The 2017 legislative session now wrapping up began with a rhetorical punch in the face to Donald Trump, but California Democrats have a mixed record when it comes to turning their anti-Trump talk into action.
As befits a good murder plot, California lawmakers target potential victims by placing the bills on what they call the “suspense file.”
An irritated chairman of a state Senate Budget subcommittee says he intends to thwart a recent move by the state Air Resources Board that could give California’s biggest polluters a cushion of more than $300 million.
In a sharp rebuke of the board, Sen. Bob Wieckowski said Thursday that he’ll insert language into the 2018-19 budget bill instructing regulators to reduce the free compensation they’re giving oil refineries and other industries covered under cap and trade, California’s signature climate policy.
A bill advancing in the California Legislature would allow residents to opt for a “nonbinary” gender marker on all forms of state identification—”M” and “F” would likely be followed by “X.” That would make California the first state in the nation to fully depart from the rigid either/or categorization of gender, embracing a more fluid understanding of the term—at least on paper.