Latest California state government News

Angry Newsom criticizes Texas governor, US judges on guns

May. 25, 2022 21:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday harshly criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in the wake of an elementary school shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead and assailed two federal judges as “extremists" for their rulings undermining California's gun...

California moves toward allowing lawsuits over illegal guns

May. 24, 2022 21:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours after a deadly elementary school shooting in Texas, California senators on Tuesday approved giving people the power to sue those who traffic in illegal firearms, mimicking a Texas law that is intended to deter abortions. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom...

California cuts grass watering down as drought dries West

May. 24, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Grass in office parks, on college campuses or in some California neighborhoods will go brown this summer after state water officials adopted a ban Tuesday on watering certain green spaces as the state's drought drags on. The ban adopted by the State Water...

California parents could soon sue for social media addiction

May. 23, 2022 21:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could soon hold social media companies responsible for harming children who have become addicted to their products, permitting parents to sue platforms like Instagram and TikTok for up to $25,000 per violation under a bill that passed the state Assembly on...

California aims to shield against Texas-style abortion laws

May. 23, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Monday voted to stop courts in Texas and other states from penalizing abortion providers and volunteers in California, part of Democrats' plan to make the state a sanctuary for women seeking reproductive care should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe...

Californians could see mandatory water cuts amid drought

May. 23, 2022 20:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom threatened Monday to impose mandatory water restrictions if residents don't use less on their own as a drought drags on and the hotter summer months approach. Newsom raised that possibility in a meeting with representatives...

Californian governor: Drought is deepening, residents must conserve more or state may enact mandatory water restrictions

May. 23, 2022 15:04 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californian governor: Drought is deepening, residents must conserve more or state may enact mandatory water restrictions.

California adds new jobs as economy shows signs of slowing

May. 20, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California employers added 41,400 new jobs in April, dropping the state's unemployment rate to the lowest its been since the start of the pandemic following 14 consecutive months of growth. The nation's most populous state has now regained more than 91% of...

Proposal for state-run pot industry fails again in House

May. 19, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Legislation to establish a state-run marijuana industry in Delaware has again failed to clear the state House. The Democrat-controlled chamber voted 23-15 on Thursday to approve the bill, which fell two votes short of the required supermajority. The proposal...

New rules about guns on movie sets fail in California

May. 19, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New rules about how and when actors can use guns while filming failed to pass the California Legislature on Thursday just months after a gun actor Alec Baldwin was holding went off and killed a cinematographer on a movie set in New Mexico. Democrats in the...