California

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...

Gun Rights Movement Suffers Setbacks in Courts | 07-08-2016

Last month a full panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled 7-4 in Peruta v. San Diego that “the right to keep and bear arms” granted by the Second Amendment doesn’t extend to concealed weapons. The case originated...

Little Correlation Between Gun Laws and Worst Mass Shootings | 07-08-2016

Three of the eight states where the deadliest mass shootings since 1984 have occurred - California, Connecticut and New York - are among those with the strictest gun laws, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. None of those shootings took...

High Court Rulings Thwart Abortion, Affirmative Action Opponents | 07-01-2016

In the many months since the February death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, High Court observers have pondered the potential impact of his absence and the ongoing vacancy of the seat Senate Republicans refuse to fill. Now the time for pondering...

CA Voters to Weigh Death Penalty Repeal | 07-01-2016

California voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether to do away with the death penalty and replace it with the sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Secretary of State Alex Padilla(D)certified last month that enough valid signatures...

Keep Pushing On | 07-01-2016

California state Senator Steve Glazer added a sweaty punctuation to the usual daily session adjournment last week. Upon the final gavel, Glazer – joined by nine of his colleagues – dropped and did 22 push-ups. No, he wasn’t pushing a...

Budgets In Brief - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

CA Gov Signs $167B Budget CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a $167 billion budget that makes no spending cuts, deposits $3.3 billion into the state’s Rainy Day Fund and $1.75 billion into the Special Fund for Economic Uncertainties, and...

Politics In Brief - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

CA Voters to Consider Legalization of Recreational Pot California voters will have an opportunity in November to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the nation’s most populous state, with a random sample of the over 600,000 signatures...

The Naked Truth | 06-17-2016

We should be careful what we wish for. And perhaps we should also be careful what we’re willing to risk to make a good soundbite. As the Sacramento Bee reports , California political consultant Paul Mitchell was so sure that the Golden State’s...

Gov. Brown Just Says No to CA Homeless Emergency | 06-17-2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) wasted no time last week rejecting a plea from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to declare a state of emergency over the Golden State’s rapidly growing homelessness problem. The Board voted unanimously...

It Wasn’t Me | 06-17-2016

It was just another committee meeting at the California Capitol. Or was it? As the Sacramento Bee reports , a recent joint hearing before a combination of three legislative hearings was supposed to be broadcast live on the California Channel, the same...

Immigration - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

CO Gov Signs HB 1391 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1391 , a bill that makes it a deceptive trade practice for a person to provide or offer to provide legal services in an immigration matter if he or she is not a licensed attorney or...

An Endorsement About Nothing | 06-10-2016

California Senate candidate Henry Stern is no stranger to celebrity – his dad is Hollywood actor Daniel Stern, who most remember as the narrator of the Wonder Years and one of the bad guys in the movie Home Alone. So it’s no shock he got a...

Business - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

CA Approves AB 1676 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1676 , which bars employers from asking job applicants for their salary histories. The measure is now in the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). PA Gov Signs HB 1690 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf...

No Respect, No Respect At All | 06-10-2016

Republicans in California are used to being disrespected. Like Dems in Utah or Texas, Reeps here are kind of an afterthought. But that doesn’t make it any less painful to also get treated like refugees at your own party hoedown. As the Cleveland...

Politics In Brief - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

CA Voters Approve Lawmaker Discipline Proposition By a margin of 75.2 percent to 24.8 percent, California voters approved the sole statewide initiative on the state’s June 7 ballot, Proposition 50, allowing the Legislature to suspend members...

Potpourri - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

Concealed In CA The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that CALIFORNIA counties may restrict permits for carrying concealed firearms in public. The ruling overturns a 2014 decision that tossed out a Golden State requiring people to show cause...

Business - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

LA Approves HB 266 The LOUISIANA Senate approves HB 266 , so-called “ban the box” legislation that would ban government agencies from asking job applicants about their criminal history until they have been granted an interview for an open...

CA Bound for Ballot Measure Stampede | 06-03-2016

California looks to be headed for another busy and expensive campaign season. More initiatives have already qualified for the state’s November ballot than in the last two decades. “We’re expecting at least 15, maybe as high as...

Senator Pants on Fire | 06-03-2016

If you think Donald Trump is the only fact-challenged political animal out there, think again. Case in point comes from the California Senate, where PolitiFact reports Sen. Richard Pan recently said during a committee hearing that the state Capitol –...

Crime & Punishment - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

Crime & Punishment in CT The CONNECTICUT Supreme Court upholds its own earlier ruling that it would be unconstitutional to execute inmates on the state’s death row given the state abolished the death penalty in 2012. The court’s decision...

Education - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

CA Rejects SB 1457 The CALIFORNIA Senate rejects SB 1457 , which would have allowed Golden State students to take unlimited time off from school and still obtain two elective credits for private religious or moral training (SACRAMENTO BEE). VA Gov...

