UPDATE: Bill Requiring State Online Portal To Track Rape Kits Passes CommitteeThe Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that will require the addition of a new online portal to California's existing rape kit tracking system to allow survivors of sexual assault to track information regarding their rape kit.
House Passes Equality Act, Bolstering Legal Protections for LGBTQ AmericansThe House passed a bill on Thursday known as the Equality Act, which would enshrine legal protections for LGBTQ Americans by amending existing civil rights laws to prevent businesses and institutions from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
COVID Schools: State Assembly Leaders Press For All Schools To Resume In-Person Learning In SpringThree California Democratic Assembly leaders proposed legislation this week that would require public school students to physically return to school in stages by early spring, after public health officials lift closure orders.
State Sen. Scott Wiener Continues Push For Safe Injection Sites, More Housing Near TransitState Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) on Tuesday introduced new legislation to legalize overdose prevention programs, or safe injection sites, in select California cities.
Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Making Ethnic Studies Course A Requirement At CSUGov. Gavin Newsom sided with the state legislature on Monday by signing a bill that requires California State University students who enter as freshmen in 2021-22 to take an ethnic studies course focused on one of four ethnic groups in order to graduate.
State Sen. Wiener Renews Push To End Mandatory Sentences For Non-Violent Drug OffensesState Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, joined San Francisco city leaders, among others, on Monday to announce new state legislation that would end mandatory jail sentences for people accused of nonviolent drug offenses.
Proposition 16 Presents California Voters With Choice to End Affirmative Action BanCalls for racial justice during recent protests in California and across the country are bringing back a controversial push to reverse California’s ban on the consideration of race and sex in public education, employment and contracting.
Appeals Court in San Francisco Reinstates California Ammunition Purchase Background ChecksThe 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reinstated a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, reversing a federal judge's decision to stop the checks.
Speaker Pelosi Shepherds Trump-Backed Family Aid Deal to Bipartisan House ApprovalThe House of Representatives passed a bipartisan legislative financial relief package in the early hours of Saturday morning following intense negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and the Trump administration.
Bill Introduced To Expand Government Enforcement Powers Over UtilitiesA group of state legislators and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced the introduction of a bill Tuesday that would give the state attorney general and local district attorneys the power to reprimand utility companies for failure to comply with safety regulations.
Proposed Bill Would Give Drivers More Control Over License PhotoA newly proposed state bill would allow California residents to retake their driver license photos if they pay the extra fee.
New Law Bans Smoking at California State Beaches and ParksCalifornia will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by the governor. The law also bans disposing cigar and cigarette waste at parks and beaches.
SF Lawmaker's Bill to Ban Paper Receipts Fails in State LegislatureThe California Legislature had been considering banning paper receipts unless requested by a customer but a legislative committee voted Friday not to send the legislation to the Senate floor for a vote.
San Rafael Mayor To Keep Flags At Half Staff To Protest Inaction On Gun ControlCommunities across the country have lowered their flags to half staff to honor the victims of the mass shootings, but one Bay Area city plans to keep them down as an act of protest.
Protesters Hired To Oppose Proposed Law Banning Animal Fur SalesCalifornia might soon be the first state in the nation to ban the sale of fur, but only if paid fake protesters don’t convince lawmakers otherwise.