Latest California State Legislature News

PG&E boss says it wasn’t fully ready for California outages

Nov. 18, 2019 10:39 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. told angry California lawmakers Monday that the nation’s largest electric utility wasn’t fully prepared for the effects of its unprecedented outages last month even as it plans to shut off power to more than half a million...

The Latest: CEO says PG&E got complacent about power outages

Nov. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on state legislative hearing into power outages by Pacific Gas & Electric (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has told a California legislative committee that the utility became complacent about power shutdowns after...

Interior proposes coveted deal to ex-client of agency head

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural California water district that had long employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lobbyist. Conservation groups are demanding fuller disclosure of financial terms and...

Republican wins, joins spouse as California lawmaker

Nov. 6, 2019 8:04 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California Republican is set to join her husband in the state Legislature, with her Democratic opponent in Tuesday's special election conceding but promising a rematch next year. Megan Dahle had 58% of Tuesday's special election vote to 42% for Democrat Elizabeth...

Michigan bills would let college athletes earn money

Nov. 6, 2019 3:57 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is the latest state to consider letting college athletes be paid following the introduction of bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would allow them to cash in on the use of their name, image and likeness. The bills, which are modeled after a new California law but would...

State senator's wife ahead in California election

Nov. 6, 2019 12:25 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican attempting to join her husband in California's Legislature jumped out to a strong early lead Tuesday night in a special election to fill a vacant Assembly seat in a sprawling district in the northeastern section of the state. Republican Megan Dahle was ahead of...

The Latest: State senator's wife ahead in California vote

Nov. 6, 2019 12:22 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California Assembly race (all times local): 9:15 p.m. A Republican trying to join her husband in California's Legislature has jumped out to a strong early lead in Tuesday's special election. Returns shortly after polls closed show Megan Dahle leading Democrat...

Bill would allow Wisconsin college athletes to be paid

Oct. 30, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are preparing a bill that would allow college athletes to hire agents and profit from their names starting in 2023. The bill is similar to California's Fair Pay to Play Act signed into law last month. The Wisconsin proposal would make it illegal for state...

Trump appoints California state senator to federal post

Oct. 30, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker in California says he will resign to accept a job with the U.S. Department of Labor. Sen. Jeff Stone announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump has appointed him to be the department's western regional director. He will resign from the state Senate...

Sentencing delayed for wife of indicted California lawmaker

Oct. 29, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego judge has agreed to not sentence the wife of Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter until after her husband's Jan. 22 corruption trial, where she is expected to testify against him. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas J. Whelan in court documents filed Tuesday moved the date for...