Press Releases

SACRAMENTO - The Joint Legislative Audit Committee today unanimously approved a request by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) to have the nonpartisan State Auditor's office audit the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA). Bates and Brough requested the audit after local officials raised concerns about the integrity of SOCWA's financial management of public funds. They issued the joint statement: "We thank the Joint Legislative Audit Committee for its bipartisan support of our request to ensure that Orange County…
After reviewing the proposals put forth by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and listening to and consulting with many residents and stakeholders regarding this issue, like my colleague Senator Pat Bates, I believe that the proposed alignments could irreparably harm the quality of life of affected communities. Therefore, I will oppose those proposed extensions. While the proposed toll road extensions are still that – proposals – it is important for you and your neighbors to share your concerns and get your questions answered. The TCA will be holding a public forum on June 5, 2017,…
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Bill Brough (R–Dana Point) discussed a reform proposal to ensure the sustainability of California’s public employee pension system. The California Pension Protection Act (ACA 15) would give voters a voice in their government’s pension decisions and protect vital services that could be threatened by unfunded pension debt. Because workers depend on the pensions they have been promised, this proposal reforms the pension system without impacting current government employees or their benefits. “Out-of-control pension debt is threatening the services our citizens…
SACRAMENTO –Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) issued the following statement in response to the release of Governor Brown’s May Revision of his 2017-18 budget proposal: “Pensions in California are on the verge of extinction if we continue to approve state budgets, year after year, without addressing the needed reform that will prevent the catastrophic collapse of our retirement system.” “The Governor’s proposal to prepay $6 billion against the $279 billion of unfunded pension liabilities is a band-aid approach. Without sensible and fair pension reforms to protect taxpayers and keep the…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Bill Brough (R–Dana Point) is proud to announce that his joint-authored legislation with Tom Daly (D-Anaheim), Assembly Bill 346, has passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. AB 346 would allow cities to extend their Low to Moderate Income Housing Fund (LMIHF) dollars towards, homelessness services, transitional housing, or emergency housing, in addition to affordable housing. “We are in the middle of a housing crisis that has resulted in an increase of homeless population in California” said Assemblyman Brough. “In Orange County, the homeless…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Bill Brough (R–Dana Point) issued the following statement today after the California State Assembly passed Senate Bill 1, which is the Governor’s $52 billion tax increase for the next 10 years to fund transportation. SB 1 will enact a $5.2 billion annual tax increase for transportation with almost no significant funding for traffic congestion relief. Californians across this state face long commute times, gridlock and the effect of years of neglect to our roadways. The Public Policy Institute of California found that nearly 60 percent of Californians view traffic…
SACRAMENTO: Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) introduced sweeping political reform legislation today that would stop candidates or interested agencies from sending taxpayer funded mass mailings close to an election. “Voter contact is an essential and honorable aspect of our democracy, but it must also be protected from abuse and manipulation,” said Brough. “My legislation will restore both common sense and common purpose to an aspect of elections that is well out of control.” Brough’s legislation will stop the issuing of “mass mailings” by both political candidates and government…