California

Party's Gonna Party | 01-29-2016

Quick question: when is a sex party not a sex party? Answer: when it’s the Australian Sex Party, a legitimate Aussie political party kinda sorta like when we used to call libertarians in America pre-Tea Party. As the Sacramento Bee reports , Party...

Health & Science - February 1 2016 | 01-29-2016

Health & Science in CA The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 21, a bill that would remove a March 1 deadline for cities and counties to adopt regulations under the state’s new medical marijuana regulatory framework. Under the law, the state could...

Business - January 18 2016 | 01-15-2016

Business in CA The CALIFORNIA Air Resources Board rejects a proposal from Volkswagen AG for how it plans to fix over 480,000 diesel-engine cars the company is accused of engineering to skirt U.S. air pollution control laws. Regulators deemed the proposed...

CA Gov Proposes $122.6B Budget | 01-15-2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) proposed a $122.6 billion General Fund budget for 2016-17 that balances fiscal restraint with increased investment in government services cut during the recession. Among other things, the plan includes a new $1.1 billion...

New State Laws Diverge on Guns and Voting Rights | 01-08-2016

Among the state laws taking effect this year are new gun restrictions in California tightening that state’s existing ban on firearms on school grounds and allowing individuals to request the temporary seizure of weapons from relatives who may pose...

Politics In Brief - January 11 2016 | 01-08-2016

Expensive Ballot Battle Coming to CA The California secretary of state’s office announced last month that a measure imposing price controls on state drug purchases has qualified for the state’s November 2016 ballot. The California Drug...

Business - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

A federal judge greatly increases the number of drivers who may join a class action lawsuit against the CALIFORNIA -based ridesharing company Uber. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen’s ruling allows drivers who previously agreed to use arbitration...

Environment - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. House of Representatives approves HR 1321, a bill that would ban the use of microbeads, small bits of plastic found in a variety of personal products like soap and toothpaste. At least eight states, including ILLINOIS, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT,...

Potpourri - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a challenge to an ILLINOIS city’s ban on semiautomatic, high-capacity assault weapons. The city, Highland Park, is a suburb of Chicago. Seven states — MARYLAND, CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, HAWAII, MASSACHUSETTS...

Suicides Up Significantly In Many States | 12-04-2015

Between 2007 and 2012, the number of annual suicide deaths rose by more than 30 percent in eight states, according to analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Governing . The largest increase, 69.3 percent, was in Wyoming...

CA’s Improved Fiscal Condition Spurring Budget Tension | 12-04-2015

A few years ago, California was facing a $26 billion budget deficit. But a report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office last month said the state would end next fiscal year with an $11.5 billion surplus. And the report also projected surpluses for...

Governors In Brief - December 7 2015 | 12-04-2015

LGBT Protection in LA LOUISIANA Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards (D) said he will issue an executive order to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender state employees and government contractors from discrimination. His planned directive would protect...

Airbnb Sends Mixed Political Signals | 11-20-2015

This month Airbnb defeated a ballot measure in its hometown of San Francisco (Proposition F) that would have limited its operations there and possibly encouraged similar efforts in other cities. The company spent more than $6 million on a sophisticated...

Governors In Brief - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Brown in Paris CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said he is still planning to attend a United Nations climate change summit in Paris next month. The summit is scheduled to go on in spite of the wave of terrorist attacks carried out in the City of Light...

Have Blunt, Will Travel | 11-13-2015

It took 20 years, but California is finally implementing a regulatory framework for its billion dollar medical marijuana industry. Now all it needs is someone to run herd on the new agency being created to devise and implement those regulations. As the...

Flurry of Statehouse Action On Daily Fantasy Sports | 11-13-2015

Legislation related to daily fantasy sports (DFS) has been drafted or introduced this year in 16 states, according to LegalSportsReport.com, which covers the legal online sports wagering industry. The bills generally seek to legalize DFS in states that...

Crime - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

Crime In CA Prison officials in CALIFORNIA unveil a new lethal injection method that for the first time in state history calls for the use of only one drug to execute condemned inmates. The new method must still undergo a public comment period and...

And Now It’s Magically All Fixed | 11-13-2015

In 2013 California endorsed legislation allowing unauthorized immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Since the law went into effect last January hundreds of thousands of newly-eligible folks have applied. And at least one California lawmaker believes...

Governors In Brief - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

Bentley Weighing Medicaid Expansion ALABAMA Gov. Robert Bentley (R) said his administration is pondering expanding Medicaid eligibility. Bentley, who is a doctor, said he was concerned about the health care access for the state’s working poor...

Bummer by the Bay | 11-06-2015

People often bemoan that politicos orate in homilies, bromides and other gibberish meant to obfuscate more than illuminate. (See how I did that?) But fans of straight talk might just have found their hero in Mikelis Beitiks, who is seeking to fill the...

Airbnb Pays Hotel Taxes in Several U.S. Cities and Three States | 11-06-2015

Airbnb collects and remits transient occupancy taxes, also known as hotel taxes, on behalf of its hosts in a dozen U.S. cities and the District of Columbia, according to the company’s website. Occupancy and sales taxes are also collected and remitted...

Sharing Economy Prevails in First Public Referendum | 11-06-2015

The home-sharing website Airbnb has faced its share of resistance from regulators in recent years as its explosive growth has propelled it past even major hotel chains (see “Bicoastal battle over short-term rentals ” in the May 11 issue of...

Governors In Brief - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

Dayton bashes poachers In the wake of the arrest of three men found to illegally have more than 3,000 pounds of snapping turtle meat, hundreds of turtle shells and 23 live turtles, MINNESOTA Gov. Mark Dayton (D) said he is considering renewing his...

