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Fracking ban fails to advance in California Legislature

Apr. 13, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers Tuesday rejected a bill that would have banned fracking in the state, succumbing to pressure from the powerful oil and gas industry and their labor union allies who warned the bill would have cost good-paying jobs. The bill...

California stalls bill banning intersex surgery for children

Apr. 05, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — First-of-its-kind California legislation to ban some medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children stalled Monday for the third straight year in the same committee, with the author saying that proposed amendments would have stripped much of its purpose. ...

California Legislature OKs plan aimed at in-person learning

Mar. 04, 2021 20:43 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday approved a $6.6 billion plan aimed at pressuring school districts to return students to the classroom before the end of the school year. The bill does not order school districts to resume in-person instruction...

California bill would block inmate transfers to ICE custody

Feb. 24, 2021 18:23 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Among the inmate firefighters who battled massive California wildfires last year was Bounchan Keola, a Laotian immigrant who had been sentenced to 28 years in prison for a gang-related shooting when he was 16. The state later turned him over to federal...

Federal judge says California can enforce net neutrality law

Feb. 23, 2021 20:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that California can for the first time enforce its tough net neutrality law, clearing the way for the state to ban internet providers from slowing down or blocking access to websites and applications that don't pay for premium...

California lawmakers propose ban on fracking by 2027

Feb. 17, 2021 19:47 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New legislation would ban all fracking in California by 2027, taking aim at the powerful oil and gas industry in the state already planning to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. Progressive California has long been a leader in...