State Lawmakers Block Bill To Regulate E-Cigarettes; SF Senator Leno Renounces His Own BillA California legislative panel opted not to vote Wednesday during a heated hearing on a bill that would regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products after lawmakers gutted its key provision.
State Lawmakers To Vote On $117.5 Billion Budget That Boosts Social Spending, Tempting Showdown With BrownCalifornia’s social service programs suffered deep cuts in the last recession, and now Democrats who control both houses of the Legislature want to increase spending on them as the state rebounds.
Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Makes Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List Time magazine has released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People. Among the likes of Beyonce, the Pope and Edward Snowden, it includes several prominent Bay Area figures including Governor Jerry Brown.
Phil Matier: California Lawmakers Kill Proposal To Ban Transit StrikesWith little debate, a State Senate committee killed a proposal Monday that would have banned transit workers from going on strike.
New Bill Would Create Earthquake Early-Warning SystemThe California Legislature has sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would require development of an earthquake early warning system.
Law Enforcement Officials Make Pitch For Drone Use In SacramentoCalifornia’s State Legislature is taking a closer look at the use of drones with a Tuesday morning hearing in Sacramento.
Some Bay Area School Districts To See Increase In State FundingSome Bay Area school districts will see significant increases in state funding now that the legislature has passed a budget. The only thing they need is Governor Brown’s signature.
California Legislature Passes $96.3B Democratic BudgetCalifornia’s State Senate has passed a $96.3 billion budget one day ahead of deadline as GOP warns that spending will lead to future imbalance.
State Legislators Consider Expanding Mental Health LawCalifornia lawmakers are seeking to expand a decade-old law that lets counties pursue court-ordered mental health treatment for those who refuse to get help on their own.
Gov. Brown Calls Special Session On Health Care ReformGov. Jerry Brown is telling California lawmakers that he will call a special legislative session on health care at the end of the year.
Pension Reform Tops Agenda As California Legislature Returns From RecessCalifornia’s State Legislature returned to work Monday from its summer recess with pension reform topping their agenda as well as hundreds of bills they still need to consider.
Lawmakers Depart Sacramento To Prepare For Fall ElectionCalifornia lawmakers have adjourned for their summer recess after unabashedly positioning themselves to their best competitive advantage going into the fall election campaign.