Changes in the Capitol’s political atmosphere with more Democrats means legislation that once could not be enacted is alive and kicking.
Why a California lawmaker wants to ban cigarette filters and disposable vapes
California Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s bill to curb litter from cigarette butts and electronic cigarettes cleared the Senate but approaches its next hurdle in the Assembly. The bill aims to tackle hundreds of thousands of cigarette butts that litter the state’s coasts and hold the tobacco and e-cigarette industry accountable for the mess that its products make.
As Trump rolls back student loan protections, an Obama-era watchdog brings the fight to California
With student debt soaring, consumer champion Seth Frotman has taken his federal fight against predatory lending to the state level in California.
What the new plan to deter Capitol sexual harassment really addresses—and avoids
California’s legislature is on the cusp of approving a new plan for responding to—and trying to prevent—sexual harassment in its own ranks. But
Wildfires and lead paint reignite Capitol’s ‘tort wars’
The “tort wars” that raged in the Capitol for decades over who and can sue whom are being reignited by conflicts over legal responsibility for wildfires and the sale of lead-based house paint.
Politicians at play in Pebble Beach, San Diego
Happy Friday, California. Well-educated, high-earners are still moving to California. But with housing prices at an all-time high, there’s an exodus of low-wage workers, reports Next10, a nonpartisan group, with research by Beacon Economics. Putting ‘fun’ back in fundraising Democratic legislators will spend this weekend attending the 21st annual Speaker’s Cup, a golf and fund-raising […]
Weed is mainstream, politically speaking
Good morning, California. House Speaker Paul Ryan may not care about California potholes and doesn’t have to pay the new gas tax for road repairs. But the Wisconsin Republican has given $50,000 to a proposed initiative to repeal the new 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax, evidently believing it will draw Republicans to the polls in November and […]
Despite dire OB-GYN shortage, lawmakers won’t expand role of nurse-midwives
Affordable homes with ample lots lure many families to the town of Apple Valley in the Mojave Desert. But amenities are limited—no department stores, no Costco and, more importantly, few affordable medical care options for pregnant women. For Cassandra Lindstrom, that meant scheduling the birth of her second baby at a hospital at least an […]