Press Releases

June 15, 2020 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County) was strongly critical of the 2020-21 State Budget, which passed out of the State Legislature today for the Governor’s signature: “Passing a budget that includes a $9 billion tax increase on struggling businesses and medical research for COVID-19 is simply tone-deaf,” Fong said. “This is the worst possible time to burden businesses that are struggling to reopen and hire new workers. Fong has already called for a halt to spending on the controversial high speed rail project and took exception to more HSR funding in the…
May 28, 2020 SACRAMENTO – Assembly Transportation Committee Vice Chair Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield) and Assembly Education Committee Vice Chair Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) have announced legislation to put the brakes on High-Speed Rail funding for two years. This will serve the dual purpose of freeing up over $3 billion to stave off cuts to education, while allowing the High-Speed Rail project to be reassessed in light of alternative emerging transportation technologies. “This bill will spare our schools considerable pain,” Assemblyman Kiley said. “It also gives us an opportunity to reevaluate a…
March 9, 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Assemblyman Vince Fong has introduced a new bill aimed at cracking down on illegal street-racing activity. Assembly Bill 2565 would implement penalties such as a driver’s license suspension for just the exhibition of speed racing, such as revving an engine and burning out vehicle tires in front of an audience in order to show off.  Under current law, street racing is illegal and includes several penalties. AB 2565 would implement the same penalties on people who exhibit other activities of street racing besides the actual racing. “I authored this bill…
March 04, 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Assemblyman Vince Fong introduced a new bill focused on helping vulnerable populations during natural disasters and improving local emergency preparedness plans. Assembly Bill 2428 would require that the state Office of Emergency Services to work with representatives from access and functional needs populations when updating the State Emergency Plan. Additionally, it requires that CalOES annually develop and disseminate lessons learned from past natural disasters to cities and counties. “California must always seek to improve and innovate its…
February 25, 2020 SACREMENTO, Calif. — Assemblyman Vince Fong has introduced three new bills as part of a legislative package to help address the homelessness crisis in California. “These bills address the fundamental and root factors of our homelessness crisis, which include supportive housing, mental health, and substance abuse. We also need to establish accountability measures based on accurate data,” said Fong. The three bills include: AB 2870: Provides $750 million dollars for supportive housing to cities and counties that will create the infrastructure needed to get homeless…
February 20, 2020 SACRAMENTO—Today, Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County), introduced Assembly Bill 2715 to immediately provide tax relief for middle class families and individuals. This measure will double the homeowners tax exemption, provide comparable relief for renters, eliminate the minimum franchise tax for small businesses, and lower the state personal income tax rate for the middle class. “The middle class in California is getting crushed by the burden of taxes and costs of Sacramento policies,” said Assemblyman Vince Fong. “The cost of living in California is driving out so many…
Assemblyman Vince Fong is holding a sock and shoe drive to benefit local students. Socks and shoes, for both boys and girls, are being collected in sizes one through seven. Items will be distributed to students at Beardsley Elementary School. To drop off items, visit Vince Fong’s office located at 4550 California Ave., Suite 740. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (661) 395-2995 or email Assemblymember.Fong@assembly.gov.