Latest California State Legislature News

Lead paint suppliers settle California lawsuit for $305M

Jul. 17, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's former major suppliers of lead paint have agreed to pay California's largest cities and counties $305 million to settle a nearly 20-year-old lawsuit, attorneys said Wednesday. The settlement comes after years of legal and legislative battling in California and other...

California lawmakers consider new rules for political ads

Jul. 13, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Elections come and go, but the season for political advertising sometimes seems to never end. Facebook users in California, for example, may have noticed ads in recent months showing a woman with duct tape over her mouth and text that warns: "Legislators are leaving sexual assault...

California backs effort to boost utilities during wildfires

Jul. 11, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a multibillion-dollar plan Thursday to shore up the state's biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for damage from past blazes caused by their equipment. It requires major utilities to spend at least $5 billion...

California Democrats turn up pressure on gig economy

Jul. 10, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The battle between California lawmakers and ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft heated up Wednesday as Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon offered harsh words laced with expletives for businesses in the gig economy. "They use a lot of really cute words basically to describe...

California lawmakers approve police shootings restrictions

Jul. 8, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a measure setting new standards for when police can open fire. It would allow police to use deadly force only when it is necessary to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious injury to officers or bystanders. Amendments...

Judge refuses to toss California lawmaker's corruption case

Jul. 8, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge Monday refused to dismiss federal corruption charges against U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter or move the trial out of San Diego, saying he found no evidence so far that the California Republican lawmaker cannot get a fair trial here. U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan in ruling from the...

The Latest: San Francisco parade halted by protest of police

Jul. 1, 2019 3:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on parades and marches throughout the country celebrating Pride (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The San Francisco parade was stopped for nearly an hour when demonstrators linked arms in the street to protest police presence at the march. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 28, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: High school yearbook photos prove Democratic presidential candidate...

Correction: College Athlete Sponsorships story

Jun. 26, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story June 25 about endorsement deals for college athletes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nancy Skinner is a state assemblywoman. Skinner is a state senator. A corrected version of the story is below: California rethinks endorsement deals for college athletes...

California Legislature OKs health insurance mandate

Jun. 24, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature voted Monday to tax people who refuse to buy health insurance, bringing back a key part of former President Barack Obama's health care law in the country's most populous state after it was eliminated by Republicans in Congress. The tax now heads to...