Latest California state government News

California bill would ban all plastic shopping bags at grocery stores

Feb. 08, 2024 18:48 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would ban all plastic shopping bags in 2026 under a new bill announced Thursday in the state Legislature. California already bans thin plastic shopping bags at grocery stores and other shops, but shoppers at checkout can purchase bags made with...

The IRS is launching a direct file pilot program for the 2024 tax season — here is how it will work

Jan. 29, 2024 13:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As income tax filing season officially starts on Monday, a limited number of taxpayers in 12 states will soon be eligible to join an IRS pilot program that will allow them to calculate and submit their returns to the government directly without using commercial tax preparation...

Delaware judge limits scope of sweeping climate change lawsuit against fossil fuel companies

Jan. 10, 2024 19:04 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge has rejected several claims lodged by Delaware’s attorney general in a lawsuit alleging that the fossil fuel industry has downplayed the risks of climate change. Tuesday’s ruling significantly narrows the scope of the suit seeking to hold the industry liable for the...

Jewish protesters calling for cease-fire in Gaza disrupt first day of California legislative session

Jan. 04, 2024 12:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war interrupted the first day of California's legislative session on Wednesday, forcing the state Assembly to adjourn moments after convening. Lawmakers had just listened to the opening...

A tax increase, LGBTQ+ youth protections and more sick leave highlight California's new laws in 2024

Dec. 29, 2023 00:04 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors in California who mail abortion pills to patients in other states will be protected from prosecution. Workers will receive more paid sick leave on the heels of a big year for labor. And companies can't fire employees for using marijuana outside of work. ...

Federal judge blocks California law that would have banned carrying firearms in most public places

Dec. 20, 2023 23:41 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a California law that would have banned carrying firearms in most public places, ruling that it violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and deprives people of their ability to defend themselves and their loved ones. ...

New York will set up a commission to consider reparations for slavery

Dec. 19, 2023 19:10 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will create a commission tasked with considering reparations to address the persistent, harmful effects of slavery in the state, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday. It comes at a time when many states and towns...

Dodgers, Ohtani got creative with $700 million deal, but both sides still have some risk

Dec. 16, 2023 09:36 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Once the initial shock wore off on the price tag of Shohei Ohtani's record-shattering $700 million, 10-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, details about the contract emerged that were nearly as stunning. A total of $680 million — 97% of the money — was...

Shohei Ohtani's contract with the Dodgers could come with bonus of mostly avoiding California taxes

Dec. 15, 2023 19:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — If $700 million wasn't enough, Shohei Ohtani's record-setting contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers could also include a bonus: skipping most of California's famously high income taxes. Not even the mighty Dodgers have the power to exempt Ohtani from...

Connecticut lawmakers seek compromise on switch to all-electric cars, after ambitious plan scrapped

Nov. 28, 2023 18:33 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A compromise plan to eventually end the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles in Connecticut could be worked out as early as next year's legislative session, state lawmakers said Tuesday. The move comes a day after Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont withdrew proposed...