California

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...

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...