Latest California State Legislature News

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric crews work on restoring power lines in a fire ravaged neighborhood in the aftermath of a wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif. A state lawmaker is demanding an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether regulators' lax oversight enabled the neglectful behavior at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating blackouts. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California lawmaker demands probe of PG&E's chief regulator

Jan. 15, 2020 8:58 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A state lawmaker on Wednesday demanded an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether regulators’ lax oversight enabled neglect at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating...

FILE - In this July 5, 2016, file photo, cans and plastic bottles brought in for recycling are seen at a recycling center in Sacramento, Calif. A consumer group is calling for improvements Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in California's bottles and cans recycling program as state lawmakers prepare to consider changes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California may require beverage makers to handle recycling

Jan. 14, 2020 10:28 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — California lawmakers are considering upending the state’s struggling bottle and can recycling program by requiring beverage distributors to create a new system to take back their own containers, similar to one that has been successful in neighboring Oregon. A state Senate...

Anti-vaccine activist Rebecca Dalelio, right, stands next to her attorney, Chet Templeton, as she is arraigned at the Sacramento Superior Courthouse on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. Dalelio, accused of throwing menstrual blood at legislators, was ordered by a judge to stay away from the state Capitol while awaiting trial. She did not enter a plea Monday and will return to Sacramento County Superior Court next month to face charges of vandalism and assault on public officials, The Sacramento Bee reported. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

Suspect in blood throwing banned from California Capitol

Jan. 13, 2020 8:15 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California woman accused of throwing menstrual blood at legislators was ordered by a judge to stay away from the state Capitol while awaiting trial. Rebecca Dalelio, 43, did not enter a plea Monday and will return to Sacramento County Superior Court next month to face charges...

California rejects unique intersex surgery ban for some kids

Jan. 13, 2020 7:59 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have rejected what would have been a first-of-its-kind ban on medically unnecessary treatment for infants born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia. The measure would have banned all procedures on intersex children 6 and under unless the Medical Board of...

FILE - This Sept. 13, 2019, file booking photo provided by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office shows Rebecca Dalelio, who was arrested and jailed in the County Main Jail in Sacramento, Calif. Dalelio, who opposes mandatory childhood vaccinations, has been charged with two felonies for allegedly flinging a cup of menstrual blood at state senators last year. The Sacramento County district attorney's office on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, filed charges of assault on a public official and vandalism against Dalelio of Santa Cruz County.   (Sacramento County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Woman charged after allegedly throwing blood at senators

Jan. 10, 2020 4:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area woman who opposes mandatory childhood vaccinations has been charged with two felonies over allegedly flinging a cup of menstrual blood at state senators last year. The Sacramento County district attorney's office filed charges of assault on a public...

California bill targets tax breaks for wealthy homeowners

Jan. 9, 2020 7:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would raise taxes on some homeowners and use the money to pay for homeless services under a bill proposed Thursday by a state lawmaker. Assemblyman David Chiu, a Democrat from San Francisco, wants to eliminate the mortgage interest deduction on vacation homes. His bill...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, smoke from a wildfire known as the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. California's preemptive power shutoffs to prevent wildfires have affected more than just lights. Some lost their phones, too. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California lawmakers eye back-up power for cellphone towers

Jan. 8, 2020 7:38 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the nation's largest electric utility preemptively shut off power last fall to prevent wildfires in California, customers lost more than just their lights — some lost their phones, too. Data from the Federal Communications Commission shows 874 cellphone towers were...

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, left, talks with Misty Cross, second from left, Tolani King, center, Sharena Thomas, second from right, and Dominique Walker, all from the group Moms 4 Housing, at a rally outside of City Hall in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Some California lawmakers said they support a group of homeless women who have been illegally living in a vacant three-bedroom house since November, partly to protest real estate speculators who drive up housing costs in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Homeless women who took over California home gain support

Jan. 7, 2020 9:57 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Some California lawmakers said they support a group of homeless women who have been illegally living in a vacant three-bedroom house since November, partly to protest real estate speculators who drive up housing costs in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area. Moms 4 Housing, a collective...

California bill aims to boost safety after racehorse deaths

Jan. 7, 2020 7:49 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker introduced legislation Tuesday that could require more safeguards for racehorses after dozens died in recent years at a Southern California track. Democratic Sen. Bill Dodd of Napa said his bill is expected to include reforms recommended by the California...

Nikia Durgin, who raps under the name Qing Qi, yells at a rally outside of City Hall in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. California Sen. Scott Wiener announced amendments to a closely-watched bill that would allow more housing to be built near public transportation. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

California measure pushing for more housing faces hurdles

Jan. 7, 2020 4:55 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Facing a shortage of 3.5 million houses, some California lawmakers want developers to build more apartments and other housing closer to public transportation — even if it means overriding local zoning laws. The legislation is aimed at attacking a housing crisis in...