State Senate Passes Bill Allowing Residents To Seal Old Conviction RecordsThe California Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would create pathways for residents with old criminal convictions and arrest records to seal them, thereby removing a significant barrier to employment for many in the state.
Bills To End 'Spousal Rape' Distinction Stall In California LegislatureEfforts by Bay Area lawmakers to end what's been called an archaic distinction between spousal rape and other forms of sexual assault appear to have stalled for the year.
Wildfires: State Senate Approves Bill Declaring Energy Shut-Offs As Local EmergenciesThe California Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that defines power shut-offs during wildfires as local emergencies, meaning governmental bodies can recover expenses.
California Lawmakers OK Ban of Most Flavored TobaccoThe California Legislature voted Friday to ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products in the state.
State Senate Passes $200 Billion Budget Plan; Assembly Set to Approve in Friday VoteThe California Senate on Thursday approved a $202.1 billion spending plan that covers the state's $54.3 billion deficit through a combination of temporary tax increases, delayed spending and cuts to colleges, courts and state worker salaries.
State Legislature Extends Recess Into May Because of CoronavirusLawmakers recessed on March 16 after they agreed to give Gov. Newsom $1 billion to spend responding to the coronavirus. Friday, legislative leaders announced they plan to reconvene May 4.
California Senate Rejects High-Profile Housing Bill SB50California lawmakers voted down legislation Wednesday that would have allowed developers to build small apartment buildings in neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes.
California Senate Approves AB5 Bill To Reclassify Gig Economy WorkersThe California Senate has passed a bill that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft.
California Budget Headed To Governor Has Good And Bad News For UninsuredThe $215 billion dollar budget passed by the Assembly and Senate Thursday expands access to health insurance, but will also penalize those who do not get health insurance.
California Senate Passes $214.8B Budget, Sends It To Governor NewsomThe California Senate has passed a $214.8 billion budget. That sends it next to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.
California Consumer Data Privacy Protections Expanded Under Proposed LawCalifornia consumers would have more power to sue corporations for misusing their data under a proposal to expand what already is the nation's most far-reaching law protecting personal information.
California Senate Bill Targets Loophole In Auto Burglary LawA loophole that law enforcement officials say hinders prosecution of auto burglars would close under legislation being proposed by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.
California State SenateHere are the results for the State Senate Races.
California GOP Lawmaker Is Removed During Speech Criticizing Tom HaydenA California state lawmaker was removed from the Senate floor after refusing to stop delivering a speech criticizing former Sen. Tom Hayden for his anti-war activism in Vietnam.
Wide-Ranging Gun Control Measures Approved In California SenateDemocrats in the California Senate made another attempt Thursday to outlaw the sale of assault weapons with easily detachable ammunition magazines as part of a wide-ranging slate of gun control bills that were approved.