Press Releases

Sacramento– Assembly Republican Whip, Devon J. Mathis (R-Porterville), announced today that Governor Newsom has signed his bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 1762, into law. This bill authorizes a nonprofit organization representing Gold Start families to build a monument to the Gold Star Families of California on the grounds of the California State Capitol. “I’m always humbled by the recognition that veterans like myself receive. However, ask any service member and they’ll tell you that their heroes are their families, and those who served alongside them but never made it home” Mathis said. “No…
Sacramento– Today, Assembly Republican Whip, Devon J. Mathis (R-Porterville), announced that Governor Newsom has signed his bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 1923, into law. This bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to prioritize proposals for new partnership academies in a manner that addresses the participation of pupils traditionally underrepresented in career technical education or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs or professions. “For too long, students in rural and disadvantaged communities have severely lacked access to quality STEM programs,”…
Sacramento– Today, Assembly Republican Whip, Devon J. Mathis (R-Porterville), issued the following statements regarding the Assembly Public Safety Committee’s refusal to pass AB 2017, Kelsey’s Law: “I am outraged by the misguided decision of the Assembly Public Safety Committee Chairman to oppose, and ultimately kill Kelsey’s Law,” said Mathis. “This common-sense, bipartisan bill would have given our children with intellectual disabilities a fair voice in the courtroom. Instead, the Chair has unilaterally ruled that these children should be subjected to repeated trauma and interrogation…
Sacramento– Today, Assembly Republican Whip, Devon Mathis (R-Porterville), issued the following statements regarding the passage of AB 2223 from the Assembly Health Committee: “I am extremely disgusted by the actions of the Assembly Health Committee in supporting this grotesque bill,” said Mathis. “This measure is sickening and it astounds me that we’re even considering it.” This bill, among other things, repeals existing law requiring coroners to investigate deaths related to suspected self-induced or criminal abortions.  Further, it completely immunizes pregnant persons and abortion…
Sacramento– Today, Assembly Republican Whip, Devon J. Mathis (R-Porterville), issued the following statements regarding the Assembly Democrat’s blatant disregard for the Standing Rules of the Assembly to block efforts to immediately lower gas prices: “I am extremely disappointed in my Democrat colleagues for their distorting of the Standing Rules of the Assembly and their unwillingness to act to lower our gas prices now,” said Mathis. “Today, we were witness to repeated attempts to silence our Republican Leader, Assemblymember James Gallagher, despite being formally recognized in his motion…
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, Assemblymember Devon J. Mathis (R-Porterville) issued the following statement in response to discussions during an informational Budget Committee hearing on Governor Newsom’s January Budget:  “It is beyond frustrating that each year we have to beg and plead with the Governor to include real relief for our supply of safe and affordable drinking water; however, each year, it seems as though our request for more water is set aside for budget pork,” said Mathis.  “The Central Valley is drying up while millions of acre feet of water is lost under the guise of ‘beneficial use…
Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Porterville) issued the following comments on the Governor’s proposed budget for 2022-2023: “It is apparent that this budget is the embodiment of the unaffordability of California,” said Mathis. “For the past few budget cycles, the State has posted record surpluses, even despite the devastation wrought upon the economy by the COVID pandemic. Today, the Governor announced billions in new spending, most of which will require ongoing funding obligations. Assuming these surpluses are finite, I’m concerned that the state will become far more…
Today, Assembly Republican Whip, Devon J. Mathis (R-Porterville), announced that Governor Newsom signed his bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 425, into law. This bill builds upon AB 590 from 2019, which was an earlier legislative success of the Assemblyman’s, and strengthens California’s dairy industry by providing much needed clarity and objective standards for milk costs and production protocol. “I am extremely proud and pleased to have been able to support our hard-working and dedicated dairy producers and handlers by successfully getting AB 425 to the Governor’s desk,” said Mathis. “The dairy…