Clock's Ticking; State Lawmakers Eye Bills On Vaccines, Guns, Housing California state lawmakers have just two weeks remaining in their session to sort through hundreds of bills, some addressing volatile topics such as vaccinating children and shootings by police.
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.
Worsening California Housing Crisis Stymies State LawmakersPolitical wrangling around bills to cap rent increases, set rules for evictions and cut red tape to build housing reveals big splits in the Legislature when it comes to one of the most pressing issues in California.
Outcome of Central Valley Race Could Tip Power Balance in LegislatureMore than $7.7 million has been spent to win an open state senate race in California's sprawling 12th District, with the two parties dumping in $4.1 million, tops among all legislative races in the state.
LA-Based Nonprofit Funds Ballot Measure to Spread Rent ControlThe AIDS Healthcare Foundation has poured more than $12 million into a ballot initiative to let cities and counties regulate rental fees in buildings that state law currently shields from such control.
Legislature Sends 'Sanctuary State' Bill to Gov. BrownThe bill would prohibit law-enforcement officials from asking about a person's immigration status or participating in immigration enforcement efforts.
State Assembly Approves California's 'Sanctuary State' BillCalifornia's "sanctuary state" bill that would limit police cooperation with federal immigration authorities cleared a major hurdle Friday when it was approved by the state Assembly.
California Legislature Passes Cap-And-Trade DealCalifornia lawmakers have voted to extend the state's landmark law to combat climate change after hours of fraught debate.
California Assembly Speaker Shelves State Single-Payer Health PlanSpeaker Anthony Rendon called the bill "woefully incomplete."
Effort To Reform California Bail System Stalls In The LegislatureAn effort to reform California's bail system has stalled in the state legislature.
Democrats Gain More Power With Supermajority In California LegislatureDemocrats gained supermajorities in the California legislature, allowing them to override a governor's veto, pass emergency laws and raise taxes.
California May Ban State-Paid Trips To Protest Anti-Gay LawsCalifornia lawmakers are advancing a ban on publicly funded travel to states that have laws restricting the rights of gay or transgender individuals.
47 California Legislators Ask Gov. Brown To Call Special Session To Deal With DroughtA bipartisan group of 47 state Assembly members delivered a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday asking him to declare a special session to tackle problems related to California's ongoing drought.
California Lawmakers Pass Strict School Vaccination Bill; Legislation Headed To GovernorA controversial bill that makes it harder for parents to opt out of childhood vaccinations faces one more vote in the state legislature Monday before California’s Gov. Brown weighs in.
State Lawmakers To Vote On $117.5 Billion Budget That Boosts Social Spending, Tempting Showdown With BrownCalifornia’s social service programs suffered deep cuts in the last recession, and now Democrats who control both houses of the Legislature want to increase spending on them as the state rebounds.