Legislation

A small pool of water is surrounded by dried and cracked earth that was the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir  on January 28, 2014 in San Jose. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Governor Jerry Brown, State Legislators Unveil $1 Billion Drought Relief Plan

Most of the proposal would accelerate spending that voters have already approved for water and flood projects.

03/19/2015

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SF Supervisors’ Committee Trying To Empower Public Over Wireless Companies

Legislation is moving forward at the Board of Supervisors that would require a lot more work for wireless companies that want to install antennas on utility poles, street lights and other public right of way.

01/14/2015

A driver under suspicion of DUI undergoes a Breathalyzer test. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

CA Lawmaker Wants To Put Breathalyzers Inside DUI Offenders’ Cars

The law would call for ignition interlocking devices. If the breathalyzers detect alcohol on your breath, the car just won’t start.

12/27/2014

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Egg Prices Could Rise As Much As 40 Percent When New State Regulations Take Effect In January

New state regulations that take effect in January that require poultry farmers to provide more space in hen houses is expected to drive up egg prices.

12/16/2014

Dried and cracked earth is visible on an unplanted field at a farm on April 29, 2014 near Mendota, California.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Farmers Urge Gov. Brown To Veto Legislation That Would Regulate Pumping California’s Groundwater

California Central Valley farmers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to veto legislation that would regulate the pumping of well water in California for the first time.

09/15/2014

Police drone. (CBS)

Ban On Warrantless Drone Use By Law Enforcement Passes California State Senate

The California State Senate passed legislation Thursday night that would, in most cases, require law enforcement and other government agencies to get a warrant before gathering information with an unmanned aircraft.

08/27/2014

State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Kill Switch Legislation Passes Assembly, Now Heads Back To State Senate For Vote

The bill by state Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco is headed back to the Senate for a final vote on amendments.

08/07/2014

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California Considers Gun Restriction Law For Mentally Unstable People After Isla Vista Killing Rampage

California could become the first state to allow family members, licensed therapists and health care providers to petition a judge to take firearms from someone who has shown signs that they could harm others or themselves.

08/04/2014

Murder Suspect Elliot Rodger DOB 7/24/91

Isla Vista Massacre Prompts New California Gun Legislation Forcing Officers To Check Firearm Registration Records During Routine ‘Welfare Checks’

Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

06/11/2014

State Capitol Building in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Legislators Opting To Vote In Capitol Building Hallways Instead Of On The Floor

Bills that could have a big impact on Bay Area residents have failed this week in the state Senate, including a proposal that would have strengthened the Ellis Act, as it applies to landlords in San Francisco.

05/29/2014

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