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California AG Sues Feds Over Renewable Energy Loans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - (AP) State Attorney General Jerry Brown sued the federal government Wednesday, asking a judge to stop government-sponsored mortgage buyers from blocking a program that lets homeowners pay for energy-efficient improvements through increased property taxes. Brown's lawsuit argues...

California Gays Must Wait To Wed During Prop 8 Appeal

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Gay couples who had been gearing up to get married in California this week had to put their wedding plans on hold once again after a federal appeals court said it first wanted to consider the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban. A three-judge panel. . . . Full...

'Tax Lady' Roni Deutch Says Lawsuit Is Political

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - (AP) "Tax Lady" Roni Deutch says California Attorney General Jerry Brown is engaging in election year politics by filing a lawsuit accusing her law firm of false advertising and misleading consumers. Deutch said in a statement Tuesday that she will fight the $34 million...

Court Won't Order California To Defend Proposition 8

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) California's highest court on Wednesday refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state's attorney general to appeal a federal ruling that overturned the state's gay marriage ban. The state Supreme Court denied a conservative legal group's request to force...

California Sues Leaders Of City Hit By Pay Scandal

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The California attorney general's office sued eight current and former officials of the scandal-ridden city of Bell on Wednesday, accusing them of defrauding taxpayers by granting themselves salaries so high they were illegal and a disgrace to public service. The suit demands the...

California: Jerry Brown

The Meg Whitman campaign ended yesterday, a spectacular failure. So Jerry Brown will soon be forming a gubernatorial team. At the victory celebration Tuesday night at Oakland's Fox Theater, a handful of prominent players in California workers' comp stopped by to savor the moment. Workers'...

California Settles Lawsuit Against Countrywide Executives

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The state of California has reached a settlement in a predatory lending lawsuit against former executives at Countrywide Financial Corp. that will pour $6.5 million into a fund to help foreclosed homeowners. The state had sued Countrywide, CEO Angelo Mozilo and President David Sambol...

Feds Sue California Over Sikh Inmate Beard Punishment

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of California alleging that a Sikh inmate who refused to trim his beard for religious reasons was unfairly disciplined. Sukhjinder Basra has said that guards told him he violated a rule prohibiting inmates from growing...

Climate Change a Breach of Public Trust?

By Dianne Saxe, Attorney Attorneys representing groups of one or more children and young adults are filing legal actions against the US government, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, in which they allege that the public trust doctrine requires government entities to reduce carbon dioxide...

Legal Actions Against U.S., States Claim Climate Change Is A Breach Of Public Trust

By Dianne Saxe, Attorney Attorneys representing groups of one or more children and young adults are filing legal actions against the US government, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, in which they allege that the public trust doctrine requires government entities to reduce carbon dioxide...

Do CA and NY Get the ALEC–Laffer Message? Is the Message Believeable?

In the first full week in December, "wealthy" New Yorkers and Californians found themselves to be a step closer to seeing their income tax liabilities (state, not federal) rise. This trend appears to be counterintuitive to anyone that respects the merits of theory advanced by the American Legislative...

Do CA and NY Get the ALEC–Laffer Message? Is the Message Believeable?

In the first full week in December, "wealthy" New Yorkers and Californians found themselves to be a step closer to seeing their income tax liabilities (state, not federal) rise. This trend appears to be counterintuitive to anyone that respects the merits of theory advanced by the American Legislative...

Do CA and NY Get the ALEC–Laffer Message? Is the Message Believeable?

In the first full week in December, "wealthy" New Yorkers and Californians found themselves to be a step closer to seeing their income tax liabilities (state, not federal) rise. This trend appears to be counterintuitive to anyone that respects the merits of theory advanced by the American Legislative...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Brown Has Golden State Thinking Big Even In Tough Times

Brown Has Golden State Thinking Big Even In Tough Times During the 30-plus years Barbara O'Connor has known California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), she says the man once derided as "Gov. Moonbeam" has developed a well-deserved reputation as someone never inclined to back down from a big challenge...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Governor Signs Several Pro-Obamacare Measures

The rollout of health benefits exchanges was pretty bumpy across the nation last Tuesday, but that didn't stop California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) from throwing his full support behind the Affordable Care Act. Brown signed 10 health care-related bills on Oct. 1, the same day the Golden State's exchange...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Try To Fill Federal Vacuum On Immigration Reform

By Lou Cannon | With immigration reform blocked by partisan gridlock and government shutdown in Washington, states led by California have stepped in to ease the plight of illegal immigrants. "While Washington waffles on immigration, California's forging ahead," Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said...

Norton Rose Fulbright: California Governor Signs First Ever State Plastic Bag Ban

By William L. Troutman California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s first state plastic bag ban into law on September 30, 2014. The law prohibits “stores”—supermarkets, groceries, retail stores that sell food or contain pharmacies, and convenience stores that...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Governor Signs Immigration Bill

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 873, which allocates $3 million to pay for legal aid for thousands of immigrant children from Central America who have poured into the Golden State this year to escape violence in their home countries (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE). The above article is...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Jerry Brown Signs New California ‘Made In USA’ Law

By Lauren Shoor Yesterday [Sept. 1], California’s Governor Brown signed SB 633 into law. The new law exempts certain merchandise from the prohibition that merchandise being sold in California cannot be labeled with “Made in the USA” or similar words when the merchandise or any component...