Latest California State Legislature News

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors display banners in support of the bill during a rally at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California newspaper companies would have two more years to comply with a state law requiring them to treat newspaper delivery people like employees rather than contractors, under a bill that took its first step in the Legislature on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California could give newspapers a 2-year labor law reprieve

Aug. 11, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California newspaper companies would have two more years to comply with a state law requiring them to treat newspaper delivery people like employees instead of contractors, under a bill that took its first step in the Legislature on Tuesday. The same bill would require state...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, a police officer prepares to fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles. California lawmakers are pushing to enact nearly a dozen policing reform laws driven by nationwide outrage and protests after  Floyd's death in May.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

California eyes 11 police reforms after George Floyd's death

Aug. 10, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are pushing to enact nearly a dozen policing reform laws driven by nationwide outrage and protests after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May. Lawmakers have until Aug. 31 to approve and send legislation to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The bills...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo, a woman runs on a path by a polling place during primary elections in San Diego. .On Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, the California Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk that would let counties offer fewer in-person polling places if they keep them open at least four days. County election officials say they are having trouble securing enough polling places because of the pandemic. Senate bill 423 would let counties consolidate some polling places. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

California sets in-person voting rules amid coronavirus

Aug. 6, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Worried about the unpredictable coronavirus wreaking havoc on the November election, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a law to let counties offer fewer in-person polling places in exchange for opening the sites earlier. The change follows another law Newsom signed...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, lawmakers wear face masks during a budget committee hearing in the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers are considering requiring employers to notify workers and public health officials about positive COVID-19 cases in the workplace. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and assessed a fine of up to $10,000. Supporters say the bill is necessary to protect workers. But business groups say the bill is so vague it will be impossible to comply with. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California considers worker notification for virus exposure

Aug. 5, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the coronavirus spreading faster than public health officials can track it, California could become one of the first states to mandate that businesses notify workers and state officials any time an employee has been exposed to the disease. A bill moving through the state's...

FILE - Members of the state Assembly listen to an address by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. On Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, the California Assembly voted 48-10 to approve a new rule allowing lawmakers at high risk for the coronavirus to vote on bills without being present in the chamber. The vote comes despite an opinion from the Legislative Counsel Bureau saying it likely violates the state Constitution. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California to let absent lawmakers vote during pandemic

Aug. 3, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly changed its rules on Monday to let lawmakers at high risk for the coronavirus vote on bills without being present in the chamber, defying advice from the Legislature's own lawyers who say the new rule is likely illegal. It's the first time in the state...

California lawmakers were globetrotters before pandemic

Aug. 3, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — It was a different era for California lawmakers before the coronavirus pandemic: business-class flights to Japan, stays at 5-star hotels and dinners with local politicians in the name of promoting economic ties. In February, the Japanese government paid to host six California...

FILE - In this May 15, 2020, file photo, cars line up at a food distribution center in Compton, Calif. California lawmakers had harsh words Thursday, July 30, 2020, for the state agency that pays out unemployment, accusing its leaders of failing Californians who are waiting weeks or even months to receive their benefits. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California lawmakers slam employment agency for slow payouts

Jul. 30, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers accused the leader of the state's unemployment department of failing the public in a tense hearing Thursday that featured stories of people waiting weeks or months to receive their benefits after losing their jobs because of the pandemic. More than 1.2 million...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, addresses the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, are considering several bills spurred by the coronavirus, including one designed to aid food sector employees and another to stockpile personal protective equipment so the state isn't caught short again. The bill by Sen. Portantino would expand paid sick leave for food sector workers, including farm workers, so that people who are sick don't come to work. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California lawmakers advance 3 bills spurred by coronavirus

Jul. 29, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Wednesday advanced several bills spurred by the coronavirus, including one designed to aid food sector employees and another to stockpile personal protective equipment so the state isn't caught short again. The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee...

FILE - In this  July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

GOP's jobless benefit plan could mean delays, states warn

Jul. 28, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states. Older computer systems that took weeks to set up for the initial federal unemployment enhancement would need to be...

FILE - Then-Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, speaks at a hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.,  June 14, 2011. She is now California Treasurer. Democrats who control California's state Legislature on Monday, July 27, 2020, proposed a $100 billion economic stimulus plan that relies on what they are calling

California lawmakers propose $100 billion stimulus plan

Jul. 27, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats who control California's Legislature on Monday proposed a $100 billion economic stimulus plan that relies on what they are calling “future tax vouchers” along with speeding up other spending during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan would allow state...