Bills May Exempt Freelancers, Newspapers From California LawFreelance writers and newspaper carriers would be exempted from a broad new California labor law requiring that many be treated as employees rather than independent contractors, under legislation announced Thursday by a state senator.
California Sues To Block Trump Administration Fracking PlansCalifornia increased its efforts Friday to keep the federal government from allowing fracking on more than 1 million acres of public land, suing to block the Trump administration from issuing new permits in the central part of the state.
California Wants To Buy Huge Ranch To Create New State ParkA pristine, 80-square-mile ranch within an hour's drive of San Francisco is up for sale for the first time in 85 years and California wants to acquire the property to create one of the largest state parks in decades.
Gov. Newsom Sending Team Of 31 Earthquake Response Experts To Puerto RicoThe team will depart from Sacramento on Sunday and will spend 16 days in Puerto Rico after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the island's southern coast on Saturday.
California May Switch To Shorter Probation TermsGov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to overhaul California's probation system by greatly reducing the time a convict is under supervised release, but increasing rehabilitation programs at the outset of the probationary period, when they are considered the most effective.
Gov. Newsom's 2020-21 Budget Plan Aids TeachersGov. Gavin Newsom wants to give $20,000 stipends to teachers at high needs schools.
Gov. Newsom Proposes Health Care For Older Illegal ImmigrantsGov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal announced Friday for the 2020-21 fiscal year includes health care for 27,000 older low-income immigrants who are in the country illegally.
Bill Targets Tax Breaks For Wealthy Homeowners In CaliforniaCalifornia would raise taxes on some homeowners and use the money to pay for homeless services under a bill proposed Thursday by a state lawmaker.
California Eyes Climate Bond To Prepare For DisastersIn a state burdened by billions of dollars in wildfire damage, California lawmakers are hoping for an advance loan before the next climate-fueled catastrophe hits.
California Joins House In Asking Supreme Court To Immediately Decide Fate Of ObamacareLawyers for the Democratic-led House of Representatives as well as California and other Democratic-led states asked the Supreme Court Friday to immediately step in to decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act.
Calif. Vastly Expands Digital Privacy. Will People Use It?Forty million Californians will soon have sweeping digital-privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S., posing a significant challenge to Big Tech and the data economy it helped create.