Environment - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

No Smoking on NJ & CA Beaches The NEW JERSEY Assembly and Senate endorse AB 893 , which would ban smoking at all Garden State public parks and beaches. It is now with Gov. Chris Christie (R), who vetoed similar legislation in 2014 (NJ.COM). The...

Health & Science - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

OH Approves HB 523 The OHIO House and Senate approve HB 523 , which would make the Buckeye State the 25 th to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes. It is now with Gov. John Kasich (R) for consideration (CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER). Health In...

Hack This | 06-03-2016

California Senator Bob Hertzberg was understandably happy last week when his colleagues unanimously endorsed his legislation to criminalize someone installing ransomware, which takes over a person’s computer until the owner pays off a hefty ransom...

Immigration - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 10 , which would allow unauthorized immigrants to buy health insurance through the state’s health benefits exchange. Purchasers would not be eligible for federal subsidies to help them pay for their coverage....

Potpourri - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1730 , which would create a pilot program to provide temporary housing and other services for sexually exploited children. It moves to the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). -- Compiled by RICH EHISEN

Majority of States Have Minimum Wage Higher Than Federal Standard | 05-20-2016

As of last month, 29 states had a minimum wage that was higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two of those states, California and New York, have also passed laws that will gradually...

Environment - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

Environment In CA Water officials in CALIFORNIA suspend a mandatory statewide 25 percent reduction in urban water use, allowing local communities to set their own conservation standards. The change came after the Golden State received a relatively...

Majority of States Looking at Daily Fantasy Sports | 05-13-2016

Thirty-three states have considered legislation related to daily fantasy sports this year, according to LegalSportsReport.com and LexisNexis State Net legislative data. DFS bills have been passed in four states, including Virginia, which enacted two....

Business - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

CO Endorses SB 40 The COLORADO Senate endorses SB 40 , a bill that allows non-residents to invest in pot shops starting in 2017 provided at least one controlling owner or investor resides in-state. Current law restricts investors and owners to people...

Governors In Brief - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

Cuomo Forms Opioid Task Force Noting that accidental overdose is the leading cause of death in his state, NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced he is forming a task force to combat growing heroin and prescription opioid abuse in the Empire State...

Social Policy - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

MA Approves SB 735 The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 735 , a bill that would ban discrimination in public accommodations or businesses. The measure moves to the House (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE [BOSTON]). CA Approves AB 1732 The CALIFORNIA...

Drone Laws Passed In Over Half of States In Last Few Years | 05-05-2016

Since 2013, 27 states have enacted laws addressing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws generally define what UAS or drones are and specify how they can be used by law enforcement...

Internet Poker Bill Advances in CA | 05-05-2016

On a bipartisan, 19-0 vote last week, the California Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee approved a bill sponsored by that committee’s chairman, Assemblyman Adam Gray (D), that would legalize Internet poker in the state. In...

Brown Defies Big Tobacco, Signs CA Anti-Tobacco Bills | 05-05-2016

With little fanfare, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed five of six anti-tobacco measures last week, including a bill making the Golden State the second to raise the legal smoking age to 21. Other measures in the package will require e-cigarettes...

Politics In Brief - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

Auto Voter Registration Comes to VT VERMONT Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed legislation that will automatically register eligible residents to vote when they apply for a driver’s license. The law, which will take effect in 2017, makes Vermont the...

Health & Science - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration bans the sale of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco to people under age 18 and requires companies to submit these products to it for regulatory review, provide it with a list of product ingredients...

Potpourri - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

CA Approves SB 807 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 807 , which would grant civil immunity to any firefighter or first responder who damages an unmanned aircraft, or drone, in the course of doing their job. The measure heads to the Assembly (LEXISNEXIS...

States Consider Raising Legal Age For Tobacco | 04-29-2016

At least 11 states have considered measures this session mimicking Hawaii’s newly implemented law that raises the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21, according to LexisNexis State Net ’s legislative database. California’s...

Crime & Punishment - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

CA Fails SB 966 A sufficient majority of the CALIFORNIA Senate fails to endorse SB 966 , which would have repealed mandatory sentencing enhancements for someone convicted of the sale, possession for sale, distribution or transportation of drugs such...

Lawmakers Mull Raising Legal Smoking Age | 04-29-2016

Sometime in the next week – maybe by the time you are reading this – California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) will weigh in on legislation to raise his state’s legal smoking age from 18 to 21. If he signs it, the Golden State would become only...

In CA Rich Getting Richer, Paying More Income Taxes | 04-29-2016

Nearly 90 percent of the income tax revenue California collected in 2013 came from the top one-fifth of earners, those making $91,000 or more. And 45 percent of the state’s income tax revenue came from the top 1 percent of earners, those with an...

Education - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

CA Approves AB 1594 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1594 , which would bar the use of standard and electronic cigarettes on California State University and community college campuses. It moves to the Senate (SACRAMENTO BEE). MD Gov Signs SB...