Press Releases

SACRAMENTO – A bill introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson would allow local law enforcement agencies to tap into CHP resources to investigate and prevent catalytic converter theft. The theft of catalytic converters has risen dramatically throughout the state. In Los Angeles County, it is estimated that catalytic converter thefts were up by 400 percent in 2020. In Fresno County, reports of stolen catalytic converters went up over 900 percent from 2020 to 2021. AB 1653 will help address the skyrocketing theft of catalytic converters by expanding the CHP Regional Property Crimes Task Force…
SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson to make it faster and easier to build new escape routes in high fire danger areas has been approved unanimously on the Assembly Floor. AB 1154 would eliminate California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements on projects to build new roads in high fire-hazard zones where there is currently only one way in and one way out. The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has identified numerous mountain and foothill neighborhoods in California that only have one exit route. Having an additional road into and out of an area…
SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson to make it faster and easier to build new escape routes in high fire danger areas in rural neighborhoods has been approved unanimously on the Assembly Floor. AB 1154 would eliminate California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements where a new road is needed in a high fire-hazard zone where there is only one road out. The Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has identified numerous mountain and foothill neighborhoods in California that only have one exit route. Having an additional road into and out of an area during…
SACRAMENTO – The EDD has suspended an unknown number of claims due to a new scam involving “organized criminals using stolen medical provider credentials.” Until EDD can verify the identity of the doctors in question, their patients won’t get paid. Dozens of people have reached out to Assemblyman Patterson’s office for help. People with debilitating illnesses, injuries and even new mothers have been without payments for months. Many have reached the end of their financial rope. EDD has been aware of the new scam targeting California doctors since mid-December. EDD is emailing doctors this…
SACRAMENTO – Legislation was approved in an Assembly committee Monday to exempt victims of recent wildfires from a law requiring all new homes to have solar panels beginning in 2020. Assemblyman Jim Patterson introduced AB 1078 in order to include victims of numerous devastating 2020 wildfires in an exemption granted to previous wildfire victims. Without this bill, every person seeking to rebuild would be required to put solar panels on their home. “Thousands of homes were lost in 2020 wildfires. Many of these victims already do not have enough insurance money to cover the cost of…
SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson to make it faster and easier to build new escape routes in high fire danger areas in rural neighborhoods was approved in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Monday. AB 1154 would eliminate CEQA requirements for projects that build additional escape routes in high fire-hazard zones. The exemption would apply to neighborhoods identified by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection where a second access road is needed. Newly released reports by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection show many mountain and foothill…
  AB 262 is now in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This is where a lot of great bills meet their demise. We don’t want AB 262 to be one of them. We need as many letters of support as possible sent to the Chairwoman, Lorena Gonzalez. This committee will decide if the bill moves to the Assembly Floor for a vote. Simply email approps.committee@assembly.ca.gov. The subject should be "SUPPORT AB 262".  There are two ways to help: 1. PUT THE SAMPLE SUPPORT LETTER ON YOUR LETTERHEAD 2. COPY & PASTE TEXT INTO EMAIL – FEEL FREE TO ADD PERSONAL COMMENTS TO THE VERBIAGE BELOW…
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 262 passed unanimously in the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Victims of human trafficking are commonly forced to commit various crimes to survive. AB 262 will make it faster and easier for them to clear their record of nonviolent offenses so they can begin their new lives.  AB 262 addresses several problems: ELIMINATES REQUIREMENT TO PAY FEES BEFORE COURT HEARING PROBLEM: Current law creates a catch-22 that makes it almost impossible for survivors to clear their criminal records. Survivors often have to pay all fines and meet all probation requirements before…
Last year, Gavin's Law (AB 582) fell one vote short in the Senate Public Safety Committee. Assemblyman Patterson and the Gladding family are not giving up, but we need your help.Today the maximum sentence for a driver who hits, kills and runs is only four years behind bars. The driver who hit Gavin only served 1 year. Gavin’s Law will increase the maximum sentence for a fatal hit and run from 4 to 6 YEARS. AB 582 closes a loophole that actually benefits drunk or drugged hit and run drivers. By fleeing, they avoid a potential 15-year sentence from a DUI charge. --- WE NEED YOUR HELP…
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R- Fresno) announced Monday he has selected Lorna Roush as the 23rd Assembly District’s 2021 Woman of the Year. Lorna is a fifth-generation family farmer in Fresno County and a tireless advocate for agriculture. On top of the day-to-day operations on the farm, Lorna is active in many community organizations including California Women for Agriculture and Central Valley Women for Agriculture, My Job Depends on Ag, the Ag One Foundation at Fresno State, Riverdale Community Foundation, Fresno County Farm Bureau, Horizon Pistachios Company, and American…