California

Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach CA Cap-and-Trade Deal | 07-14-2017

After months of often tense negotiations, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) reached an agreement last week with legislative leaders to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program, one of the Golden State’s primary tools in battling climate change...

States Face Increasing Demand For In-Home Health Care | 07-14-2017

With more and more baby boomers reaching retirement age and many of them wishing to remain in their homes as they age, pressure is being placed on states to provide more home-based health care. “The trend is shifting at every level to care...

Governors In Brief - July 10 2017 | 07-07-2017

CA Gov Brown to Host Global Climate Conference Saying it’s “up to you and it’s up to me and tens of millions of other people” to battle global climate change, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced last Thursday that the...

The Trump Effect | 06-30-2017

California has a wide array of folks running to replace soon-to-be-termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, most of them your standard Dems or Reeps promising the same things Dems and Reeps always say to fire up their base enough to at least get through the...

Another One Bites the Dust | 06-30-2017

One of California’s coolest Capitol hangouts is no more. As the Sacramento Bee reports , the venerable steakhouse Chops has been the watering hole of choice for lobbyists and lawmakers alike for the better part of 15 years. Located directly across...

Health & Science - July 3 2017 | 06-30-2017

Health In California CALIFORNIA Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D) announces he would shelve SB 562 - a Senate-approved bill that would implement a statewide single-payer health care system in the Golden State – for the year without a vote in...

Brown Signs Off On Major BOE Shake-Up | 06-30-2017

Citing a litany of allegations of abuse of power and fiscal malfeasance, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) last week signed legislation that will dramatically change the makeup and responsibilities of the state’s 138-year-old Board of Equalization...

Governors In Brief - June 19 2017 | 06-16-2017

Scott Creates First VT Ethics Commission VERMONT Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed legislation last week that will create a five-member commission to review cases of unethical behavior and potentially forward appropriate cases to the attorney general’s...

CA Pushing To Extend Cybersecurity Requirement To Govt Agencies | 06-16-2017

In 2014, spurred by a series of cyberattacks, including the unauthorized access of millions of records at retail giant Target, California passed a law requiring businesses responsible for a security breach involving Social Security or driver’s license...

Budgets In Brief - June 19 2017 | 06-16-2017

IL Gov Calls Special Budget Session ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has called a special session to try to end the state’s unprecedented budget impasse that has already drug on for two years and will enter its third on July 1. The special session...

California: Exceptional, Green and Cheered in China | 06-16-2017

The day after President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the Paris climate accords California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) formed an alliance with other U.S. states to combat global warming and flew off to Beijing to discuss the issue with Chinese leaders...

NJ Casinos Get Big Boost From Online Gambling | 06-09-2017

For the last several years, New Jersey casino revenue has been declining by an average of 7.6 percent a year. But through April of this year, total casino gambling revenue was up 1.7 percent over the same period last year. The reason for the change of...

Business - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

California Approves AB 168 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 168 , so-called “gender equity” legislation that would bar Golden State employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. It moves to the Senate (SACRAMENTO BEE...

Crime & Punishment - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

Crime In California The U.S. Supreme Court rules that police cannot be held liable for injuries they caused as part of a search unless the search itself is “unreasonable.” The decision overturns a lower court’s ruling in a CALIFORNIA...

Education - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

California Approves AB 406 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 406 , which would ban for-profit companies from owning or managing charter schools in the Golden State. It moves to the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). Nevada Signs AB 64 NEVADA Gov...

Environment - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

California Rejects AB 378 The CALIFORNIA Assembly rejects AB 378 , a bill that would have extended the state’s cap-and-trade program – which limits the amount of greenhouse gas emissions businesses are allowed to emit and charges those...

Health & Science - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

California Approves SB 562 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 562 , which would implement a single-payer health care system in the Golden State. It moves to the Assembly (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Approves AB 402 The CALIFORNIA Senate...

Potpourri - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

Nevada Approves SB 538 The NEVADA Senate approves SB 538 , which would require Internet providers to disclose what types of personal information they collect from users. The bill, which would also require providers to publish information on any third...

