Latest California State Legislature News

Lawmakers adjourn in heat wave, leave governor in hot seat

Sep. 03, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers adjourned this year's legislative session at the onset of a protracted triple-digit heat wave that fed some of their final debates over climate change and keeping the lights on by propping up an aging nuclear reactor. They left...

California gun bill fails on tactical error in Legislature

Sep. 01, 2022 21:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gun-control advocates could have had another victory in their very successful California legislative session that ended Thursday if not for a risky move supported by Gov. Gavin Newsom that backfired on a bill to impose new limits on carrying concealed weapons after the...

California Democrats cap legislative year with climate wins

Sep. 01, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tougher clean energy goals, a ban on new oil and gas wells near homes and schools, and establishing guidelines for capturing carbon and storing it underground are among the climate proposals California Democrats advanced in the final days of the legislative session. ...

After fall of Roe, California expands abortion protections

Sep. 01, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature wrapped up its work on Wednesday after approving more than a dozen bills to make it easier for people to get an abortion, a show of force that was the result of more than a year of careful planning meant to stake the state's claim as a...

California lawmakers fail to replace concealed gun limits struck down by U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Sep. 01, 2022 04:40 AM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers fail to replace concealed gun limits struck down by U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

California lawmakers reject new firearms tax for 2nd year

Sep. 01, 2022 03:16 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers for the second year rejected a new tax on gun sales Wednesday, despite their passage of numerous other gun control measures this year. The money would go toward gun violence prevention, but the bill was seven votes short of the...

California lawmakers OK bill to hide public worker addresses

Aug. 31, 2022 22:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Wednesday voted to let government workers hide their home addresses from public records if they fear for their safety, a response to the country's continuously polarizing politics and pandemic policies that have fueled an increase in violent...

California bill to make vasectomies cheaper goes to governor

Aug. 31, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Months after making abortions cheaper for women, California lawmakers have now voted to make vasectomies cheaper for men. The bill passed Wednesday and now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom. If he signs it, California would become the eighth state to do this for...

California lawmakers OK bills aimed at social media content

Aug. 30, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Tuesday sent Gov. Gavin Newsom two groundbreaking bills intended to limit the downside of social media, as they faulted Congress for failing to act on the problem. A first-of-its kind measure would require social media companies to...

California lawmakers approve landmark fast food workers bill

Aug. 29, 2022 22:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday approved a nation-leading measure that would give more than a half-million fast food workers more power and protections, over the objections of restaurant owners who warn it would drive up consumers' costs. The bill will...