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FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) — A new bill in Sacramento aims to help agencies in disadvantaged communities hire more first responders—by helping pay off educational loans. “Just imagine someone coming into this profession, with a with a degree that they've spent a lot of money to get and then there is this incentive,” says Reedley Police Chief Joe Garza. “You come and work for the Police Department and that college bill can be taken care of. That is a huge incentive.” Assembly Bill 2093 from Assemblyman Devon Mathis of Porterville would create an educational loan repayment program for first…
On Wednesday, State Assembly Republican Whip Devon Mathis, whose district includes Porterville, led several Assembly Republicans in submitting a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting additional resources to address the continued Employment Development Department unemployment claims backlog.
SACRAMENTO — Despite concerns about a spate of fatal shootings in California, a bill to create new taxes on the sale of guns and ammunition to pay for gun-violence prevention programs failed to get the two-thirds vote needed for passage Thursday in the state Assembly. Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) said he has sympathy for the families of shooting victims but noted that he believes the tax hike will not address the root causes of gun violence, including poverty and mental illness. Instead, he said it would burden law-abiding gun owners.
SACRAMENTO – A local legislator’s plan to give every fourth grader free access to California State Parks was held up in committee last week, meaning the law would not take effect in time for families to take advantage of learning opportunities over the summer break. Assembly Republican Whip Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) said Assembly Bill 542, which would have waived entrance fees for fourth graders at the parks, stalled during the May 20 Assembly Appropriations Committee’s Suspense File Hearing.
The most combative exchange between the Assembly and the Department of Finance centered around the impact of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in the San Joaquin Valley.  Assemblyman Devon J. Mathis (R-Visalia) said some projections have estimated a loss of up to $2 billion.  “Have you guys done any projections on the crop loss due to the implications of SGMA?” Mathis asked, citing a potential 30 percent decline in productivity. “If the San Joaquin Valley becomes a dust bowl because of loss of water due to SGMA [and] environmental regulations…and our row croppers don’t plant…
A shiny white mobile van was wheeled into the parking lot at Mountain View Health Center last Friday morning, December 13. It was adorned with a large red bow and ribbon which gave it the appearance of a Christmas present to the community from Kern Valley Healthcare District (KVHD).
Inyo County’s representatives,   State Senator Andreas Borgeas and Assemblyman Devon Mathis, recently recognized Northern Inyo Healthcare District for its designation as the Healthcare District of the Year by the Association of California Healthcare Districts. Mathis, representing California’s 26th Assembly District, visited the District to present the NIHD Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, with a framed Assembly Resolution. Borgeas, representing California’s 8th Senate District, had an approved State Senate Certificate delivered by Field…
“This measure has a lot of repercussions and we should respect the will of the people,” Assemblyman Devon Mathis said. “As of late, it feels like California has forgotten about its duty to its citizens.”
“Now that this nonsense is over with, it would be great to see Democrats focus on the actual problems facing Californians,” Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) said in a press statement. “When they passed the SB 27, Democrats proved they never let the Constitution get in the way of wasting taxpayer dollars or trying to silence those who disagree with them. Thank you to the Supreme Court for striking down this illegal voter suppression effort and upholding our nation’s laws and values. Despite what Democrat lawmakers would like to believe, California is still subject to the United States…
Assembly Republican Whip Devon Mathis of Visalia issued the following statement following the court's decision. When they passed the SB 27, Democrats proved they never let the Constitution get in the way of wasting taxpayer dollars or trying to silence those who disagree with them. Thank you to the Supreme Court for striking down this illegal voter suppression effort and upholding our nation’s laws and values. Despite what Democrat lawmakers would like to believe, California is still subject to the United States Constitution. Now that this nonsense is over with, it would be great to see…