I am proud to join with my colleagues to pass bipartisan, urgency legislation that will provide significant and immediate tax breaks for our small businesses.AB 80 will allow eligible businesses to deduct expenses that were paid for using forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds. Business owners can already deduct these loan expenses from their federal taxes, and now they will be able to deduct them from their California Read More...
The bill passed the state Assembly by a vote of 73-0 on Monday. Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, a Republican from Murrieta, said while he wanted all businesses to benefit, the bill was too important to vote against. “There’s a lot more businesses that are going to be helped by this than are going to be hurt,” he said.
Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) challenged Berman’s dismissal of concerns over voter fraud in vote-by-mail ballots. “We do want to eliminate voter suppression, but on the other side of that, there is a tremendous amount of people … that have concerns about the integrity part,” Seyarto said. “And that’s why it pains me when people just dismiss the concerns of many people who want to be sure that when they go to the polls, their vote actually does count—because Read More...
Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta), vice chair of the committee, said given the way elections have changed in California, people have more than enough time to vote, if they so choose.  “Hardcore people that want to vote in-person” can do so for four days prior to the election, which includes a weekend, he added. “So any students that want to engage in the poll working process have a Saturday and a Sunday. Those are already days off to be able to engage in that.” Read More...
This week we commemorate the 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. First established by President Reagan in 1981, this week highlights public observance and awareness of the rights of crime victims while promoting policies and programs that support these victims and help them seek peace and justice.  As a new member of the State Assembly and a sitting member of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, it is frustrating to listen to proposals that move Read More...
The coronavirus pandemic forced many employers to make rapid changes to their operations as many employees made the switch overnight from onsite to remote work. California's strict wage and hour rules for nonexempt employees caused compliance challenges and prompted proposed legislation to create more flexibility for workers who want to telecommute. Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, R-Murrieta, who co-authored AB 513 and SB 657, said the bills will make telework "more Read More...
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 28 people in the U.S. die in drunk-driving crashes every day — that is one person every 52 minutes and nearly 30% of all deaths on California roads. As you well know, our 67th district is all too familiar with having to cope with drunk and impaired driving fatalities. Though it is often an uphill battle, we have to do all we can to combat and prevent these tragedies from happening. That is why I have Read More...
Last year, the California Department of Justice published a report detailing the 13,929 untested rape kits in possession of Law Enforcement Agencies and the Crime Laboratory. The survivors of this heinous crime deserve justice, and the Assembly should be doing everything we can to put the perpetrators behind bars. For this reason, I am proud to co-author Assembly Bill 18 (Lackey) which would require law enforcement agencies to submit any rape kit received before 2016 to Read More...
SACRAMENTO: Assembly Republicans announced on Wednesday a massive effort to combat wildfires, just as the state appears to be headed into a drought.  The multi-pronged effort will include a messaging campaign designed to inform the public and Sacramento insiders as to the harmful effects of wildfires and and to propose several common-sense fixes that could greatly mitigate wildfire destruction. The information efforts will bolster a robust 16-bill legislative package Read More...
There is a new deadline for individuals to file both their federal and state income taxes.    The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS recently extended the federal income tax filing date from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. In response, California has also extended the state’s tax filing and payment deadline to May 17, 2021.    This extension will provide taxpayers with additional time to navigate a complicated tax season as we recover from the COVID-19 lockdowns.    Read More...