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California GOP Blocks Democratic State Legislative Supermajorities In Both Houses

Republican Catharine Baker was declared the winner over Democrat Tim Sbranti in Assembly District 16 after an updated tally by Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

11/07/2014

Stacey Armato of Hermosa Beach says TSA agents at the Phoenix airport tried to force her to have her breast milk X-rayed. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Airports Would Be Required To Have Lactation Rooms Under California Assembly Bill

Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal of Long Beach says her bill helps working mothers who want to breastfeed by providing comfortable and private rooms for pumping.

05/28/2014

President Barack Obama pretends to be helped to his feet by the students in the classroom he visited at Powell Elementary School on March 4, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

Bill Encourages Schools To Teach About Racial Significance Of Obama’s Presidency

A bill that passed the Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support Thursday encourages California schools to teach students about the racial significance of Barack Obama’s presidency.

04/25/2014

Smoking Ban

California Bill Targets Third-Hand Smoke In Home Day Care Centers

Smoking already is banned in homes that function as day care centers during their operating hours to prevent kids from being exposed to secondhand smoke. But Hall says recent research shows even off-hour smoking places children at risk.

04/21/2014

Committee Hearing

Heated Testimony At Capitol Over Assembly Bill Inspired By Blackfish

The committee chair recommended an interim study, meaning a final vote won’t be made until next year.

04/08/2014

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Blackfish Protesters Gather At California Capitol Before Assembly Hearing

Protesters delivered more than 1 million signatures in support of the measure as part of an international movement inspired by Blackfish, the CNN documentary that details orca captivity at SeaWorld.

04/07/2014

Rape kit bill

California Lawmakers Pressuring Law Enforcement On Rape Kit Backlog

Rape kits allow crime labs to match an unknown attacker to a database of convicted criminals, but thousands of them aren’t being tested at all.

03/25/2014

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Restaurant Glove Law Repeal Effort Passes Assembly Health Committee

The Assembly Health Committee voted 15-0 Tuesday to repeal and revisit the regulation before enforcement begins this summer, following opposition from chefs and bartenders.

03/25/2014

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California Lawmakers Consider Emergency Action On Restaurant Glove Law

Lawmakers are now admitting they’ve bitten off more than California restaurant and bar owners can chew by requiring chefs and bartenders to wear latex gloves when handling food or drinks.

02/24/2014

active shooter

California Lawmaker Wants Template For Handling Active-Shooter Scenarios

Pomona Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez has proposed a bill that would create statewide training and protocols for police, fire and emergency medical services.

02/19/2014

FLAVORED CONDOMS

Assembly Bill Would Expand Availability Of Condoms In Prisons

Gov. Jerry Brown rejected last year’s legislation, saying the corrections department already allows family visitors to bring condoms for overnight visits.

01/28/2014

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California Assembly Passes School Bills Requiring Planning For Abuse, Violence

One requires school districts to write a child abuse reporting policy that reflects current law and inform staff about it. The other requires school districts to develop specific plans to respond to campus violence.

01/28/2014

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