California

States Push Hard on New Data Privacy Regulations | 09-14-2018

Taking a cue from the European Union’s expansive new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California lawmakers this June adopted the toughest and most complex data privacy regulations in the United States. Given the state’s history of...

Data Privacy Popular Issue in States | 09-14-2018

At least 33 states have considered legislation this session dealing specifically with the privacy of personal data. Nineteen of those states have enacted data privacy measures. They include California, which enacted AB 375 , modeled after the European...

Many States Ready to Weather Next ‘Rainy Day’ | 09-14-2018

A slight majority of states are better prepared for a recession than they were when the last one hit. Over the past seven years, the median state rainy day fund balance has risen from 1.9 percent of fund expenditures to 5.8 percent, topping the pre-recession...

Brown Signs CA 100 Percent Renewable Energy Bill | 09-14-2018

Days before hosting a global summit on climate change in San Francisco, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed SB 100, a measure that requires the Golden State to obtain 100 percent of its retail electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045. Brown...

Business - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

U.s food and drug administration and e-cigarette The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives e-cigarette makers 60 days to devise a detailed plan for reducing use of their product by minors, threatening to ban a number of their products if the companies...

Education - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

U.S department of education implements regulation to protect students A federal court rules that the U.S. Department of Education wrongly delayed implementation of regulations meant to protect students who take out loans to attend college from predatory...

Energy - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

CA Governor signs SB 100 Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 100 , which requires that all retail electricity sold in the state be carbon-free by 2045. The Golden State joins HAWAII as the only states with a 100 percent carbon-free mandate (SACRAMENTO BEE...

Environment - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

CA governor signs AB 1775 and SB 874 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1775 and SB 874 , which together bar the State Lands Commission from granting leases for new pipelines and infrastructure to companies looking to drill for oil off the state’s...

Health & Science - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

TN no longer covers OxyContin In an effort to combat the ongoing opioid abuse epidemic, health insurer BlueCross BlueShield announces it will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions in TENNESSEE . BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee reps say the company...

The Local front - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

New Initiative pledging to incorporate electric vehicles Led by LOS ANGELES Mayor Eric Garcetti, Representatives from 19 cities and counties sign a new initiative pledging to incorporate electric vehicles into their municipal fleets. Under the new...

Other Options for States on SALT Cap | 09-07-2018

After the state and local tax (SALT) deduction was capped at $10,000 as part of the federal tax overhaul last December, high-tax states immediately began looking for ways for their residents to avoid a big bump in their federal tax burdens. Connecticut...

‘Lockbox’ Measures Little Help With Long-Term Transportation Funding | 09-07-2018

In November Connecticut voters will consider the Connecticut Transportation Revenue Lockbox Amendment, which would bar lawmakers from using the state’s transportation fund for non-transportation-related purposes. If the ballot measure is approved...

Brown Facing Decisions on Hundreds of Bills | 09-07-2018

The frenzied last days of the legislative session are over, and now California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) must act on nearly 1,000 bills by the end of September. While some of the more controversial measures died before getting to Brown, he still faces a number...

Business - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

CA Governor Signs AB 2343 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 2343 , a bill that gives tenants facing eviction three court days to pay rent after receiving notice and five court days to respond to an eviction lawsuit. The measure further stipulates...

Ins and Outs of a Boycott | 09-07-2018

Boycotts are all the rage these days. Undies in a knot over Nike featuring former football player Colin Kaepernick in an ad campaign? Set your running shoes on fire and declare a boycott! Bent out of shape at In-and-Out Burger for sending the Cali GOP...

Social Policy - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

Going On in TX A federal court issues an injunction blocking TEXAS from telling abortion providers and medical facilities how to dispose of fetal remains from abortions and miscarriages. U.S. District Judge David Ezra said the law requiring burial...

The Local Front - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals Rules The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that cities cannot make it a crime to sleep on a public street or sidewalk when no homeless shelters are available. The court’s ruling applies to ordinances...

Stripped-Down Insurance Plans Compete with Obamacare | 08-31-2018

Bare-bones, low-cost health insurance plans pushed by the Trump administration that critics say are inadequate are set to proliferate in the states as alternatives to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These plans, formerly limited to three months and...

Some States Resist Expanding Short-Term Health Plans | 08-31-2018

A new regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services will allow insurers, starting on Oct. 1, to offer bare-bones, short-term health insurance plans as a longer-term, low-cost alternative to the coverage prescribed by the Affordable Care...

CA Failing to Spend Millionaires’ Tax Dollars on Mental Health | 08-31-2018

In 2004 California voters approved Proposition 63, imposing a tax on residents with annual earnings of $1 million or more to help counties provide services for the mentally ill. Nearly 15 years later, a huge sum of the money generated by the Mental Health...

Energy - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

CALIFORNIA passes a measure setting ambitious clean energy goals, calling for relying solely on clean sources of energy like solar, wind and geothermal by 2045, and sends it to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who is expected to sign it. The proposal...

Brown Signs Overhaul of Bail System | 08-31-2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation overhauling the Golden State’s pretrial detention system, ending cash bail and instead giving judges more control over who should be jailed ahead of trial. “Today, California reforms...

Health & Science - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

CA PASSES LAW TO BAN CERTAIN TYPES OF HEALTH INSURANCE CALIFORNIA lawmakers pass and send to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) legislation that bans certain types of health insurance policies known as “short-term” plans, or “junk insurance”...

Newsom Reiterates Support For State-Covered Health Care For Undocumented | 08-31-2018

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who is the Democratic nominee in the race to succeed California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and has campaigned in favor of having California pay for the health care of all, reiterated this past week that should include undocumented...

Social Policy - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

CALIFORNIA lawmakers send a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) that bars secret settlements and non-disclosure agreements in sexual harassment cases, one of several bills considered this year in state legislatures in response to the #MeToo movement. The California...

