Latest California state government News

To avoid blackouts, California may tap fossil fuel plants

Jun. 30, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Looking to avoid power blackouts, California may turn to the one energy source it's otherwise desperate to get rid of: fossil fuels. A sweeping energy proposal Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday puts the state in the business of buying power to ensure...

California sets nation's toughest plastics reduction rules

Jun. 30, 2022 20:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Companies selling shampoo, food and other products wrapped in plastic have a decade to cut down on their use of the polluting material if they want their wares on California store shelves. Major legislation passed and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on...

Californians won't weigh 'involuntary servitude' amendment

Jun. 30, 2022 20:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will not consider amending its constitution to eliminate indentured servitude as a possible punishment for crime after Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration predicted that it could cost the state billions of dollars to pay minimum wage to prison inmates. ...

California first to cover health care for all immigrants

Jun. 30, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Thursday became the first state to guarantee free health care for all low-income immigrants living in the country illegally, a move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year. ...

Improving weather aids fight against Sierra Nevada wildfire

Jun. 30, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Improving weather helped firefighters stop the spread of a Sierra Nevada wildfire that forced evacuation of several hundred people from their homes and injured seven firefighters, authorities said Thursday. The Rices Fire did not grow overnight, remaining...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 30, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

California advances bid to create legal drug injection sites

Jun. 30, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly on Thursday approved a controversial bill allowing Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco to set up places where opioid users could legally inject drugs in supervised settings. The move follows more than a year of legislative...

California lawmakers OK budget; most taxpayers to get refund

Jun. 30, 2022 01:25 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Wednesday approved a nearly $308 billion spending plan that includes money to cover abortions for women who can't afford them and the health care costs for low-income adults living in the country illegally while sending cash payments to most...

Sierra Nevada wildfire threatens small rural communities

Jun. 30, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — A Sierra Nevada wildfire destroyed a building and was a threat to more than 250 homes and other structures, California authorities said Wednesday. The Rices Fire grew to 904 acres (366 hectares) along the Yuba River in Nevada County, the California...

Personal info on California gun owners wrongly made public

Jun. 29, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Justice on Wednesday acknowledged the agency wrongly made public the personal information of perhaps hundreds of thousands of gun owners in up to six state-operated databases, a broader exposure than the agency initially disclosed a day...