California

Just Jerry Being Jerry | 11-17-2017

Anyone who has covered California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for any length of time – which I have – knows he takes a lot of pleasure at times in verbally jousting with the press...or anyone else in his path when the mood strikes him. Old timers...

Oh The Humanity | 11-17-2017

Anyone who has played the ribald question-answer card game “Cards Against Humanity” knows that pretty much nothing is out of bounds. And speaking of boundaries – see how I did that! – the game’s creators made news last week...

Business - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

MD Adopts Rule Montgomery County, MARYLAND (D) adopts rules making it the first jurisdiction in the Old Line State to adopt a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The new minimum goes into effect in 2021 for businesses with at least 51 employees, with those between...

Social Policy - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

CA Senate Hires Outside Attorneys The CALIFORNIA Senate announces it will hire outside attorneys for any sexual harassment abuse investigation involving either staff or lawmakers. The Senate has previously required complaints to be made through the...

Governors in Brief - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

RAUNER SIGNS TWO IL ANTI-HARASSMENT BILLS : ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed two measures last week aimed at curbing sexual harassment in the Prairie State statehouse. The measures require all lawmakers, lobbyists and state employees to undergo...

Politics in Brief - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

CA SENATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASES TO BE INVESTIGATED BY OUTSIDE COUNSEL: CALIFORNIA’s Senate Rules Committee issued a statement last week indicating that an outside legal team will now be handling the investigation of any sexual harassment or...

Some Wondering How CA Will Pay for Free Community College | 11-17-2017

When California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed AB 19 , the California College Promise, waiving the first year of fees for all first-time, full-time students at the state’s community colleges, into law last month supporters sang the measure’s...

Environment - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

New CA Pesticide Regulation The CALIFORNIA Dept. of Pesticide Regulation issues new rules barring the use of certain pesticides within a quarter mile of schools and day care centers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the school week. The new regulations...

Governors in Brief - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

BROWN ISSUES OR CLEAN ENERGY ORDERS : Saying “economic development and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive goals,” OREGON Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed two executive orders that collectively take steps to increase the use...

Politics in Brief - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

KY HOUSE SPEAKER RESIGNS POST: KENTUCKY Rep. Jeff Hoover, the state’s first Republican House speaker since 1921, stepped down from that post last week over allegations of sexual harassment were made against him and three other Republican lawmakers...

States Preparing for Legal Sports Betting | 11-10-2017

Thirteen states have introduced and three have passed legislation this year dealing with the legalization of sports betting, currently prohibited in all but a handful of states by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed by Congress...

Governors in Brief - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

LEPAGE SIGNS REVISED ME FOOD SOVEREIGNTY LAW : MAINE Gov. Paul LePage (R) signed legislation last week that allows anyone living in or visiting one of 22 designated Pine Tree State communities to make a face-to-face purchase at a farmer’s or...

Sexual Harassment Prevalent Problem in Statehouses | 11-03-2017

Incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault involving female state lawmakers, legislative staff or lobbyists have been reported recently in at least 16 states. The legislatures in all of those states have training programs or policies in place to...

Lawmakers Look to End Harassment Under the Dome | 11-03-2017

What started as a flood of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against powerful Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has morphed into an ever-widening outcry against such outrages regularly committed by men in all workplaces, including statehouses...

Truly Up In Smoke | 10-20-2017

The numerous fires burning in Northern California’s world famous grape growing regions justifiably have folks wondering how they will impact the state’s multi-billion dollar wine industry. That question is yet unanswered, but another big bucks...

Business - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Vetoes AB 1209 Citing its “ambiguous” details, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1209 , which would have required large companies in California to disclose data on how they’re paying men and women differently (LOS...

Education - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Vetoes AB 568 Saying such decisions were best left to the collective bargaining process, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 568 , which would have required schools to give teachers six weeks of paid time off for pregnancy, childbirth...

Environment - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Signs AB 1158 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1158 , which requires manufacturers to increase carpet recycling from 11 percent now to 24 percent by 2020 (SACRAMENTO BEE). California Vetoes SB 51 Also in CALIFORNIA , Gov. Brown...

Health & Science - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Vetoes AB 569 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 569 , which would have barred employers from taking action against an employee for that person’s reproductive health decisions (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). California...

Immigration - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Signs SB 31 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 31 , which bars state and local governments from releasing personal information to the federal government for the creation of any religious list, registry or database, or from using state...

Social Policy - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Signs SB 179 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 179 , which will require the state to offer a gender-neutral option on state documents for those who are transgender, intersex and others who do not identify as male or female (LOS ANGELES...

Potpourri - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

California Vetoes SB 649 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes SB 649 , which would have limited the fees local governments could charge telecommunications companies and the discretion those municipalities have in rejecting plans for the placement...

Brown Vetoes Trump-Inspired CA Election Bill | 10-20-2017

Bucking his own party’s fervent anti-Trump sentiment, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a measure ( SB 149 ) that would have required presidential candidates to release five years-worth of their personal income tax returns. The bill came...

Budgets In Brief - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FREES UP CHIP MONEY FOR FIVE STATES Since Congress failed to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), providing health care for children from low-income families that don’t qualify for Medicaid, the Trump...

Higher Cost Of Disasters Could Portend Cost Shift To States | 10-20-2017

This past week, as firefighters continued to battle deadly wildfires in Northern California, officials there said this could become one of the Golden State’s worst ever fire seasons, coming on the heels of a historically wet winter and the hottest...

