California

Deadly Wildfires Intensify CA Insurance Crisis | 11-16-2018

As of early last week, the numerous wildfires raging in California - including the Camp Fire, the most destructive in the state’s history - had collectively burned over 280,000 acres, destroyed almost 7,000 homes and businesses, forced the evacuation...

Election Sends Mixed Signals for Transportation Funding | 11-16-2018

There were some big wins for transportation funding in this month’s election. The biggest was California voters’ rejection of Proposition 6, a GOP-backed effort to repeal the gas tax enacted by the state’s Democrat-controlled Legislature...

Voters Rejected Most Tax Measures on Ballot: | 11-09-2018

Proposed tax increases and restrictions on future tax hikes were on the ballot in several states last week. Most of them failed. Colorado voters rejected both Amendment 73 , which would have increased corporate and personal income taxes to provide...

Mixed Results for Closely Watched Ballot Measures | 11-09-2018

Marijuana legalization was one of the most prevalent issues on state ballots on Nov. 6. And with the approval of one of those measures, Proposal 1 , on a 54-46 vote, Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to legalize marijuana for recreational...

Governors in Brief - November 12 2018 | 11-09-2018

FL GOV RACE HEADED TO RECALL As of last Thursday, Democrat Andrew Gillum had pulled to within enough votes of Republican Ron DeSantis to send the FLORIDA gubernatorial election to a mandatory recount. Gillum conceded defeat last Tuesday when it appeared...

Business - November 12 2018 | 11-09-2018

Supreme Court Declines The Supreme Court of the United States declines to hear a case challenging a lower court’s ruling that upheld the power of the Federal Communications Commission to implement net neutrality rules in 2016. A group of Internet...

A Foundational Issue | 11-09-2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown has always had his quirks, many deeply rooted in the time he spent as a youth in a Jesuit seminary. Case in point comes in the form of the space in his outer office where he often addresses reporters. More specifically, the...

More Democratic Women Candidates Than Republican Ones in Most States | 11-02-2018

Of the 3,388 women running for legislative office in 46 states this year, 70 percent are Democrats. In 19 of those states, there are about twice as many Democratic female candidates as Republican ones. In 15 states, there are three times more. In five...

Host of Closely Watched Propositions on Ballot | 11-02-2018

On November 6, voters in 37 states will consider 158 ballot measures, just one more than the 157 propositions in 2016, according to the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California. Among the issues on the ballot...

Some States Easier to Vote in Than Others | 11-02-2018

Oregon is the easiest state in which to vote, according to research by political scientists at Northern Illinois University, Jacksonville University in Florida and Wuhan University in China. Using data on 33 types of election laws, including voter-registration...

Governors in Brief - November 5 2018 | 11-02-2018

MURPHY CALLS FOR TOUGHER NJ GUN LAWS In the wake of the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (D) endorsed new restrictions on gun and ammunition sales in New Jersey. Murphy urged lawmakers to introduce new bills to fight...

Business - November 5 2018 | 11-02-2018

Business in CA: CALIFORNIA officials announce they will postpone implementing SB 822 , a bill that would impose the strictest net neutrality law in the nation . Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) opted to delay the original start date of Jan. 1 2019...

What’d They Say? | 11-02-2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Air Resources Board chief Mary Nichols held a presser in Sacramento last week to announce further legal wrangling with the Trump administration. They had plenty to say that was interesting...

Election Cybersecurity Left to States | 10-19-2018

During the last U.S. election cycle two years ago, at least 21 states were targeted by foreign hackers, according to the Department of Homeland Security. And with Congress having done little to address the issue other than authorizing $380 million to...

Budgets in Brief - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

CA RECEIVES NEARLY $1B REVENUE WINDFALL IN Q1 CALIFORNIA took in $990 million more in personal income tax revenues in the first three months of the current fiscal year (July 1 to Sept. 30) than projected in June. Sales tax revenues came in slightly...

Business - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

US Supreme Court Rejects The U.S. Supreme Court rejects a plea to hear an appeal of rulings in two CALIFORNIA cases that require former makers of lead paint to pay $400 million or more to clean up old homes (LOS ANGELES TIMES). MI Governor Signs...

Environment - October 22 2018 | 10-19-2018

CO River Water Agreement Seven states that depend on the Colorado River for water reach agreement on a management plan for the waterway. The deal between COLORADO, UTAH, ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, CALIFORNIA, NEVADA and WYOMING creates a collection of drought...

CA Pushes Net Neutrality, Feds & Telecoms Push Back | 10-12-2018

In the last bill signing session of his long and historic career, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) endorsed a measure last month that overrides federal rules and gives the Golden State the toughest net neutrality statute in the nation. But with multiple...

States Seek to Maintain Net Neutrality | 10-12-2018

At least 32 states have introduced legislation this year that would require internet service providers to uphold net neutrality principles, according to analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures and LexisNexis State Net . Many of those...

Opioid Taxes Not Faring Well This Session | 10-12-2018

Minnesota state Rep. Dave Baker (R) sponsored a bill ( HB 1440 ) this session that would have imposed a “penny a pill” fee on every opioid painkiller pharmaceutical companies sold in the state to provide funding for opioid abuse prevention...

