Press Releases

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…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) is introduced AB 2091, which would require the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to sponsor a 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles License Plate and the proceeds from the license plate would go towards weekend office hours for the DMV. "A state audit from last year put on display how dysfunctional the DMV has been operating and Californians have spent an excessive amount of time waiting in offices just to be seen" said Brough. "My bill would keep the DMV open on the weekends, which would cut down on wait times and allow Californians …
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) is introduced AB 2090, which would permit California Drivers to choose a 2-year vehicle registration beginning January 1, 2021. "The wait times at the DMV have been atrocious and have cost California taxpayers more money in order to reduce those time constraints" said Brough. "My bill aims to alleviate wait times at the DMV by allowing Californians to register their vehicles up to two years instead of requiring it to be renewed every year."  A recent Department of Finance audit found that if customers were required to renew their…
I want to give you a quick update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how the State of California is responding. In a recent notice, the Federal Government has removed from consideration the proposal to house COVID-19 patients at the Fairview Developmental Center. In no way do I find it appropriate or would I support a move to place patients in quarantine in Costa Mesa or in populated Orange County. The State must act in a way that protects the health and safety of our communities.Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference on COVID-19 and here are the facts:    In California, 8,400…