Root, Root, Root for... | 10-13-2017

Anyone but the Dodgers. Yep, that’s generally the feeling here in Northern California from early April to late October. And while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti deftly sidestepped a question about his gubernatorial ambitions during his luncheon...

Brown Signs CA Drug Price Transparency Bill | 10-13-2017

Resisting opposition from the pharmaceutical industry, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation last week requiring drug makers to give the state more notice and justification before raising drug price increases. “Californians...

Business - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

California Signs SB 20 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 20 , which requires passengers on commercial busses equipped with seat belts to use those safety devices. The law further requires drivers of those busses to inform riders of the law ...

Education - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

California Vetoes AB 1399 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1399 , which would have required the state Department on Teacher Credentialing to develop program standards on teaching the subject of genocide and human rights. Brown said such programs...

Environment - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

Jerry Brown Signs A Dozen Bills In an effort to bolster the state’s market for zero- and near-zero emissions vehicles, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs a dozen bills aimed at broadening their use in the Golden State. A sampling of the bills...

Health & Science - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

California Vetoes AB 715 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 715 , which would have created a new state working group tasked with determining best practices in prescribing opioid medications. Brown said such state-level work groups already exist...

Social Policy - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

Social Policy In Oklahoma An OKLAHOMA court strikes down a Sooner State law that required doctors prescribing abortion-inducing medications to follow a protocol established in 2000 rather than updated protocols offered by drug makers. District Judge...

And We Thought It Was Jerry | 10-06-2017

Every fall California Gov. Jerry Brown has to hunker down and sift through hundreds of bills that arrive on his desk at the end of the legislative session. Most are of great gravity to a nation state that likes to tell anyone who will listen it is the...

Business - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

Business In California The CALIFORNIA Public Utilities Commission opts to not require ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft to submit to the state fingerprints of their drivers. The agency did codify the need for the companies to submit proof annually...

Education - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

California Signs AB 1178 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1178 , which will require colleges to send students personalized reports detailing their cumulative loan amounts and the percentage of federal borrowing limits they have reached (LOS...

Environment - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

Environment In California And New Mexico A federal judge orders the Trump administration to immediately enforce restrictions on the release of potent methane emissions at oil and gas drilling operations on public land. The rules, which went into effect...

Health & Science - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

California Vetoes AB 1279 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1279 , which would have required the state Department of Health to develop an outreach program to increase awareness of the disease Valley Fever. Brown said the agency already has...

Immigration - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

Supreme Court Declines Case The Supreme Court of the United States declines to take on a case seeking to challenge the University of CALIFORNIA system’s decision to allow unauthorized immigrants to pay in-state tuition and receive financial aid...

Social Policy - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

Social Policy In Iowa A county judge in IOWA upholds the Hawkeye State’s new law imposing a 72-hour waiting period on women seeking an abortion. The plaintiffs in the case, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, filed an intention...

Potpourri - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

California Signs AB 562 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 562 , which makes it a misdemeanor crime for anyone to interfere with, obstruct or impede a State Auditor’s investigation, with violators facing a fine of up to $5,000 (LEXISNEXIS...

Brown Signs Bill Making CA ‘Sanctuary State’ | 10-06-2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed almost a dozen immigration-related bills last week, including a so-called “sanctuary state” measure ( SB 54 ) that will make the Golden State the only one to significantly limit how much local law enforcement...

Governors In Brief - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

SANDOVAL DECLARES NV HEALTH EMERGENCY AFTER MASS SHOOTING In the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that saw 59 people killed and more than 500 injured, NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) issued an executive order temporarily suspending...

Congressional Republicans Reconsidering Scrapping State And Local Tax Deduction | 10-06-2017

The tax overhaul outlined by President Trump and GOP congressional leaders last month proposed doing away with the federal tax deduction for state and local tax payments to help offset the business and individual tax cuts included in the plan. But congressional...

Business - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

Business In Wisconsin A WISCONSIN Appeals Court upholds the Badger State’s right-to-work law, which bars unions and employers from requiring that all employees pay fees to join a union, either in membership dues or “fair share” payments...

Education - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

California Signs SB 557 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 557 , which allows Golden State schools to donate their cafeteria food leftovers to local food banks and charities (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

Health & Science - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

Health In Massachusetts The MASSACHUSETTS Supreme Judicial Court rules that because the effects of marijuana vary so greatly between individuals, police officers cannot offer an opinion on whether an individual was “high” in court cases...

Brown Signs CA Housing Package, More Bills Pending | 09-29-2017

With the October 15 signing deadline fast approaching, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is slowly working his way through the annual slew of bills that end up on his desk after the frantic final days of the legislative session come to an end. But while...

CA Moves Up Primary Election Date | 09-29-2017

For the last few years, California has held its primary elections in June, which, in 2016, was after Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had already become their respective parties’ presumptive nominees. Under a bill ( SB 568 ) signed by Gov. Jerry...

Politics In Brief - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

DHS CONTACTS STATES ABOUT 2016 ELECTION HACKING The Department of Homeland Security directly notified election officials in 21 states last month that they had been targeted by hackers connected to the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign...

Seven States Have Minimum Staffing Requirements For Dialysis Centers | 09-29-2017

Seven states have set minimum staffing levels for dialysis clinics through administrative regulations, according to analysis by the Service Employees International Union. California also considered an SEIU-backed bill ( SB 349 ) this year that, if passed...