Latest California state government News

Newsom vetoes bill extending reparations committee deadline

Sep. 30, 2022 16:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill Thursday night that would have granted more time for a first-in-the-nation African American reparations committee to complete its work after the former assemblymember who authored legislation creating the committee asked the...

New law aims to make California haven for transgender youth

Sep. 30, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new law aims to stop other states from punishing children who come to California for transgender surgeries and other gender-affirming care, a move that will intensify conflicts between Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and other Republican governors amid the country's...

California governor approves farmworker unionization law

Sep. 28, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A broadly smiling California Gov. Gavin Newsom joined about two dozen jubilant, cheering farmworkers camped outside the state Capitol Wednesday to sign one of the most contentious bills before him this year, reversing course on a measure to help farmworkers unionize...

California doc pleads guilty to prescribing unneeded drugs

Sep. 28, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A physician pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding California’s Medi-Cal system by prescribing unnecessary drugs to more than 1,000 patients, prosecutors said. Dr. Mohammed El-Nachef entered pleas in Orange County to one count of insurance fraud and one...

California governor signs laws to boost housing production

Sep. 28, 2022 19:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — They've become a familiar sight along the wide commercial corridors of America — empty buildings once filled by big retailers who have closed their doors, in part because many of their customers shop online. Now, two new laws in California would let...

California governor reverses course, signs bill backed by President Biden to help farmworkers unionize

Sep. 28, 2022 19:07 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor reverses course, signs bill backed by President Biden to help farmworkers unionize.

California to add wine, liquor bottles to recycling program

Sep. 28, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will add wine and liquor bottles to its recycling rebate program under a law taking effect in July 2024. “California’s bottle bill recycling program has needed fixing for 40 years,” Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins said Wednesday....

Mountain lion attacks boy, 7, at Southern California park

Sep. 28, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife officers on Wednesday were tracking a mountain lion that attacked a 7-year-old boy and prompted the closure of a sprawling Southern California park, authorities said. The child and his father were walking up stairs at Pico Canyon Park near...

New California abortion laws set up clash with other states

Sep. 27, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed more than a dozen new abortion laws Tuesday, including some that deliberately clash with restrictions in other states — a sign of the coming conflicts that must be sorted out as lawmakers rush to set their own rules now that Roe v....

Appeals court blocks California ban on for-profit prisons

Sep. 26, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A larger panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday again blocked California's first-in-the-nation ban on for-profit private prisons and immigration detention facilities, finding that it is trumped by the federal government. A three-judge...