California

Budgets In Brief - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FREES UP CHIP MONEY FOR FIVE STATES Since Congress failed to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), providing health care for children from low-income families that don’t qualify for Medicaid, the Trump...

Higher Cost Of Disasters Could Portend Cost Shift To States | 10-20-2017

This past week, as firefighters continued to battle deadly wildfires in Northern California, officials there said this could become one of the Golden State’s worst ever fire seasons, coming on the heels of a historically wet winter and the hottest...

Root, Root, Root for... | 10-13-2017

Anyone but the Dodgers. Yep, that’s generally the feeling here in Northern California from early April to late October. And while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti deftly sidestepped a question about his gubernatorial ambitions during his luncheon...

Brown Signs CA Drug Price Transparency Bill | 10-13-2017

Resisting opposition from the pharmaceutical industry, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation last week requiring drug makers to give the state more notice and justification before raising drug price increases. “Californians...

Business - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

California Signs SB 20 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 20 , which requires passengers on commercial busses equipped with seat belts to use those safety devices. The law further requires drivers of those busses to inform riders of the law ...

Education - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

California Vetoes AB 1399 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1399 , which would have required the state Department on Teacher Credentialing to develop program standards on teaching the subject of genocide and human rights. Brown said such programs...

Environment - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

Jerry Brown Signs A Dozen Bills In an effort to bolster the state’s market for zero- and near-zero emissions vehicles, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs a dozen bills aimed at broadening their use in the Golden State. A sampling of the bills...

Health & Science - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

California Vetoes AB 715 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 715 , which would have created a new state working group tasked with determining best practices in prescribing opioid medications. Brown said such state-level work groups already exist...

Social Policy - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

Social Policy In Oklahoma An OKLAHOMA court strikes down a Sooner State law that required doctors prescribing abortion-inducing medications to follow a protocol established in 2000 rather than updated protocols offered by drug makers. District Judge...

And We Thought It Was Jerry | 10-06-2017

Every fall California Gov. Jerry Brown has to hunker down and sift through hundreds of bills that arrive on his desk at the end of the legislative session. Most are of great gravity to a nation state that likes to tell anyone who will listen it is the...

Business - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

Business In California The CALIFORNIA Public Utilities Commission opts to not require ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft to submit to the state fingerprints of their drivers. The agency did codify the need for the companies to submit proof annually...

Education - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

California Signs AB 1178 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 1178 , which will require colleges to send students personalized reports detailing their cumulative loan amounts and the percentage of federal borrowing limits they have reached (LOS...

Environment - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

Environment In California And New Mexico A federal judge orders the Trump administration to immediately enforce restrictions on the release of potent methane emissions at oil and gas drilling operations on public land. The rules, which went into effect...

Health & Science - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

California Vetoes AB 1279 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1279 , which would have required the state Department of Health to develop an outreach program to increase awareness of the disease Valley Fever. Brown said the agency already has...

Immigration - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

Supreme Court Declines Case The Supreme Court of the United States declines to take on a case seeking to challenge the University of CALIFORNIA system’s decision to allow unauthorized immigrants to pay in-state tuition and receive financial aid...

Social Policy - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

Social Policy In Iowa A county judge in IOWA upholds the Hawkeye State’s new law imposing a 72-hour waiting period on women seeking an abortion. The plaintiffs in the case, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, filed an intention...

Potpourri - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

California Signs AB 562 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 562 , which makes it a misdemeanor crime for anyone to interfere with, obstruct or impede a State Auditor’s investigation, with violators facing a fine of up to $5,000 (LEXISNEXIS...

Brown Signs Bill Making CA ‘Sanctuary State’ | 10-06-2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed almost a dozen immigration-related bills last week, including a so-called “sanctuary state” measure ( SB 54 ) that will make the Golden State the only one to significantly limit how much local law enforcement...

Governors In Brief - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

SANDOVAL DECLARES NV HEALTH EMERGENCY AFTER MASS SHOOTING In the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that saw 59 people killed and more than 500 injured, NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) issued an executive order temporarily suspending...

Congressional Republicans Reconsidering Scrapping State And Local Tax Deduction | 10-06-2017

The tax overhaul outlined by President Trump and GOP congressional leaders last month proposed doing away with the federal tax deduction for state and local tax payments to help offset the business and individual tax cuts included in the plan. But congressional...

Business - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

Business In Wisconsin A WISCONSIN Appeals Court upholds the Badger State’s right-to-work law, which bars unions and employers from requiring that all employees pay fees to join a union, either in membership dues or “fair share” payments...

Education - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

California Signs SB 557 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 557 , which allows Golden State schools to donate their cafeteria food leftovers to local food banks and charities (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

Health & Science - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

Health In Massachusetts The MASSACHUSETTS Supreme Judicial Court rules that because the effects of marijuana vary so greatly between individuals, police officers cannot offer an opinion on whether an individual was “high” in court cases...

Brown Signs CA Housing Package, More Bills Pending | 09-29-2017

With the October 15 signing deadline fast approaching, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is slowly working his way through the annual slew of bills that end up on his desk after the frantic final days of the legislative session come to an end. But while...

CA Moves Up Primary Election Date | 09-29-2017

For the last few years, California has held its primary elections in June, which, in 2016, was after Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had already become their respective parties’ presumptive nominees. Under a bill ( SB 568 ) signed by Gov. Jerry...

Politics In Brief - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

DHS CONTACTS STATES ABOUT 2016 ELECTION HACKING The Department of Homeland Security directly notified election officials in 21 states last month that they had been targeted by hackers connected to the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign...

Seven States Have Minimum Staffing Requirements For Dialysis Centers | 09-29-2017

Seven states have set minimum staffing levels for dialysis clinics through administrative regulations, according to analysis by the Service Employees International Union. California also considered an SEIU-backed bill ( SB 349 ) this year that, if passed...