Govs Form Climate Alliance in Wake of Trump’s Paris Retreat | 06-02-2017

Within hours of President Donald Trump’s announcement last Thursday that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced...

Budgets In Brief - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

Tax Swap In Works In LA The LOUISIANA House passed a pair of bills last week ( HB 359 and HB 360 ) that would establish flat tax rates for individuals of 3.95 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively, while eliminating the state deduction for federal...

Dozen States Enact Private-Sector Pension Plan Measures | 06-02-2017

Since 2012, 32 states have introduced legislation to establish retirement plans for workers in the private sector or study the feasibility of providing such plans, according to the Pension Rights Center, AARP and Georgetown University’s Center for...

States Pushing Ahead With Private Sector Pension Plans | 06-02-2017

Undaunted by opposition from Wall Street, Congress and the Trump administration – or by potential litigation down the road – a growing number of states are moving forward with implementing state-run pension plans for millions of private-sector...

From Fish To Frogs | 05-19-2017

While Gov. Dayton was hooking fish, out west in California lawmakers were doing their best to scare off some frogs. As the Capitol Morning Report notes, lawmakers and staffers came together for the 43 rd Annual Capitol Frog Jump, a gig inspired by the...

Crime & Punishment - May 22 2017 | 05-19-2017

California Approves SB 439 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 439 , which would ensure that counties treat juvenile offenders 11 or younger in the child services system instead of the juvenile courts. It moves to the Assembly (ASSOCIATED PRESS). ...

Health & Science - May 22 2017 | 05-19-2017

Missouri Amends HB 90 The MISSOURI House declines to take up an amended version of HB 90 , which would have made the Show Me State the last in the nation to adopt a prescription drug monitoring system (KANSAS CITY STAR). Iowa Signs HB 524 IOWA...

Politics In Brief - May 22 2017 | 05-19-2017

CA, NY Leading Legal Effort To Protect ACA Funding CALIFORNIA Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) and NEW YORK Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) are leading a coalition of states, including CONNECTICUT , DELAWARE , HAWAII , ILLINOIS , IOWA , KENTUCKY...

Big Cost For Bail System Overhaul In CA | 05-19-2017

Democrats who control the California Legislature have proposed legislation ( AB 42 and SB 10 ) that would end the practice of having judges set bail amounts based on a schedule of rates for various crimes. Instead, new county pretrial services agencies...

California Spends Most On Medicaid | 05-19-2017

Almost $82 billion was spent on Medicaid in California in FY 2016 - $52.6 billion (64.1 percent) by the federal government and $29.4 billion (35.9 percent) by the state - according to January 2017 estimates from the Urban Institute, based on data from...

Business - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Illinois Approves SB 1502 The ILLINOIS Senate approves SB 1502 , a measure that would require online companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to disclose to consumers what data about them has been collected and shared with third parties. It is...

Education - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Texas Approves Senate Bill 7 The TEXAS House approves Senate Bill 7 , which would require principals and superintendents to report teachers having inappropriate relationships with students or face a state jail felony or a fine of up to $10,000. It...

Governors In Brief - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Christie Vetoes Pension Bill Deriding it as handing out “a blank check,” NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) conditionally vetoed legislation ( SB 3040 ) that would have allowed Garden State police and firefighters to take control over their...

CA Assembly, Senate Vote for Earlier Presidential Primaries | 05-12-2017

By the time California held its primary election on June 7 last year, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were already their parties’ presumptive nominees. But under a pair of bills passed by their respective chambers of origin, the state would hold...

CA Assembly Votes to Lift Ban Against Communists | 05-12-2017

For decades California has banned members of the Communist Party from working in its government. But that could change under a bill ( AB 22 ) passed by the state’s Assembly this month providing for the removal of references to the party from requirements...

Politics In Brief - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Congress Blocks State Retirement Plans Congress voted to eliminate an Obama-administration rule removing regulatory hurdles obstructing states from creating retirement programs for workers who don’t have access to retirement plans through their...

