The state Assembly has approved a bill that gives county prosecutors the option of charging lower-level, non-violent drug offenses as misdemeanors instead of felonies.
A proposal from Supervisor Dave Cortese would raise the minimum wage in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County to $10 an hour, matching the new minimum wage recently approved by voters in San Jose.
Minimum-wage workers in California would see their first raises in six years under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.
Transgender students would have the right to use public school restrooms and participate on sports teams that correspond with their expressed genders under a bill approved Thursday in the California Assembly.
A bill working through the state Legislature would make California the first state to require insurers to cover fertility treatments for patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious diseases.
A California bill that would have limited undercover farm animal abuse investigations has been pulled by its author amid stiff and growing opposition.
California Democrats are taking aim at bullets with a number of proposals limiting ammunition purchases.
For the first time, California had an open primary system in which the top two candidates, regardless of party, advanced to November. And they ran in districts drawn by a nonpartisan commission instead of by lawmakers protecting their own safe seats.
The possibility that a supermajority of Democrats will control both houses of the California Legislature does not guarantee an end to the gridlock in Sacramento.
Democrats gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate following Tuesday’s election, bringing them close to the ability to pass tax increases without the need for Republican votes.