Press Releases

Sacramento– Today, Assembly Republican Whip, Devon Mathis (R-Porterville), introduced ACA 13, the Water Infrastructure Funding Act, which would require that two percent of the State’s General Fund revenue be dedicated to water infrastructure and development. “I am proud to continue to work on this critical measure to bring about a real solution to our State’s perpetual issues with water access and quality,” said Mathis. “It is vital that we have an ongoing funding stream to address the affects of climate change on our failing water infrastructure systems. We’ve made access to clean, safe,…
Sacramento– Today, Assembly Republican Whip, Devon J. Mathis (R-Porterville), introduced AB 1923, The Equity in STEM Act. This bill establishes grants for 100 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) Partnership Academic programs, and promotes recruiting students traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields. “I’m proud to author AB 1923 which would bring parity to our State’s effective STEM programs,” said Mathis. “These programs are a proven and effective form of learning that enables students to gain the necessary experience and knowledge to pursue a career after graduation.…
Sacramento– Today, Assembly Republican Whip, Devon J. Mathis (R-Porterville), announced that Governor Newsom signed his bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 1180, into law over the weekend. This bill adds federally recognized California Indian Tribes to the list of local, state, or federal agencies who are offered a right of first refusal when purchasing surplus lands from a local agency. “I am extremely grateful and humbled to have lead this effort to provide a fair and meaningful opportunity that allows federally recognized tribes to purchase and regain culturally and historically significant lands,”…
Sacramento– Today, the Assembly Republican Whip, Devon J. Mathis (R-Porterville), lead several Assembly Republicans in submitting a letter to Governor Newsom requesting additional resources to address the continued Employment Development Department (EDD) unemployment claims backlog. “I am extremely disappointed in the ongoing issues with our EDD, and its inability to provide timely aid to our struggling families and communities,” said Mathis. “The Governor’s recent announcement of additional Unemployment Insurance (UI) liaisons for legislative offices is greatly appreciated.  However, this…
Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon J. Mathis (R- Porterville) announced that AB 754 passed out of the Assembly with bipartisan support.  The measure would authorize the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to extend the deadline for the submission of a groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) for a high- or medium priority basin for up to 180 days. “A vital component in the development of a GSP is that of public outreach, and engagement with local groups and stakeholders through public meetings.  However, for many local or groundwater sustainability agency’s this process has been severely…
Sacramento– Today, Assembly Republican Whip Devon J. Mathis (R-Visalia) issued the following statements regarding yesterday’s Assembly Appropriations Committee’s Suspense File Hearing. “I am extremely disappointed in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and their blatant misalignment of priorities,” said Mathis. “Regrettably, this committee has become a hyper-partisan institution where only the favorite members of committee leadership are allowed any opportunity for legislative success.  This non-transparent process allows an oligarchy to have complete control over the policy direction of…
Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) issued the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s drought announcement:  “As the state braces for the inevitable water restrictions and conservation plans, it is important to remember that we had several years to collect and store excess rainfall to better prepare for this drought.  The majority party failed to do so,” said Mathis. “Sadly, we saw millions of gallons of drinkable water flow directly out to sea, rather than refilling our struggling aquifers.  While the state cannot take back its wasteful attitude over the…
Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) named Elizabeth Wynn as the 26th Assembly District’s 2021 Woman of the Year.  “Elizabeth Wynn’s commitment to bless her community through service is inspiring. She strengthens the valley as she works for everyone’s right to access to health care, food, shelter, and education,” said Mathis. “To say that Elizabeth, or Liz as I know her, is a helpful individual is a huge understatement.  I have seen her work for hours, days, and weeks on projects and events just to make sure they were perfect. It’s not always easy to recognize a single…
Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) supported the plan to reopen our state’s school systems.  The bill, AB 86, incentivizes public schools to plan for and provide in-person instruction by March 31, 2021. “I stand in support with my local superintendents and parents in reopening our schools,” said Mathis. “I’m grateful that this bill goes a long way to funding our schools to ensure that this reopening process is expedited, not financially burdensome to our school districts, and addresses the widespread learning loss that has been seen across the state.” AB 86…
Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) introduced AB 542, the Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) Act.  This bill expands upon the Federal EKIP program and grants free access to California’s state parks for 4th graders. “More than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. At the same time, and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids are spending more time than ever before in front of screens instead of being outside,” said Mathis. “The EKIP program provides 4th graders with valuable opportunities to explore, learn,…