Soda Tax Fizzles In Santa Fe | 05-12-2017

For the past couple of years, taxes on sodas and other sugary drinks have been on a roll. In November 2014 Berkeley, California became the first city to pass such a tax. And that levy’s dual benefit of raising new revenue while reducing the consumption...

Ferreting Out the Law | 05-04-2017

For three decades ferret lovers have been trying to get California lawmakers and regulators to overturn a law that bans folks from owning ferrets. For the uninformed, ferrets are a member of the weasel family and bear a strong connection to the European...

A Real Numbers Game | 05-04-2017

As LexisNexis State Net notes, each state sends anywhere from hundreds to thousands of bills to the governor each year for consideration. For the 2017 session, LNSN estimates California will ponder 2,900 bills , almost five times the 600 we estimate Delaware...

USPS Upsets AK Marijuana Tax Payment System | 05-04-2017

When one of the owners of Rainforest Farms in Juneau, Alaska tried to mail a box of cash to Anchorage last month to make a regular tax payment, the U.S. Postal Service refused to deliver it. Not because of insufficient postage or missing address information...

Spike In Middle-Age Mortality Rates Defies Easy Answers | 05-04-2017

Life expectancy for most of the developed world has risen for years. But ongoing research by Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton reveals that over the last two decades mortality rates have spiked sharply for one specific group of...

This Bud’s For You | 04-28-2017

California pharmacists unfamiliar with the high and low points of medicinal marijuana can take heart: help is on the way. As KCBS in San Francisco reports , Sacramento resident Shayna Schonouer has been certified by the state as the nation’s very...

Governors In Brief - May 1 2017 | 04-28-2017

AK Lawmakers Dodge Walker Call for Action On Appointments Saying it was “time to bring [them] to a close,” ALASKA Gov. Bill Walker (I) issued a proclamation last week calling for a joint session of the Last Frontier Legislature to force...

Politics In Brief - May 1 2017 | 04-28-2017

AL SENATE VOTES TO LET CHURCH CREATE OWN POLICE FORCE The ALABAMA Senate passed a bill ( SB 193 ) that would allow the Briarwood Presbyterian Church, located in the suburbs of Birmingham, to establish its own police force. The measure on behalf of...

Budgets In Brief - May 1 2017 | 04-28-2017

AK HOUSE PASSES INCOME TAX ALASKA’s House, run by a coalition of 17 Democrats, three Republicans and two independents, passed a bill ( HB 115 ) that would institute an income tax on the state’s highest earners as part of a plan to address...

Sanctuary Cities Split Country | 04-28-2017

To anyone who has watched the national political culture split into two poles over the last decade or so, it should be little surprise that the country is moving in opposite directions on so-called sanctuary cities, those which bar local officials from...

CA Passes Transportation Bill | 04-14-2017

California lawmakers passed legislation this month ( SB 1 ) that will provide $52 billion in transportation funding over the next decade primarily by raising taxes on both gasoline and diesel fuel. Because of the tax provisions, a supermajority vote was...

Politics In Brief - April 17 2017 | 04-14-2017

JUDGE RULES TX VOTER ID LAW INTENTIONALY DISCRIMINATORY U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of TEXAS Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled that the state’s Republican controlled Legislature deliberately discriminated against minority voters when...

States Battle With Trump Over Fuel Efficiency | 04-14-2017

Thirteen states, led by California, are engaged in what promises to be a protracted conflict with the Trump administration over stricter emission and fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. Following up on his campaign promises, President...

Immigration - April 10 2017 | 04-07-2017

California Approves SB 54 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 54 , so-called “sanctuary state” legislation that would bar state and local law enforcement from using their resources to assist federal officials in immigration enforcement. The...

Brown Scores Huge Tax Victory In CA | 04-07-2017

Overcoming claims that he no longer has the political clout to sway lawmakers, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) earned a huge victory last week as Golden State lawmakers endorsed his proposal to raise the state gasoline and vehicle licensing taxes to raise...

CA Senate Passes ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill | 04-07-2017

In a direct challenge to the immigration policies of President Donald Trump, California’s Democrat-controlled Senate passed a bill ( SB 54 ) along party lines last week that would “prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies, including...