APPLE VALLEY, CA – Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith issued the following statement on the Sacramento Democrats’ failure to take up AB 1638, which would suspend California’s gas excise tax for six months and backfill the lost revenue with General Fund dollars.  

 “Once again, the out-of-touch politicians in Sacramento failed Californians today. Hardworking families are being pushed to the limit each time they go to the gas pump. Waiting four months to give drivers relief at the pump is another band-aid attempt to address fuel affordability.

 California is overtaxed and overregulated, let’s just suspend the gas tax, expand and streamline our own domestic energy supply, and let Californians live their lives.”

 If you want to learn more about AB 1638, visit

 Assemblymember Thurston “Smitty” Smith (R-Apple Valley) is a retired small business owner and a longtime advocate for California’s taxpayers. He is the former three-term mayor of Hesperia. Smitty and his wife, Margaret, have been residents of the 33rd Assembly District for over 32 years, where they raised their two children together. Learn more about Smitty at: