Ted Gaines

My Turn: Protecting privacy rights

Technology’s miraculous leaps forward bring unimaginable benefits to us all. Life-saving medical procedures, limitless entertainment options, wealth building productivity tools and more change our lives for the better. But as with all tools, their benefit — or harm — depends on the intent of the user. That is why this legislative session I’m paying special attention to […]

Gaines’ Lake Tahoe good neighbor tuition bill passes out of committee

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) announced April 22 that his Senate Bill 605, which would establish a good neighbor tuition policy with students in Nevada, passed out of the Senate Committee on Education with unanimous, bipartisan support and is now on its way to the Senate Committee on Appropriations. “The Tahoe Basin […]

Fire tax relief bill passes out of committee

SACRAMENTO — In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Sen. Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) announced April 8 that his Senate Bill 250, which would lengthen the time homeowners have to pay or protest the annual $152.33 fee, passed out of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance with unanimous, bipartisan […]

Sen. Gaines introduces legislation to provide state fire tax relief

SACRAMENTO — In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today introduced legislation that would lengthen the time homeowners have to pay or protest the annual $150 fee. “Problems with timely mail delivery can be an issue in mountain and rural areas of my Senate District,” said Senator […]

My turn: How can we make California ‘CA-boom!’ again?

Ebola, landslide elections, immigration and Ferguson have dominated the holiday season news, and those massive stories have obscured a host of other events that augur poorly for the future of California unless we act to change the way we govern this state. It’s the problems related in these stories that inspired me to write CA-Boom! […]

Sen. Gaines gets new committee assignment

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R–Roseville, announced he has been appointed to serve on the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization for the 2015-16 legislative session. The Committee on Governmental Organization reviews legislation relating to state government organization, horseracing, public gaming, the National Guard, alcoholic beverages, management of public safety emergencies and disaster response, and […]

Sen. Gaines moves to kill ‘hidden gas tax’

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing, today introduced legislation that would immediately suspend the impending spike in gasoline prices scheduled for Jan. 1. “Families and businesses are all experiencing the benefits of lower gas prices in our state, and I don’t want to see them […]

Sen. Gaines condemns University of California tuition hike vote

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today denounced the University of California Board of Regents’ committee decision to raise tuition by as much as 25-percent over the next five years. This committee approval will send the tuition increase proposal to the full Board of Regents for a vote tomorrow: “If the full board approves this […]

Sen. Gaines blasts UC tuition increase plan

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today slammed the proposed University of California tuition increase plan, which could raise student fees 5-percent a year for the next five years. “The UC system must serve the academic elite, not just the financial elite,” said Gaines. “Students have been pummeled with tuition increases for years, and the […]

Senators Gaines, Steinberg fight for Tesla

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Thursday announced that he and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, have introduced Senate Bill 1309, a bipartisan bill that would entice Tesla Motors Inc. to build a large-scale battery factory in California. “Tesla is about to build a $5 billion factory and create 6,500 jobs somewhere in […]

Sen. Gaines’ bill to expedite insurance rate reductions to consumers fails in committee

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines’ (R–Roseville) bill to immediately get rate reductions to insurance consumers (Senate Bill 1173), failed April 24 in the Senate Insurance Committee on a 3-8 vote. “I am extremely disappointed that the Committee failed to pass this important bill,” said Gaines. “California auto insurance is the eighth-highest in the country and […]

Gaines celebrates fireworks solution

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today issued the following statement regarding the end of the Lake Tahoe fireworks lawsuit and the continuation of the 4th of July and Labor Day fireworks shows. “I’m incredibly happy that we were able to find a solution in the community, instead of the courtroom,” said Gaines. “Holiday fireworks […]

Sen. Gaines fights to keep Tahoe fireworks alive

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) March 27 addressed a crowd of Lake Tahoe business owners, public officials and concerned citizens regarding the economic harm facing the area if the annual 4th of July and Labor Day fireworks shows are forced to shut down. “Make no mistake, countless jobs and even entire businesses are on […]

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Gaines seeks hearing on health provider list debacle

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, Feb. 27 sent a letter to the Senate Health Committee urging a hearing on the Obamacare-aggravated problem of health care providers listing inaccurate doctor information in their provider network. In addition, Gaines is exploring legislation to protect consumers from the faulty information that is making it impossible for […]

Gaines introduces insurance rate-reduction bill

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) on Feb. 20 introduced legislation that would save ratepayers money on their insurance premiums by mandating that the Department of Insurance automatically accept any rate-decrease application from an insurer. “Let’s cut the bureaucracy and get some money back into people’s pockets,” said Gaines. “If an insurer wants to lower […]

Sen. Gaines responds to State of State address

SACRAMENTO — Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today reacted to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014 State of the State address, which he delivered to a joint session of the Legislature and the people of California on Wednesday morning. He said: “Everyone is worried about the drought, but I’m more worried about the jobs drought. We’ll see rain […]

Gaines legislation aims to cancel fire tax for natural disaster victims

SACRAMENTO — In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines on Jan. 7 introduced legislation that would exempt anyone who has lost a home to a wildfire or other natural disaster from paying the tax. “I don’t want insult added to injury,” said Gaines. “The state should be helping […]

