California

Potpourri - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

California Signs AB 797 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 797 , which exempts citizens from criminal or civil liability for breaking the window of a vehicle to rescue an animal left in hot or freezing conditions (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S...

Business - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

Business In Oklahoma The OKLAHOMA Supreme Court rules that a 2013 law giving Sooner State employers the power to “opt out” of the state workers’ compensation system and write their own plans is unconstitutional. The law, which supporters...

Opportunities Abound For Democrats In Legislative Races | 09-16-2016

Far below the radar of the fiercely fought presidential race, Republicans and Democrats are competing for control of legislative chambers in 13 battleground states. Democrats suffered severe losses in the statehouses during the last two midterm elections...

Crime & Punishment - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

California Signs SB 839 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 839 , a portion of which makes it a crime for an individual or corporation to breed killer whales, or orcas, in captivity, punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET...

Going Off the Grid | 09-16-2016

As a politico, California Gov. Jerry Brown has always been a bit out of the mainstream. But now Brown is going off the grid for real. As the Sacramento Bee reports , Brown has submitted plans to build a house on his family ranch property near Colusa that...

Education - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

Education in California The CALIFORNIA Board of Education officially adopts a school evaluation policy that rates schools by multiple factors, including academics, graduation rates, college preparedness and the rates at which non-native speakers are...

Environment - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

Environment In California The U.S. Department of the Interior releases a final blueprint for opening up large sections of the CALIFORNIA desert to wind and solar farms. Under the plan, 606 miles of land deemed not to be ecologically sensitive would...

Politics In Brief - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

MO Lawmakers Override Gov’s Veto of Photo ID Bill MISSOURI’s Republican-controlled General Assembly voted last week to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of HB 1631 , a bill requiring voters to show a government-issued photo...

Social Policy - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

California Signs AB 2819 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 2819 , which extends the time in which the names of people involved in eviction lawsuits must be kept private. Under current law, records in eviction lawsuits are kept sealed for only...

Potpourri - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

California Signs AB 1570 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1570 , which expands a Golden State law requiring sports memorabilia dealers to provide certificates of authenticity for any autographed collectibles they sell to include sellers of...

Calling All Votes | 09-09-2016

The last days of any legislative session can be chaotic and mind numbing. Such was the case recently when, as the California Legislature was relentlessly wading through the mountain of bills it always leaves to the final moments, Bloomberg BNA reporter...

Environment - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

Environment In California A federal judge tentatively rejects a plan by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to open more than 1,500 square miles of lands in central CALIFORNIA to oil drilling and fracking. U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald said...

Business - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Approves SB 1063 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 1063 , which bars employers from paying workers based on race or ethnicity. The bill moves to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for consideration (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Gives Endorsement...

Govs Okay With Busting Critters Out Of Hot Cars | 09-02-2016

Sometime this month California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) will weigh in on a measure ( AB 797 ) that would allow someone who encounters a dog or cat left in a hot car to bust the critter out without facing criminal or civil charges. If Brown signs it, he will...

Multi-State Climate Initiatives Cover Much Of Country | 09-02-2016

Many states have joined multi-state efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage investment in clean energy and energy efficiency, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). Nine states participate in the Regional Greenhouse...

Golden State Cap-And-Trade Program Faces Hazy Future | 09-02-2016

California lawmakers last month cemented their commitment to dramatically reducing the state’s carbon emissions, passing a pair of bills ( SB 32 and AB 197 ) that collectively extend the program by a decade and give the Legislature more oversight...

Crime & Punishment - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Approves AB 2888 The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to AB 2888 , which would mandate that anyone convicted of rape in the Golden State must receive jail time. The law removes a loophole that allowed judges the discretion to sentence...

Will Another Bizarre Week From ME Gov Spur Ranked Voting? | 09-02-2016

Another week, another massive dose of heartburn for Maine lawmakers struggling to manage a professional relationship with Gov. Paul LePage (R). In the span of just over a few week the governor known as much for his pugnacious personality and confrontations...

Funding Pressures Force Public Colleges To Go After Out-of-State Students | 09-02-2016

A recent audit of the University of California revealed that the prestigious public higher-education system has been giving preferential admissions treatment to out-of-state and foreign students, who pay higher tuition than residents of the state. But...

Education - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

Education in California The CALIFORNIA Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling ( Vergara v. California ) that rejected a challenge to the Golden State’s teacher dismissal, tenure and layoff laws (EDSOURCE).

Environment - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Signs SB 1279 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 1279 , legislation that bars future state funding for any new project that would allow coal to be shipped or exported through the Golden State (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

Health & Science - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Approves AB 1668 The CALIFORNIA Legislature approves AB 1668 , so-called “right-to-try” legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to access medications not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The...

Social Policy - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Approves SB 1234 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 1234 , which would create a state-sponsored retirement plan for workers employed by companies that don’t offer a retirement savings plan of their own. Employers would...

Potpourri - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Allows AB 2863 The CALIFORNIA Legislature opts to allow AB 2863 , a bill that would have legalized Internet poker in the Golden State, to die without a vote (LOS ANGELES TIMES). California Signs SB 1062 Also in CALIFORNIA, Gov. Jerry...

Privileged Information | 08-19-2016

If you are looking for the most unnecessary piece of legislation going, we have a nominee for you. As the Los Angeles Times reports , the California Senate last week approved AB 1687 , a bill that would bar employment sites for actors from disclosing...

