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“We can fund this program as much as we want. If this is that important, then let’s do it. But trying to tax at a 10% and 11% rate a certain group is going those people out,” said Kelly Seyarto, R-Murrieta The bill required a two-thirds majority vote in the 80-member Assembly because it would establish new excise taxes — 10% on handguns and 11% tax on long guns, rifles, precursor parts and ammunition.
Combating the Wildfire Issue in California needs to be more than just rhetoric. Californians need these efforts to be effective. Our lives and our future depend on it. As a retired Fire Battalion Chief and firefighter serving in the State of California for 35 years, I have experienced firsthand the dangerous, devastating and life-altering effects a fire can have on families and businesses in our communities.
Republicans questioned why other lawmakers are proposing to raise taxes for gun-violence programs when the governor says the state has a $75-billion budget surplus. “If this is important, for Pete’s sake, fund it,” said Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta). The bill by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) fell eight votes short of the 54 needed for approval. It would have created a 10% excise tax on retailers for the sale of new handguns and an 11% tax for long guns and ammunition. 
A large crowd attended the event, which included Mayor Bill Zimmerman, Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt, City Council members Dean Deines and Robert Karwin, and other dignitaries. Veterans in attendance wore caps and shirts in recognition of their service and stood when their military branch’s service anthem was played.
“Unfortunately, we’re way behind on prevention mitigation and we have to continue to catch up,” GOP Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, a veteran firefighter from Murrieta, said during an online discussion hosted Wednesday, May 19, by the Public Policy Institute of California. “We have to do the work before (fires erupt) so we aren’t in the situation we’re in now.”
AB 291, introduced by Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto (R – Murrieta), will provide tax relief to military survivors taking advantage of Survivor Benefit Plans (SBPs), a benefit that many military members choose to opt into. California has 29,000 survivors receiving SBP payments, and most are over 65. Today only six states fully tax SBPs. AB 291 will eliminate this unnecessary, costly burden on military families.
The bill also faced criticism from Republican Assemblymen Devon Mathis of Visalia and Kelly Seyarto of Murrieta. Seyarto said that “we all want clean air” but that the bill would have an impact on the livelihoods of many people who depend on that equipment.
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 if they lose that confidence in the voting system, that’s also voter suppression.”
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.” If public employees want a paid holiday, they should go through the collective bargaining process, he said. “This is no…