All Cash All the Time | 10-30-2015

California Assemblymember Ian Calderon got married last month, which is a great thing. And like many young couples – Calderon is the second youngest member of the California Legislature – they want to start their lives by buying a home together...

Corgi Safe Zone | 10-30-2015

It’s been almost 50 years since a California governor has lived in the Golden State Governor’s Mansion, but that is about to change. As the Sacramento Bee reports, Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife Anne Gust Brown are planning to move into the...

Business - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

MI Approves SB 240 The MICHIGAN House approves SB 240, legislation that would bar the sale and distribution of powdered alcohol in the Wolverine State. The bill returns to the Senate (MLIVE.COM). Business In CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown...

Try Bottled Water Instead | 10-16-2015

Speaking of California, you might have heard the Golden State is darned near out of water. Now desperate, officials are pondering a plan that would normally make them roll their eyes – shipping water in from Alaska, a state with no such shortages...

Browns signs CA Medical Pot Reform Package | 10-16-2015

It took almost 20 years, but California finally has a regulatory framework for its multi-billion dollar medical marijuana industry. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a trio of bills earlier this month that collectively govern virtually all aspects of the legal...

Crime & Punishment - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

MA Approves HB 3806 The MASSACHUSETTS House approves HB 3806, a bill that creates a local registration process for scrap metal dealers and requires those dealers to tag and hold purchased items for at least 48 hours. If contacted by law enforcement...

Education - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

Education in CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 967, a bill that would have required public and private colleges and universities to adopt uniform processes for handling sexual assault cases, to report how many cases are received and subsequently...

Environment - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

Environment In CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs a plethora of environmental bills, including: SB 185, which requires the state’s two massive public employee pension funds – the California Public Employee Retirement System and the...

Health & Science - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

Health In CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 159, so-called “right-to-try” legislation that would have allowed drug companies to make available to terminally ill patients drugs that have not yet been approved by the U.S. Food...

Social Policy - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

Social CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 775, which requires Golden State crisis pregnancy centers to provide patients with information about affordable contraception, abortion and prenatal care (KCRA.COM [SACRAMENTO]).

Potpourri - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes SB 539, which would have barred public buildings and other infrastructure from being named after anyone associated with the Confederacy. Brown said local communities are capable of deciding for themselves who they...

Business - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

MI Senate Approves SB 340 The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 340, which would double the fines imposed on retailers for selling tobacco products to minors. Under the proposal, which now moves to the House, violators could face fines of $100 for a first...

Crime & Punishment - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

MI Approves Confiscated Property Bill Package The MICHIGAN Senate approves a seven-bill package (HBs 4500, 4503, 4504, 4506, 4507, 4499 and 4505) that collectively increase civil asset forfeiture reporting requirements for law enforcement agencies...

Bikes and Brews | 10-09-2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown is known to be a bit grumpy this time of year, predominantly over the avalanche of bills lawmakers send his way for consideration. Even so the gov wasted little time this year signing some measures, including a bill last week...

Education - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 329, which would require that high school students take sex education classes unless their parents specifically request for them to be exempted. Also in CALIFORNIA , Gov. Brown signs SB 695, which requires school...

Environment - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

Environment In CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs a suite of bills that collectively “strengthen penalties for repeat violations of hazardous waste laws and assist the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) with the recovery...

Health & Science - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1060, which would have required the state Health and Human Services Agency to create a non-profit foundation to solicit donations to fund participation in clinical drug trials. Brown said there are already numerous...

Social Policy - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs ABx2-15, which makes the Golden State the fifth to allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill patients drugs to help them end their own life. For more on this see SNCJ Spotlight in this issue (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET...

Potpourri - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 96, a bill that removes an exemption in a state law barring the sale of elephant ivory or rhinoceros horn. The sale and possession of these products have been banned for years but those imported prior to Jan. 1...

Ferreting Out the Issue | 10-02-2015

For years, a small but vocal – very vocal – group of Californians has been pushing hard for the Golden State to legalize ferrets, a small member of the weasel family they contend make great pets. Alas, lawmakers in Sacramento rarely agree...

Business - October 5 2015 | 10-02-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1222, which among several things codifies regulations that currently apply to individual tow truck drivers to also apply to towing companies and requires a towing company or the owner or operator of a tow truck...

Crime & Punishment - October 5 2015 | 10-02-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 902, which allows a person of any age who commits a traffic infraction not involving a motor vehicle to participate in a diversion program that is sanctioned by local law enforcement and eliminates the requirement...

School Bond Measure Bound for CA Ballot | 10-02-2015

A $9-billion school-construction bond proposal has qualified for California’s November 2016 ballot, according to Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “This bond will go a long way to ensure school districts have the necessary resources to...

Education - October 5 2015 | 10-02-2015

LA Signs Common Core Bills LOUISIANA Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signs a trio of bills related to common Core: HB 373, which requires public hearings to discuss Common Core standards in the state’s six congressional districts; SB 43, which adds legislative...

Health & Science - October 5 2015 | 10-02-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 407, which authorizes a health care provider to employ or contract licensed midwives for the purpose of providing comprehensive perinatal services (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). Also in CALIFORNIA, Gov. Brown (D) signs...

Potpourri - October 5 2015 | 10-02-2015

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 53, which requires a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child under a specified age in an appropriate rear-facing child passenger restraint system, unless the child is...

Pre-election voting restricted in many states | 09-18-2015

In most states eligible voters can cast their votes before Election Day, either by going to the polls during designated early voting periods or by voting via absentee ballot. But 30 states have no early voting period, although 13 of those states allow...