Here's What The California Legislature Did This YearCalifornia lawmakers are expected to work late into the evening on Friday as they finish their work for the 2021 legislative session just four days before voting concludes in a statewide recall election targeting Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Here's a look at what passed — and what failed — in the California Legislature this year.
California May Impose Toughest Rules On Recycling LabelsCalifornia lawmakers have approved what advocacy groups say are the nation's strongest protections against falsely labeling items as recyclable when they in fact are destined for landfills.
California Lawmakers Advance Bill To Strip Badges From Bad Police OfficersBad law enforcement officers could permanently lose their badges under a bill advanced by California lawmakers on Friday, a year after a similar measure died in the waning hours of the legislative session.
'Now There Is Momentum': Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs Applauds California's Guaranteed Income PlanIn what would be the first state-funded guaranteed income plan in the US, California lawmakers on Thursday approved $35 million for monthly cash payments to qualifying pregnant people and young adults previously in foster care.
California Lawmakers To Vote On Guaranteed Income GrantsThe California Legislature is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill that would help pay for guaranteed income programs across the state.
California Lawmakers Seek To Remove 'He' From State LawsWhen California Gov. Gavin Newsom was searching for a new attorney general earlier this year, state Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan looked up the job requirements and made a surprising discovery: In many instances, the law assumed the attorney general is a man.
Immigrant Health Care Is On California Senate's Wish ListDemocrats in the California Senate said Wednesday they want to spend the state's projected multibillion-dollar budget surplus on things such as making college debt-free for students, paying for the health care of some older, low-income adults living in the country illegally and partnering with first-time homebuyers in the state’s expensive market.
California Bill Would Remove Youth From Career Criminal LawLos Angeles' new reform-minded top prosecutor said Friday that it's time to remove youthful offenders from California's tough career criminal law that can greatly extend their prison time later in life.
California Lawmakers Advance Bill Aimed At Stopping Unemployment FraudCalifornia lawmakers on Thursday advanced what they called commonsense legislation requiring two state agencies to share information aimed at helping stop billions of dollars in pandemic-related unemployment fraud.
California Lawmakers Take Aim At Jumpstarting 'Microstamps' On HandgunsGun control advocates are making a new attempt to force the gun industry to comply with California's unique law requiring individual identifiers on all bullet casings, a mandate that has been toothless since it was approved in 2007.
California Crime Bill Would Make Some Robberies A MisdemeanorUnder SB 82, robberies under $950 that don’t involve deadly weapons or result in serious injuries would be considered petty thefts.
California Lawmakers OK $6.6 Billion Plan Aimed At Returning Students To The ClassroomThe bill does not order school districts to resume in-person instruction and it does not say parents must send their kids back to the classroom if they don't want to.
Porch Pirates Could Face Prison Time Under Proposed California LawPorch pirates could face prison time under a proposed California law.
California Lawmaker Seeks To Ban NDAs That Prevent Workers From Speaking Up about Discrimination And AbuseA California state legislator has introduced a bill aimed at empowering more workers to speak up about alleged discrimination and abuse by banning certain provisions in confidentiality agreements.
COVID, Housing Issues Top List As California Lawmakers Resume Session MondayCalifornia's coronavirus-ravaged economy and its Employment Development Department, which is at the center of a titanic fraud case that could exceed $2 billion, are at the top of the list when lawmakers resume their session on Monday.