Latest California State Legislature News

California promises fight to keep auto emission authority

Sep. 19, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Preparing for a lengthy legal battle with the Trump administration about how much pollution to allow from cars, California regulators on Thursday said they were considering cracking down on other emissions to make up for any impacts on air quality. The Trump administration on...

California lawmakers tackled health care, wildfire costs

Sep. 14, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In their first year with a new governor, California lawmakers passed legislation aimed at guarding against financial harm from wildfires, deterring fatal police shootings and expanding health care to young immigrants living in the country illegally. That's on top of efforts...

Woman arrested after throwing liquid on California Senate

Sep. 14, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California police have arrested a woman who threw a feminine hygiene device containing "what appeared to be blood" onto the floor of the state Senate, splashing onto lawmakers and forcing them to finish their work in a committee room on the final day of the legislative session....

The Latest: Suspected Senate liquid attacker out on bail

Sep. 14, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an activist who threw a feminine hygiene device containing "what appeared to be blood" onto the floor of the state Senate. (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The California woman who was arrested after she allegedly threw a feminine hygiene device containing "what appeared...

The Latest: Bill to block Trump environmental changes passes

Sep. 14, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on action on the final day of the California Legislature (all times local): 1:50 a.m. California lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at blocking the Trump administration's efforts to weaken environmental laws. The state Senate voted 26-14 early Saturday to send the bill...

California advances bill to cap consumer loan interest rates

Sep. 13, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved legislation Friday to cap interest rates for consumer loans, a measure that supporters say is designed to blunt predatory lending practices. The bill would cap consumer loan interest rates at 36 percentage points above the main interest rate set by...

California advances bill to cap consumer loan interest rates

Sep. 13, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate has advanced legislation to cap interest rates for consumer loans. The bill caps interest rates for payday and other loans at roughly 38 percent. The cap will fluctuate slightly depending on a key interest rate set by the Federal Reserve. It affects loans...

California lawmakers may trim repeat offenders' sentences

Sep. 12, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are on the verge of approving legislation to trim prison sentences for repeat nonviolent felonies. Current law adds an additional year to offenders' sentences for each previous prison or jail term. The bill approved by the state Assembly on Thursday would...

The Latest: California may trim repeat offenders' sentences

Sep. 12, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California legislative action (all times local): 5 p.m. California lawmakers are on the verge of approving legislation to trim prison sentences for repeat nonviolent felonies. Current law adds an additional year to offenders' sentences for each previous prison or...

California could tighten social media rules for children

Sep. 12, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is considering tightening the rules for children under 13 using social media. The state Senate voted 31-4 on Thursday to require social media companies to first get the consent of a parent or guardian before creating an account for a child the company knows is under 13....