, this crisis has taken a serious financial toll on Orange County households and businesses. In response, several Federal and State programs are dedicated to providing support to our employers and the Orange County workforce through the challenges of COVID-19.  FINANCIAL HELP FOR BUSINESS OWNERS: Federal Assistance – CARES Act  COVID-19: Paycheck Protection Program - The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides small businesses with funds, in the form of a…
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the top headline in the news, and many people are understandably concerned with their own health, the risks to their family members, friends, neighbors, as well as, their economic livelihood. Here is an update on some critical developments on COVID-19 as it relates to both employees and employers impacted by the Coronavirus.WorkersSick or Quarantined If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers…
San Juan Capistrano – Assembly Member William P. Brough, R-Dana Point names The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano as the 2020 Nonprofit of the Year for the 73rd Assembly District. Located in San Juan Capistrano, The Ecology Center educates, inspires, and involves people in the stewardship of Southern California's environment through hands-on, practical solutions in the areas of Food, Water, Shelter, Waste, and Energy. “The moms, dads, children, families and students in South Orange County are privileged to have the Ecology Center located here in in San Juan Capistrano. Not only do they…
Brough Urges Strict Quarantine, Saying “It is time to put any partisanship aside, use common sense and move from a ‘low risk’ approach to a ‘no risk approach.'" Monday, March 2, 2020 San Juan Capistrano – Today, Assemblyman Bill Brough joins with other Orange County elected officials applauding the Federal decision not to put any coronavirus patients at Fairview Developmental Center. This is a great first step, but several important questions remain. One of the most important questions is, “Why are highly populated areas being considered for housing patients, when so much…
SACRAMENTO –Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) introduced AB 3087, which would allow the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to work with third-party vendors to administer its licensing examinations.  "Under current law most state licensing boards and bureaus are able to contract out the administration of licensing exams to third party vendors, however, the CSLB is not one of those boards that is allowed this opportunity," said Brough. "By allowing the CSLB to contract with third-party vendors, the board could save up to $600,000 a year and would greatly increase the amount of testing…
SACRAMENTO –Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) introduced AB 3129, which would increase the fine of patient brokering up to $10,000.  "Drug and opioid overdoses are currently in the top 20 causes of death statewide and in Orange County, we see the toll this takes on the communities and lives affected by the opioid crisis," said Brough. "Unfortunately, there are bad actors who take advantage of this vulnerable population and get paid anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 for every patient they send to an unlicensed drug rehab facility."  "Currently the fine that the Department of Health Care…
SACRAMENTO –Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) introduced AB 2115, which would for the residents of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties, exempt from gross income any income earned on the moneys contributed to a homeownership saving account (HSA) on or after 1/1/21. "California's housing crisis has left our state with home values and rents that are the most expensive in the nation, " said Brough. "This bill allows first-time home buyers the option to save money in an account, without it being taxed, in order for the funds to be used as a down payment or for closing costs on a home…