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.
The bill, authored by state Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, gives survivors of human trafficking the right to terminate residential leases in order to protect themselves against their abusers. The bill also strengthens existing protections for survivors of domestic violence who are forced to vacate a rental property for personal safety reasons.
Four members of the state legislature are pushing forward with efforts to help the school regain accreditation.
The health care department for California’s prison system is under fire, after reports that pregnant inmates were coerced into having sterilization surgery.
A State Senate bill to keep alcohol sales flowing until 4 a.m. was shot down on a four to six vote partly because of drunk driving concerns during morning commuter hours.
Senate Bill 635, authored by state Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would let certain businesses provide beverage service until 4 a.m., two hours later than currently allowed under state law.
A state senator called for a legislative hearing regarding California’s oil refineries after Chevron announced that a unit at its Richmond refinery will remain closed until next year.
The California Assembly has approved a bill that would allow children to have more than two legal parents.
A bill by San Francisco Democratic Sen. Mark Leno would allow judges to recognize multiple parents in cases where children would be best served by several parental relationships.
State senators have rejected a bid to make California the 14th state to end felony penalties for those convicted of possessing small amounts of drugs for personal use.