Press Releases

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,…
Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) pushes back against an unbalanced budget.  June 15 has been the designated date by which the California Legislature must act on the state budget. The deadline was given a little more authority a decade ago by requiring forfeiture of legislators’ pay for every day the budget is not passed. To prevent this loss, the budget process was hastily expedited with little public or legislative participation. “Once again we see more sleight of hand from the majority party,” said Mathis. “All we did today was ratify a half-cooked framework.…
Assemblymember Devon Mathis Responds to May Revise Sacramento– Today, Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) responds to Governor Gavin Newsom May Revise. Gov. Newsom today unveiled a revised state budget that reflects the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, shaving $19 billion off the January spending plan he released when state coffers were brimming with money. The revised plan reflects a 22% drop in revenue and calls for general fund spending of $133.9 billion, down from $153 billion in January. The total state budget is pegged at $203 billion, a $19 billion drop from…