Articles Tagged With ‘California legislature’

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Blakeslee-backed initiative aims for transparency in California Legislature

Sam Blakeslee

A ballot initiative backed by former state sen. Sam Blakeslee and Republican donor Charles Munger, Jr. aims to prevent California lawmakers from ramming through legislation before their colleagues and the public have been given the opportunity to review it. The... (Continue reading)

California mandates single-user bathrooms become gender-neutral

Phil Ting

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into a law a bill whose author, a San Francisco Democrat, describes as the “nation’s most inclusive restroom access law.” The new law requires all businesses and public facilities that have single-user restrooms to place... (Continue reading)

SLO County proposal on taxi DUIs becomes California law


A bill setting a new blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for taxi and Uber drivers was signed into law Wednesday by California Gov. Jerry Brown. San Luis Obispo County prosecutor Lee Cunningham authored the bill, and Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho... (Continue reading)

Cow fart bill passes California Legislature


California legislators have approved a bill targeting cow flatulence and manure, which lawmakers blame for releasing greenhouse gases. The legislation aims to reduce methane emissions related to manure to 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030. [CBS San Francisco] Senator... (Continue reading)

California mandatory prison bill passes after Stanford sexual assault

Brock Turner

The California State Assembly voted 66-0 in favor of a bill that would mandate prison sentences for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious person. The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. [NPR] In June, former Stanford student... (Continue reading)

California bill would make prosecutorial misconduct a felony

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Prosecutors will face felony charges for withholding or falsifying evidence if a bill that is currently making its way through the California Legislature becomes law. The bill calls for punishments of up to three years in prison for prosecutorial misconduct.... (Continue reading)

Gun rights group sues California over censored blog post


A Second Amendment rights group claims to be defending First Amendment rights in a lawsuit it has filed against the California Legislature’s legal counsel. The dispute surrounds a censored blog post that contained the home addresses of lawmakers who recently... (Continue reading)

Police transparency bill dies in California Legislature

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As multiple police scandals swirl around Northern California, including an Oakland sex scandal that has infected several Bay Area agencies, there is little hope citizens and journalists in the state will obtain access to officer personnel records. A bill that... (Continue reading)

California Senate votes to ban smoking at the beach


California state senators voted Tuesday to ban smoking at beaches and parks. The bill would also prohibit disposing of tobacco waste at state parks and state beaches. [LA Times] Supporters of SB 1333 say the bill is necessary, not only... (Continue reading)

Many California counties keeping campaign finances offline


Less than half of California’s counties provide the public with online access to campaign finance records. [LA Times] In 2012, the California Legislature amended the Political Reform Act of 1974, allowing local jurisdictions to eliminate paper filing requirements for campaign... (Continue reading)

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