Now We Can All Sleep at Night | 08-31-2018

With wildfires burning the state down amidst the usual end-of-session jamming through bills that really ought to have had a lot more deliberation, California lawmakers can point to at least one epic accomplishment: surfing is now the official state sport...

Slow Progress on Public Pension Reform | 08-17-2018

The economy is on a tear, with the national growth rate high and unemployment low. Eighty percent of U.S. companies have reported earnings that exceed Wall Street forecasts. City and state revenues are surging, as the Great Recession fades in the rear...

CA Property Tax Battle Shaping Up for 2020 | 08-17-2018

In 1978 California voters approved Proposition 13, which, among other things, capped property taxes at 1 percent of market value and limited property tax increases to 2 percent per year. The changes to the state’s tax system were dramatic, and they’ve...

Local Election Officials in Tough Spot on Cybersecurity | 08-17-2018

Cybersecurity has local election officials across the country caught between a rock and a hard place, according to those gathered at the annual DEF CON hacker conference in Las Vegas this month. They said they don’t have the knowledge or the resources...

Politics in Brief - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

UNION MEASURE HELPS DRIVE HIGH VOTER TURNOUT FOR MO PRIMARY MISSOURI’s Proposition A, a referendum on a law passed last year prohibiting mandatory union fees ( SB 19 ), helped drive turnout for the state’s Aug. 7 primary election to its...

Tip Credit Latest Front in Minimum Wage Battle | 08-10-2018

In June, Washington D.C. voters strongly endorsed Initiative 77 , a ballot referendum to require District eateries to pay workers that rely on tips the same minimum wage as other employees. But amidst furious pushback from the restaurant industry, a majority...

Business - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

Going On In CA A federal appeals court upholds a CALIFORNIA law that requires new models of semi-automatic handguns to stamp identifying information on bullet casings when fired. The 9 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law was a reasonable...

Environment - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

CA Air Resources Board Unveils Pollution Proposal The CALIFORNIA Air Resources Board unveils a proposal for new rules that would force automakers to meet the Golden State’s existing standards on car and truck pollution even if weaker ones are...

Health & Science - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

CA Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals Rules The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in CALIFORNIA rules that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that...

Let There Be Soft Afternoon Light | 08-10-2018

There can be any number of reasons to object to a new high-rise apartment building going up in your community. Berkeley, California residents, for instance, are not thrilled about a developer’s proposal to build a five-story building that would...

Something Here is All Wet | 08-10-2018

California’s raging fire season is totally because we don’t have enough water out here to fight fires because we wasted it by sending it out to the Pacific Ocean. At least that’s what a certain tweet-mad president opined on the social...

California Projected to Lose $329M to Cybercrime in 2018 | 08-03-2018

California will have the highest cybercrime losses of any state this year, according to analysis of data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Insurance Information Institute by Website Builder Expert. The website development adviser estimates...

Budgets in Brief - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

ONLINE SALES TAX PLAN FAILS IN NH In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair , allowing states to collect sales taxes from online sellers located out-of-state, the NEW HAMPSHIRE Senate, meeting in special session...

Business - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

WA Federal Court Blocks a Company from Posting Online Plans A federal court in WASHINGTON blocks a company from posting online plans for 3D-printed gun blueprints that lawmakers around the country feared would lead to a wave of easily produced, untraceable...

Immigration - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

CA U.S Ninth Circuit Court Appeals The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the Trump administration overstepped its authority by threatening to withhold federal funds from CALIFORNIA “sanctuary cities,” which limit their cooperation...

The Local Scene - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

CA Votes to Ban Use of Motorized Scooters Citing a string of accidents, the BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA City Council votes to ban the use of motorized scooters in the city for six months. The Council said it plans to work with scooter companies to develop...

A Change Will Do You Good | 08-03-2018

For years Claire Conlon was one of the most affable, competent and respected Capitol staffers in Sacramento. But as anyone who works in a statehouse can tell you, the job can and often will grind you to dust. So a year ago Claire pulled up stakes and...

All or Parts of 31 States ‘Sanctuaries’ as of Early 2017 | 07-20-2018

As of February of last year, at least five states had laws limiting how much local law enforcement had to cooperate with requests from federal authorities to detain immigrants, according to analysis of data from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center by...

Standing Aside or Standing in the Way | 07-20-2018

Federal courts continue to frustrate the Trump administration’s efforts to punish cities and states that oppose its hardline immigration policies. Earlier this month Sacramento-based U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez rejected most of the...

Noodle Needle | 07-20-2018

Things have sure gone downhill for the relationship between former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Donald Trump. Once at least willing to be nice to one another in public, these days it would be better to not invite them to the...

Business - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

CA Governor Signs AB 1678 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1678 , which requires journalists, researchers and political campaigns that collect voter data to inform state officials if that data has been stolen (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE...

Environment - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

CA Governor Vetoes AB 2070 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 2070 , which would have required incoming student orientations at Golden State colleges and universities to include information on intimate partner and dating violence (LOS ANGELES...

Initiative to Split Up CA Barred from Ballot | 07-20-2018

In a unanimous ruling last week, California’s Supreme Court blocked an initiative aimed at splitting California into three separate states ( Proposition 9 ) from appearing on the state’s general election ballot this year, pending a future...

States Seek to Soften Blow of SCOTUS Union Ruling | 07-20-2018

Last month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that public workers who opt out of union membership can’t be required to pay fees supporting union collective bargaining efforts even if they benefit from them. The decision is expected...

Politics in Brief - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

CA REQUIRES REPORTING OF VOTER DATA BREACHES CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation last week requiring people and organizations that obtain voter registration data to report security breaches of that information. Assemblyman Marc Berman...