CA Dialysis Regulation Effort Stalled...For Now | 09-29-2017

Three mornings every week for the last few years California resident Dave Kennedy grabs his headphones, a reading tablet and a few pillows and makes a 15-minute drive to the dialysis clinic nearest his home in the foothills east of Sacramento. Once there...

Education - September 18 2017 | 09-15-2017

California Assembly Gives Final Approval The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to a bill making the first year of community college free for in-state students going full time. The measure ( AB 19 ) now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) (ASSOCIATED...

Health & Science - September 18 2017 | 09-15-2017

California Signs SB 17 The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final passage to a measure ( SB 17 ) requiring drug makers to give a public explanation for some price increases. The bill, believed to be the first in the nation to require such transparency in pharmaceutical...

Crime & Punishment - September 18 2017 | 09-15-2017

California Governor Signs Marijuana Bill Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs a bill ( SB 65 ) banning the smoking of marijuana or ingestion of marijuana products while driving or riding in a vehicle, starting Jan. 1 when recreational pot becomes legal in the...

BROWN AGREES TO CHANGES ON SANCTUARY CITIES BILL AS CALIFORNIA SESSION NEARS CLOSE | 09-15-2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) reached an agreement this week with Senate leader Kevin de Leon (D) to make changes to California’s “Sanctuary State” bill ( SB 54 ), adding specified circumstances when law enforcement should share information...

CA Sues to Block Elimination of DACA | 09-15-2017

Last Monday, a week after the attorneys general from 15 states filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created in 2012 through an executive order from President Obama, California...

Autonomous Vehicle Enactments Accelerating In States | 09-08-2017

Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of autonomous vehicles on its roads in 2011. A few states, including California, Florida and Nevada, enacted laws dealing with such vehicles over the next few years, with the exception of 2014,...

Big Fish, Big Pond | 09-08-2017

Sacramento is no Washington D.C. but it has its share of similarities, not the least of which is having a lot of people who love to hear how important they are. Which could explain why the entire Capitol community goes a thither each year waiting for...

You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Par-Tay! | 09-08-2017

Or so vows California state Sen. Scott Wiener. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports , Weiner was incensed last week when the Assembly Appropriations Committee gutted his Senate-endorsed measure to allow local communities to decide if they wanted to...

First, Stop Digging | 09-08-2017

If you haven’t noticed, Republicans are as relevant in California as a screen door on a submarine. But it hasn’t always been that way. Reeps were once the state’s preeminent political force. But that started to wane after then-Gov. Pete...

Business - September 11 2017 | 09-08-2017

California Approves AB 260 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves AB 260 , which adds hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts to the list of businesses already required to post a notice with information on human trafficking resources, including national and...

Education - September 11 2017 | 09-08-2017

California Approves AB 10 The CALIFORNIA Senate unanimously approves AB 10 , which would require schools where 40 percent of the kids meet the federal poverty threshold to provide free feminine hygiene products to female students. The bill, which would...

Environment - September 11 2017 | 09-08-2017

California Approves SB 51 The CALIFORNIA Assembly and Senate approve SB 51 , which would require the California Environmental Protection Agency to preserve any scientific information “at risk of censorship or destruction by the federal government”...

Health & Science - September 11 2017 | 09-08-2017

California Signs AB 602 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 602 , which prohibits pharmacies from acquiring diabetes testing devices from unauthorized distributors (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). California Signs SB 374 Also in CALIFORNIA...

Social Policy - September 11 2017 | 09-08-2017

California Signs SB 332 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 332 , which requires that foster youth are provided with voter registration resources and paperwork when they are progressing into adulthood (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). ...

Governors In Brief - September 11 2017 | 09-08-2017

CHRISTIE PROPOSES NEW NJ OPIOID RULE NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced a new rule prohibiting prescribers of opioid medications from accepting meals and uncapped compensation for speaking engagements, consulting work, and other services...

Regulation Of Self-Driving Cars Picking Up Speed In States | 09-08-2017

Early last year SNCJ reported that while the development of autonomous, or self-driving, car technologies by Google, Uber, Tesla Motors and others was “progressing rapidly,” state efforts to regulate the testing and operation of such vehicles...

We’ll Always Have Sacramento | 09-01-2017

Republicans in California may be an emasculated bunch these days, but that doesn’t stop them from acting tough when the opportunity arises. Sadly, that often comes in the form of eating their own. Case in point comes in the form of Assembly Minority...

Somehow This Seems Appropriate | 09-01-2017

It’s no secret that known hate groups like the KKK and others have been vocal in their support of President Donald Trump, or that they have been emboldened by his seeming support in return. The results have been, in a word, lethal . With similar...

Brown, CA Lawmakers Reach Deal On Housing | 09-01-2017

After weeks of negotiations, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) reached a deal with lawmakers last week on a trio of bills intended to ease the Golden State’s acute shortage of affordable housing. The bills are expected to spur significant new construction...

New Strategy For Public Election Financing | 09-01-2017

The hope that public financing of elections might eventually get big private money out of politics ended with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission , eliminating limits on political spending by...

Politics In Brief - September 4 2017 | 09-01-2017

JUSTICE ALITO STAYS TX CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REDRAW U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito temporarily stayed a lower-court ruling requiring two TEXAS congressional districts to be redrawn because they discriminated against minority voters, “pending...

Budgets In Brief - September 4 2017 | 09-01-2017

IL APPROVES EDUCATION FUNDING REFORM ILLINOIS lawmakers passed legislation last week overhauling the way state money is distributed to local school districts to ensure that more funding goes to poorer schools. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) was expected to...