Press Releases

San Juan Capistrano – Assembly Member William P. Brough (R-Dana Point) is proud to name the South Coast Conservatory as the 2020 Small Business of the Year for the 73rd Assembly District. With studios in both Laguna Niguel and San Clemente, South Coast Conservatory’s mission is to drive youth to success with important life skills and confidence by providing education, scholarships and performance opportunities. South Coast Conservatory is working on bringing the benefits of dance and the performing arts to places and people who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity. South Coast…
San Juan Capistrano – Assembly Member William P. Brough (R-Dana Point) recognized Kolin Williams as the 2020 Veteran of the Year for the 73rd Assembly District. Williams was presented with an Assembly Resolution surrounded by friends and family at the Saddleback College VETS Center. Kolin Williams served in the United States Army as an M1A1 Main Battle Tank Crewmember from 1995 to 1999. For his distinguished services he was awarded an Army Commendation Medal, a National Defense Service Medal and an Army Service Ribbon.  Throughout the course of American history, courageous individuals have…
SACRAMENTO –Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) reacted today to Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020-2021 budget proposal: “The Governor's budget would spend a record-high $222 billion, an increase of $8 billion over last year while more and more Californians struggle with affordability. California families and businesses deserve an affordable California. This will not be solved by tax increases but by lasting reforms to reverse the years of over taxing, regulating and spending. I applaud the Governor for addressing California’s staggering home prices and out-of-control homelessness problem. We…
SACRAMENTO – On the first day in session of 2020, Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) presented AB 535 to the Assembly Revenue and Taxation committee, which would increase the amount of licensed mental health and housing professionals in California by providing a tax credit for initial licensing fees. “Licensing fees in California act as a barrier of entry for many professionals either starting a new career or making a career change because these fees require individuals to go into debt before they can even get a job,” said Brough. According to a study by the Little Hoover Commission,…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) has announced that Governor Gavin Newsom has signed his Assembly Bill 230 that enacts changes to the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) program in support of better protections for disabled veteran subcontractors. “While the DVBE program has indeed helped provide jobs for disabled veterans in California, two audits of the program have raised concerns about the program’s administration and data collection,” stated Brough. “This bill is about encouraging more participation by disabled veterans in state contracting bids and the…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) has announced that Governor Gavin Newsom has vetoed his Assembly Bill 551 that would require law enforcement to drug test in cases of fatalities occurring within 48 hours of a traffic collision. “Testing standards during fatal vehicle accidents has not been changed in over 25 years, this bill would have improved the forensic testing and data collected in these incidences,” said Assemblyman Brough. “Although this is not the outcome we wanted, I will continue to work on policies that keep our roads and communities safe.” AB 551 was sponsored…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Brough (R – Dana Point) issued the following statement on Governor Newsom’s State of the State: “I am pleased that Governor Newsom acknowledges that California’s middle-class is reaching a breaking point. That is especially true when it comes to the high cost of housing. However, with growing uncertainty about the economy, we have to be careful with our budget priorities and unsustainable ongoing programs. “The real challenge to balancing the family checkbook in California has become increasingly more difficult as the price of gas, rent and insurance keeps climbing…
SACRAMENTO – The California State Auditor having concluded the audit of SOCWA, presented to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) its findings and recommendations regarding their audit of the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA). After this week’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee meeting, committee member Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) stated, “When our committee considered Senator Pat Bates and Assemblyman Brough’s request to audit SOCWA, I was troubled to hear the allegations of the JPA’s financial transparency issues. The State Auditor’s findings of…
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Local Government Committee unanimously approved Assembly Bill 2558 by Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point). AB 2558 would extend protections to voters and citizens by ensuring any attempt to consolidate the elected roles of the treasurer-tax collector and the auditor-controller, the fiduciary and financial watchdogs of public funds, to an appointed position be first approved by voters. Assemblyman Brough is pleased to introduce the legislation with the support of the California Association of County Treasurers-Tax Collectors and the Orange County Auditor-…
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Bill Brough (R – Dana Point) introduced AB 1900 – an economic incentive package that could be the catalyst for large employers like Amazon and Apple to locate and expand in California. "California needs to shed its image as an unfriendly business state," said Brough. “For every reason a corporation should choose California, which includes a diverse, highly educated, tech-savvy workforce, and top-ranked universities, ports, and international airports, there remain concerns by many citing the state's high taxes and burdensome regulations.” Since 2012, the Tax…