My turn: Obamacare failure

The so-called “Affordable Care Act” (ACA), better known as Obamacare, was a disaster to start with and gets worse every day. It’s such a confusing mess, with ever-changing targets, that even the Obama administration itself seems to be winging it on the biggest social policy shift since the New Deal. Recently the president committed a […]

Gaines eyes commissioner post

Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, recently announced his candidacy for California insurance commissioner. “The insurance commissioner should work to protect consumers, keep rates low, and make it easier for companies to hire and retain workers,” Gaines said. Gaines noted that under its current leadership, the California Department of Insurance has become a hostile bureaucracy that is […]

My turn: Employers catch a break, but what about the people?

After months of assuring the public that everything was right on track, the Obama administration turned 180 degrees this month and announced that it was suspending implementation of the “employer mandate” provision of the Affordable Care Act for a year. They should not stop there. The troublesome “individual mandate” should be suspended as well and […]

Legislators call on Nevada and California to adopt bi-state compromise

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin), Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) and Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) along with their counterparts in the Nevada legislature encouraged their legislative colleagues to support Gov. Jerry Brown and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s recently negotiated bi-state compromise involving Nevada Senate Bill 229/271 and California Senate Bill 630 (Pavley-D), claiming the […]

Gaines hosting Community Coffee

Sen. Ted Gaines will host an informal Community Coffee to get in touch with the public directly on Wednesday, May 8 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Zia’s Italian Caffe & Gelato Bar at 312 Main Street, Suite 101 in Downtown Placerville. This informal event is an opportunity for Sen. Gaines to meet with residents […]

License plate funds abused

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, vice chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issued the following statement regarding State Auditor Elaine Howle’s report on California’s specialty license plate program. “I am extremely disappointed in the results of the audit report released today on California’s specialized license plate program. Last year, Sen. DeSaulnier, D-Concord, […]

Bill to repeal fire tax fails in committee

SACRAMENTO – Although it received bi-partisan support, Senator Ted Gaines’ (R–Rocklin) bill to repeal the illegal fire tax (Senate Bill 17), failed recently in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on a four-to-three vote (with two members abstaining). “I am extremely disappointed that the Committee failed to pass this bill. It was an […]

Sen. Gaines highlights Cal Fire’s tax billing delay

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) recently highlighted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (Cal Fire) decision to temporarily hold off on sending out additional $150 fire “fee” bills while the agency sorts through the mounting complaints they’ve received challenging the billing data. “While I am pleased Cal Fire has decided to apply […]

Sen. Gaines hosts open house in EDH

Sen. Ted Gaines is inviting the public to an open house event at his new El Dorado Hills constituent service center. Open from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 12, visitors can: • Tour the new office • Discuss goals and priorities for 2013 • Share concerns about state issues • Meet District and Capitol staff • […]

Sen. Gaines fights fire tax

SACRAMENTO – In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) has introduced three pieces of legislation this session that will provide relief for rural Californians forced to pay the fee. ‘This $150 fire tax is illegal and unfair — plain and simple,” said Gaines. “My goal with these […]

Hidden funds: Sen. Gaines wants AG to look at Cal Fire

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, has sent a letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris requesting an investigation into the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection following recent reports revealing the agency hid $3.6 million with the California District Attorneys Association instead of depositing it into the state’s General Fund. “This is a […]

Sen. Gaines responds to guv’s speech

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, gave the following reaction to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2013 State of the State address, which he delivered to a joint session of the Legislature and the people of California Jan. 24. “California’s future can be bright and full of promise if the government provides the foundation for its […]

Sen. Gaines announces new committee assignments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R–Rocklin) announced he has been appointed to serve as vice chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee for the 2013-14 legislative session. “I am honored to have been given these committee assignments in critical areas that affect the lives of all […]

Sen. Gaines aims to take firearms out of hands of mentally ill

SACRAMENTO – Inspired by the tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) recently announced legislative plans to introduce a bill that would make a critical change to California’s existing gun control laws, keeping dangerous firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. “It’s time […]

Senator Gaines introduces legislation to repeal illegal fire tax

SACRAMENTO – As his first order of business after being sworn into office yesterday, Senator Ted Gaines (R–Rocklin) introduced legislation that would repeal the fire tax. “This $150 fire tax is illegal and unfair – plain and simple,” said Gaines. “Many rural property owners already pay local fire agencies for protection so it is clearly […]

Gaines sworn in as senator, elected caucus chairman

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) was sworn into office today as representative for the 1st Senate District at the State Capitol. “I am honored to serve the North State and the people of the 1st Senate District and am prepared to continue fighting hard for taxpayers and ensuring job-creation is our number one priority,” […]

My turn: Illegal fire tax bills arriving now

Despite my efforts to stop it by referendum and legislation, the illegal fire tax is being assessed on more than 825,000 rural Californians starting this month, including 51,897 in El Dorado County. This so-called fee was passed in 2011 to extract up to $150 per habitable structure from property owners. The tax will not provide […]

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