'This Is Really About The Next Generation': California Senate OKs Lower Standard For Indoor Water Use That Would Begin In 2025Mired in an extreme drought, California lawmakers on Thursday took the first step toward lowering the standard for how much water people use in their homes — a move that won't be enforced on individual customers but could lead to higher rates even as consumption declines.
California Senate Votes To Mail Ballots In All ElectionsThe California Senate on Thursday voted to make sure all active registered voters will get a ballot in the mail at least 29 days before every election — even if they didn't ask for one.
California Senate Passes Bill That Could Makes Sidewalk Drinking A Permanent FixtureSidewalk dining and drinking could be here to stay. Under a new bill, the expansion of alcohol service into streets and parklets could become permanent, if cities choose to allow it.
Public Barred From California Senate After Threats SurfaceThe California state Senate closed its session to the public on Friday, a day after two women in attendance made threats against lawmakers, while law enforcement in Sacramento and other state cities girded for possible violence in advance of next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Gov. Newsom Signs Eviction Relief Bill Amid VirusThe California Senate advanced legislation Monday to ban evictions through January for people who can't pay their rent because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
California Senate Meets As GOP Senators Tested For COVID-19Nearly all of the Republicans in the California Senate were barred from entering the state Capitol on Thursday after they were exposed to the coronavirus, prompting unprecedented changes that include allowing lawmakers to vote via video conference from their homes as the Legislature rushes to complete their work by Monday's deadline.
California Senate To Meet Without Most GOP Members After Senator Tests Positive For COVID-19The California Senate will meet Thursday without most of its Republican members after a GOP state senator tested positive for the coronavirus.
Sacramento Officials Assess Damage; Senate Cancels MeetingsNearly two-thirds of properties in Sacramento's business district were damaged over the weekend following three consecutive nights of protests over the killing of George Floyd.
California Senate Proposal Tackles Rents, Economic RecoveryCalifornians unable to pay their rent because of the coronavirus crisis could have their payments covered by the state Legislature, Senate leaders announced Tuesday, part of a massive $25 billion aid package that looks to the future to pay for relief needed today.
Bill That Would Change California Elementary Sex Ed From Opt-Out To Opt-In Fails Committee VoteSupporters of a bill that would change sex education in California rallied at the State Capitol ahead of a crucial committee vote on Wednesday.
Security Beefed Up, Chambers Under Investigation After Blood Thrown Onto Senate FloorIt was a bloody ending to the legislative session Friday when an anti-vaccine protester threw what looked like a bloody menstrual cup from the balcony onto the senate floor, hitting the desk of multiple senators.
Employers May Not Be Allowed To Discriminate Against Those With Braids, Dreadlocks, Kinky HairA person's hairstyle and hair texture may not be used to discriminate against someone in the workplace or K-12 schools.
Bill To End Hair Discrimination Passes The SenateThe bill to end hair discrimination passed another hurdle on its way to becoming law Monday.
Bill Proposed To Get More Homes Built In CaliforniaTwo California lawmakers want the state to streamline the housing production process in order to get more homes built in a timely manner.
Closing Time Could Get Pushed To 4 am In Sacramento, 6 Other CitiesCalifornia's proposal to extend last call until 4 am in several California cities passed the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization Thursday, putting it one step closer to becoming law.