Business - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

New Jersey Signs SB 1923 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 1923 , legislation that bars the state’s public worker pension fund from investing in companies that refuse to do business with Israel. The Garden State becomes the third state...

CA Gov. Brown Fighting To Keep Cap And Trade | 08-19-2016

California’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions will undoubtedly continue for the foreseeable future. But whether the Golden State’s cap-and-trade program survives past 2020 is far more in question. Last Monday, Brown quietly proposed...

Public Pension Return Rates Lagging In States | 08-19-2016

Investment returns for large public pension plans in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015 were significantly lower than the plans’ assumed rates of return, according to money management news source Pensions & Investments . The one-year return...

Warnings From The Golden State | 08-19-2016

Trend-setting California has issued national wakeup calls about the shaky state of public pensions and the soaring costs of health insurance for those covered under the Affordable Care Act. CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund for state...

Going By The Book | 08-19-2016

California state Sen. Bob Hertzberg is fond of dropping Yiddish words and phrases into his public discourse. Recent examples include referring to the “shpilkes” – or restlessness – that local officials have felt since the state...

Crime & Punishment - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

California Approves SB 443 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 443 , which would shield people arrested for but not convicted of crimes from having police seize less than $40,000 of their cash assets. The bill returns to the Senate (SACRAMENTO BEE...

Not That Bear | 08-19-2016

It sounded like a good plan at the time. California Republicans, irritated at the failure of majority Democrats to come up with a plan to address the Golden State’s perpetually clogged roadways, developed a campaign to foster public support for...

Education - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

California Approves SB 1257 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 1257 , which would require Golden State law students to perform a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono legal work before being allowed to take the bar exam. The measure moves to...

Health & Science - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

Health & Science In The US The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9 th Circuit rules that the U.S. Department of Justice cannot prosecute those who grow, supply or use marijuana for medical purposes in states that have legalized such use. The court...

Potpourri - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

California Approves SB 1062 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 1062 , which would ban the use of bull hooks, baseball bats and other instruments meant to cause pain in the training of elephants. Violators face fines up to $10,000. The...

Brown Pauses Grid Effort | 08-12-2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has put off his effort to merge the Golden State’s electric grid with those of five other Western States. Brown sent a letter last week to lawmakers and governors saying there are still too many questions about how...

CA Voters To Reconsider Bilingual Education | 08-12-2016

In 1998 California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 227, mandating that English learners in the state be taught only in English rather than in bilingual programs in which instruction is provided mainly in students’ native language until...

Most States Allow Transportation Network Companies | 08-12-2016

Thirty-seven states have passed laws regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), according to the R Street Institute and LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. The most recent addition to that group is Delaware, where Gov...

Value Of $1 Relative In States | 08-12-2016

The value of a dollar varies by 30 percent between some states, according to the Regional Price Parities (RPPs) - measures of how much the price of goods and services in states and metropolitan areas differs from the national average in a given year ...

Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Has Some Successes, Momentum | 08-05-2016

The daily fantasy sports industry had a few wins this spring in its first full year of pushing to make its games explicitly legal across the country. And while the question of whether the games are legal remains unclear in much of the nation, and their...

Crime & Punishment - August 8 2016 | 08-05-2016

The DELAWARE Supreme Court rules that the First State’s death penalty law is unconstitutional because it allows judges, and not juries, the final say on whether to impose a death sentence. Legislation to bar capital punishment passed the Senate...

GOP AGs Take Congress To Task On Unfunded Mandates | 08-05-2016

Last month Republican attorneys general of 15 states sent a letter to U.S. House and Senate majority and minority leaders Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Harry Reid (D-Nevada) expressing their concern...

Business - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

House and Senate Reach Final Agreement on MA SB 2119 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate reach final agreement on SB 2119 , gender pay equity legislation which requires men and women to be paid the same for similar work. The measure, which also bars...

Cannonball Runs | 07-29-2016

The California contingent may have been banished to the hinterlands at the recent Republican National Convention, but state Republican Party chair Jim Brulte made the best of it. As the Sacramento Bee reports , Brulte took advantage of being holed up...

Education - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

Health in California The CALIFORNIA State Board of Education approves a new history and social sciences curriculum that includes new instruction on topics like financial literacy; voter education; genocide; and the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual...

Potpourri - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

Potpourri in Massachusetts MASSACHUSETTS Attorney General Maura Healy (D) announces the Bay State will crack down on the sale of semi-automatic weapons, which have been banned there since 1998. Healey said gun sellers have been exploiting a loophole...

CA Gov Brown Looks to Extend Cap-and-Trade | 07-15-2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) launched an effort last week to extend the Golden State’s wobbly cap-and-trade emissions reductions program a decade beyond its scheduled 2020 end date. The proposal put forth by the California Air Resources...

Texas et al Win Challenge To Obama Immigration Policy | 07-15-2016

Twenty-five states joined Texas in challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy in November 2014, expanding temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. Fifteen states also filed amicus, or “friend...

CA Launches Road Use Fee Pilot Program | 07-15-2016

For the next nine months, 5,000 California drivers will be voluntarily reporting their mileage to the state and getting “charged” for every mile they drive. The state’s gas tax, which hasn’t been increased since 1994, hasn’t...

Politics In Brief - July 18 2016 | 07-15-2016

Medical Pot Initiative Qualifies for AR Ballot An initiative to legalize medical marijuana has received enough valid signatures to qualify for ARKANSAS’ Nov. 8 general election ballot. But the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act will have to overcome...