Politics in Brief - October 15 2018 | 10-12-2018

ND VOTER ID LAW ALLOWED TO STAND The U.S. Supreme Court declined to vacate a ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowing NORTH DAKOTA to enforce a requirement that voters provide a street address before casting a ballot on Election Day...

Kinda Situation Normal | 10-12-2018

If you’re looking at the California voter guide for this November’s election, you might notice a glaring omission. Yes, as the Los Angeles Times reports , while the guide contains the usual candidate statement from GOP gubernatorial candidate...

Snap What? | 10-12-2018

Anyone who has spent any time walking in San Francisco can tell you the City by the Bay has a lot of homeless people living on the streets. A lot . And one of the myriad problems with that is that folks inevitably end up relieving themselves on those...

State Lawmakers Taking More Interest in Cryptocurrencies | 10-05-2018

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to buy goods and services, pay bills, gamble online, transfer money internationally and as an investment vehicle, among other things. And that activity is drawing more attention...

War With Trump Administration Costing CA Millions | 10-05-2018

The legal war California has been waging with the federal government since President Trump took office is costing the state’s taxpayers millions of dollars. The Golden State has filed more than 40 lawsuits against the Trump administration...

Business - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

NJ Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Suspends Enforcement The NEW JERSEY Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control says it will suspend enforcement of new rules imposed in September on craft breweries while it consults with brewers, bars and restaurants...

Education - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Vetoes SB 320 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes SB 320 , a bill that would have required public university student health centers to provide abortion medication by no later than Jan. 1, 2022 (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). ...

Environment - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Vetoes AB 1097 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1097 , which would have barred smoking on Golden State beaches. It is the third straight year Brown has vetoed such a measure (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).

Brown Signs CA #MeToo, Net Neutrality Bills | 10-05-2018

In the last bill signing session of his long political career, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a number of so-called #MeToo bills aimed at stopping pervasive sexual harassment in the work world. But to the consternation of many victims’ advocates...

Health & Science - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Signs AB 3032 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 3032 , which requires hospitals to provide maternal mental health training to clinical staff who work with pregnant and postpartum women and to educate women and families about the...

Social Policy - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

KY Federal Court Rules A federal court rules that a KENTUCKY law requiring clinics where abortions are performed to have written agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in case of medical emergencies. U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers said...

Potpourri - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

CA Governor Signs AB 2055 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 2055 , which mandates that all ethics courses for lobbyists include information on State Assembly and Senate policies against harassment, including sexual harassment, in connection...

The Local Front - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

DC City Council Approves Initiative The WASHINGTON D.C . City Council approves legislation to overturn Initiative 77, a voter-approved ballot measure that would end a two-tier minimum-wage system that allows restaurants and others to pay tipped workers...

States Gearing Up to Bet Big on Sports Wagering | 09-28-2018

Rhode Island has placed a $23.5 million sports bet. The Ocean State isn’t betting on New England’s beloved Red Sox or Patriots but on the prospect that other bettors will. If enough gamblers play, the state wins and will collect $23...

Tax Limits on November Ballot in Several States | 09-28-2018

On Nov. 6 voters in states from coast to coast will have an opportunity to restrict future efforts by their lawmakers to raise taxes. Measures on the ballot in Washington ( Initiative 1634 ) and Oregon ( Measure 37 ) would prohibit local governments...

Brown Signs Suite of CA Wildfire Bills: | 09-28-2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed dozens of bills that collectively expand fire prevention efforts while also allowing public utilities to offload some of the financial liability for their role in starting those fires onto their customers. ...

Business - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

CA Federal Appeals Court Ruled A federal appeals court in CALIFORNIA rules that the ridesharing company Uber can force its drivers into individual arbitration over pay and benefit disputes, voiding an effort by thousands of drivers to join in a class...

Education - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

CA Governor Signs SB 1406 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 1406 , which extends for three years a pilot program that allows some community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in a handful of technical fields (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S...

Environment - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

Federal Judge Blocks Grizzly Bear Plans A federal judge blocks plans by WYOMING and IDAHO to hold the first grizzly bear hunt in the lower 48 states in almost three decades. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled grizzlies weren’t sufficiently...

Health & Science - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

CA Governor Signs SB 375 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 910 and SB 375 , which together ban short-term and association health plans, so-called “junk insurance” coverage that is exempt from Affordable Care Act rules, such as accepting...

Immigration - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

CA Governor Vetoes SB 174 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes SB 174 , which would have allowed unauthorized immigrants to serve on public boards and commissions (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). CA Governor Vetoes SB 349 CALIFORNIA Gov...

Social Policy - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

Going On In LA The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a LOUISIANA law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital (REUTERS). CA Governor Signs AB 2989 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D)...

The Local Front - October 12018 | 09-28-2018

CA Governor Signs SB 946 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 946 , which allows cities to establish a permit process that allows food vendors to sell their wares on the street. Under the law, cities and municipalities without an existing licensing...

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...