Latest California State Legislature News

Social media addiction bill fails in California Legislature

Aug. 11, 2022 20:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday rejected a proposal that could have forced some popular social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok to pay fines for using features they know can harm children. The bill would have let the state attorney general or...

California county's secession measure will be on 2022 ballot

Aug. 04, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Voters in Southern California's San Bernardino County will have the chance to decide in November whether they want the county to potentially secede from the state. The county's Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 on Wednesday to put the secession measure on...

New California gun control law mimics Texas abortion measure

Jul. 22, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California punched back Friday against two recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions as Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a controversial, first-in-the-nation gun control law patterned after a Texas anti-abortion law and urged other states to follow suit. He...

California social media addiction bill drops parent lawsuits

Jul. 14, 2022 20:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A first-of-its-kind proposal in the California Legislature aimed at holding social media companies responsible for harming children who have become addicted to their products would no longer let parents sue popular platforms like Instagram and TikTok. The...

California blocks gun sales to those at risk of breaking law

Jul. 12, 2022 15:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gun makers and dealers in California will be required to block firearms sales to anyone they have “reasonable cause to believe is at substantial risk” of using a gun illegally or of harming themselves or others, under a new law that Gov. Gavin Newsom announced...

Governors offer Democrats aggressive reply on guns, abortion

Jul. 08, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hours after a gunman killed seven people at a July 4th parade in suburban Chicago, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tapped into the frustration of many fellow Democrats at the seeming inability of the U.S. to curb gun violence. “If you’re angry today, I’m here to...

California will end arrests for loitering for prostitution

Jul. 01, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a new state law that will stop police from arresting people for loitering for prostitution, an issue that divided sex workers and advocates during a rare nine-month delay since state lawmakers passed the bill last year. ...

California adds laws targeting ghost guns, sales to minors

Jul. 01, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California, which already has some of the nation's toughest gun laws, has added new restrictions on untraceable “ghost guns” and on marketing firearms to minors, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. "As the Supreme Court rolls back important gun safety...

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...