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Ted Gaines backs more drone safety legislation

Senator says drones continue to menace firefighting efforts around the state  SACRAMENTO — Responding to continued drone interference in fighting wildfires, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) recently announced plans to introduce legislation to help protect emergency responders engaged in their life-saving work. Senate Bill 168, co-authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), grants immunity to any emergency […]

Support Ted Gaines’ legislation

EDITOR: I was talking to my middle child recently (has been with the Secret Service for 15 years — suit not uniform). Our discussion was about stalking. At first it was the invasion of Google maps via satellite and privacy then it turned to the iPhone and last but not least the drone. His thought was, “Keep your eye on […]

Looks like Gaines in District 1 race

California Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, currently representing District 6 has not officially announced that she will seek the District 1 seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors; however, a marquee announcement in downtown Placerville and the fact that Gaines has changed her address strongly indicate Supervisor Ron Mikulaco will have some competition next year. Her Assembly Chief […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 talks regulatory reform: Highlights value of small businesses to chamber lunch

Touting the theme that “the private sector will lift us into prosperity,” state Sen. Ted Gaines touched on that subject and others when he spoke before the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. A small business owner himself, Gaines said he started out working in his father’s insurance agency right out of college. He still owns Gaines […]

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 […]

Ted, Beth Gaines endorse Todd White

State Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and State Senator Ted Gaines have both endorsed Todd White for re-election to the El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees. In her endorsement Assemblywoman Beth Gaines stated, “Todd has proven that is a hardworking, positive advocate for quality public education, and he has my full endorsement for re-election […]

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 […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in News | 1 Reply

Gaines sues Covered California

Blaming Obamacare for the cancellation of more than a million policies, on Wednesday state Sen. Ted Gaines announced he had filed a lawsuit against Covered California and its director, Peter Lee. Covered California is the state-run health exchange established in the wake of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Gaines, who is […]

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 […]

Wake up, Ted Gaines

EDITOR: Oh, come on now Mr. Gaines. I usually largely agree with you, but this one has me flummoxed. In the Dec. 4, Mountain Democrat you said, “When it came to healthcare reform, the Obama administration didn’t know what to do or how to do it.” He, Pelosi, Reed and Hillary know exactly what they’re […]

Gaines for Gaines

EDITOR: Our elected state senator, Ted Gaines, is co-chairman of the state senate insurance committee. As an insurance company owner, he obviously has experience and knowledge of the industry, which means he could act as a valuable public servant. Except his co-chairman, state Senator Ron Calderon, has been investigated and is now being charged by […]

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 […]

Gaines’ advisor to speak in EDH

Matt Cox, policy and communications advisor for Sen. Ted Gaines, will speak at the Holiday Inn Express in Town Center in El Dorado Hills on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Cox will be addressing the 2013 legislative session and the outlook for 2014, as well as being available for questions. There were a number of […]

Gaines sleeps through Calderon corruption

EDITOR: Our state senator, Ted Gaines, who sold insurance for a living before getting elected to the state assembly (and now the state senate), sits on the state senate insurance committee. The chairman of that committee, Ron Calderon, is apparently very corrupt, based on last week’s FBI raids. Calderon’s family of lawmaker/lawyer/lobbyists is allegedly getting […]

Assembly OKs Beth Gaines’ bill opening cap-and-trade meetings

SACRAMENTO – The California State Assembly approved legislation authored by Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, which would require the non-profit corporation handling the state contracts regarding cap-and-trade to be more transparent in its work to reduce greenhouse gases. “Regardless of how one may feel about the effectiveness of cap-and-trade programs, I believe it is essential for […]

June 01, 2013 | Posted in News | 1 Reply

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 […]

Assemblywoman Gaines hosting EDH coffee

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, will be in El Dorado Hills to host her third in a series of community coffee meetings this Friday. “These gatherings are the perfect chance for me to meet one-on-one with constituents,” Gaines said, “and listen to what they have to say about the state issues affecting them, their businesses and […]

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 • […]

Gaines duo resonates with Tea Party in EDH

Ted and Beth Gaines were in El Dorado Hills last week to update the Tea Party Patriots on what they’re doing in Sacramento to protect taxpayers.

Both were elected in 2011, Beth to the reconfigured Assembly District 6, which now contains El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park, plus portions of Placer and Sacramento Counties, Ted to California Senate District 1, which encompasses the northwest corner of the state, including all of El Dorado County.

Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, arrived fresh off two days of hearings on the California Parks Department slush fund scandal.

Gaines duo to speak at Tea Party Patriots of EDH event

The Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills will host Sen. Ted Gaines and Assemblywoman Beth Gains in a town hall meeting on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Town Center Holiday Inn Express. The two will speak on the impending California tax increases and the future of tax legislation in the state. “The […]

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 […]

Assemblywoman Gaines gets 100% from NFIB

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R- Rocklin, announced Jan. 29 that the nation’s top advocate for small businesses and job creation, the National Federation of Independent Business has recognized her, for the second consecutive year, with a 100 percent pro-business rating based on her 2012 voting record. “Receiving high marks on the NFIB scorecard, for […]

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 […]

Sen. Gaines should keep his day job

State Sen. Ted Gaines sent us an opinion column criticizing the raises the El Dorado Irrigation District board  gave its general manager and counsel. We’ll grant that the criticism is valid, but why is a state senator getting down in the weeds of local water district politics? We elected him to represent us in state […]

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,” […]

Griffith-Flatter said election against Gaines was ‘refreshing’

Julie Griffith-Flatter, a land use planner for Sierra County for 18 years and member of multiple planning boards, lost the election for California State Senate District 1 to incumbent Ted Gaines on Tuesday night. Griffith-Flatter said, “I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to run for State Senate District 1 and to the […]

Beth Gaines excited to continue representing El Dorado County

Beth Gaines is looking forward to getting back to work to help El Dorado County. Gaines, who kept her Assembly District 6 seat with more than 76 percent of the vote over opponent Andy Pugno, said she is “excited and honored to represent El Dorado County.” She noted that the district “voted overwhelmingly against taxes” […]

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