Roth introduces bill

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) measure to honor the lives and service of three local Medal of Honor recipients passed the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 38 designates the portion of State Highway Route 91 in Riverside from Madison Street to 3rd Street as the “Staff Sergeant Salvador J. Lara, Staff Sergeant Ysmael R. Villegas and Sergeant Jesus S. Duran Memorial Highway.”

Senator Roth said: “Our community has always taken immense pride in the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, and SCR 38 is only a small step in recognizing and paying tribute to the tremendous gallantry, courage and sacrifice Staff Sergeants Lara and Villegas and Sergeant Duran displayed serving our nation.  I am thankful my colleagues agree that honoring their sacrifice is a solemn responsibility and worthy of special recognition.”

The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest recognition for valor in combat.  Biographies on each of the three Medal of Honor recipients recognized by SCR 38 are available online.

Per state policy, the cost for memorial highway naming and signs must be paid for by local and/or private sources, not with taxpayer money.

SCR 38 now goes to the Senate Floor for approval.