Articles Tagged With ‘Lobbying’

California legislators report gifts received in 2012

California lawmakers disclosed trips, sports tickets, meals and other perks they received in 2012 in a report released Saturday. [LATimes] In August, legislators killed a measure by former Sen. Sam Blakeslee that would have prevented companies that hire lobbyists from... (Continue reading)

GMO prop drops in poll as spending against soars

As food and biotechnology giants spend millions of dollars battling Proposition 37, support for the mandatory genetically modified food measure is sinking. [California Watch] An October 25 poll by the Los Angles Times and the USC Dornsife College of Letters,... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit filed against plastic bag ban

A pro-plastic bag coalition filed a suit on Thursday in San Luis Obispo County’s Superior Court attempting to set aside the recently approved-county anti-plastic bag ordinance. [Tribune] On behalf of the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, attorney Stephen L. Joseph... (Continue reading)

Business lobby tops labor lobby

Business won the  lobbying wars in Sacramento this past year, knocking off more potentially pesky legislative proposals than any other special interest group under the dome. [CaliforniaWatch] Between labor, business and others, interest groups spent more than $216 million for... (Continue reading)

SLO County plastic bag ban still on course

A planned ban on so-called single-use plastic bags used by retailers moves toward a final vote next year following a spirited and well-attended meeting of the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Board (IWMB) Wednesday. Faced with an opportunity... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee resurrects bill limiting gifts from lobbyists

State Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, is resurrecting a version of a bill that was killed earlier this year limiting gifts legislators can receive from lobbyists. [] He is co-authoring the bipartisan SB 50 with Sen. Lou Correa, a... (Continue reading)

Abel Maldonado fined for nondisclosure

After a lengthy investigation, former Lt. Gov. and Central Coast state senator Abel Maldonado has agreed to pay a $28,000 fine for committing 14 campaign violations in 2004 through 2008. California campaign rules require the transparency of donors and contributors.... (Continue reading)

PG&E biggest spender on lobbying in California

California companies spent more than $66 million lobbying state officials and Congress during the first quarter of 2010–and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is at the top of the list. [California Watch] The report, maintained by the U.S. Senate, shows... (Continue reading)