A bill that would force electronics manufacturers to install a shut-off function in all smartphones narrowly failed in the state Senate on Thursday but could be revived later this spring.
A San Francisco state senator is introducing a bill on Monday where new property buyers in the city would be forced to own their buildings for five years before they could evict renters.
A growing epidemic of smartphone thefts prompted state lawmakers to announce Friday new legislation that would require the devices to come equipped with an anti-theft deterrent known as a “kill switch.”
Two state officials have announced plans to introduce legislation requiring smartphones to have a “kill switch” that would render stolen or lost devices inoperable.
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.