Latest California State Legislature News

Wage theft hits immigrants — hard

Oct. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

Audelia Molina, a Mexican immigrant, was earning 10 cents for every garment she trimmed at a factory in Los Angeles, America’s clothing-assembly capital. Her wage was so meager that she started putting in 11-hour days to drive up production. When she asked for a raise, a supervisor denied...

EXPLAINER: Why home protection is important in wildfires

Sep. 30, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires have destroyed nearly 50,000 homes in California alone in the last five years, and scientists say global warming is only making things worse. While much attention is focused on managing overgrown forests, fire managers say it’s...

Here's what the California Legislature did this year

Sep. 11, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers finished their work for the 2021 legislative session Friday night, just four days before voting concludes in a statewide recall election targeting Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Whatever the outcome of the recall election,...

California may end arrests for loitering for prostitution

Sep. 10, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police in California would no longer be able to arrest anyone for loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution under a bill approved by state lawmakers on Friday amid debate over whether the move would help or harm sex trafficking victims. ...

California moves to extend, streamline assisted death law

Sep. 10, 2021 23:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers moved Friday to extend and streamline an assisted death law, reducing the time until terminal patients can acquire the fatal drugs. The current minimum 15-day waiting period required between the time patients make separate...

California may impose toughest rules on recycling labels

Sep. 10, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have approved what advocacy groups say are the nation's strongest protections against falsely labeling items as recyclable when they in fact are destined for landfills. The measure sent late Thursday to Democratic Gov....

California moves to return beach seized from Black couple

Sep. 09, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers unanimously moved Thursday to allow the return of prime beachfront property to descendants of a Black couple who were stripped of their resort for African Americans amid racist harassment a century ago. What was known as...

California OKs new spending on drought, wildfire prevention

Sep. 09, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday voted to spend more than $2 billion to prevent wildfires and address a severe drought, closing the book — for now — on a $262.5 billion operating budget that began the year with a record deficit because of the pandemic and ended...

California lawmakers shelve vaccine bills -- for now

Sep. 08, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's progressive state Legislature has shelved bills aimed at requiring workers to either be vaccinated or get weekly coronavirus testing to keep their jobs, punting on a debate about vaccine mandates just days before the state's Democratic governor faces a...

Bill to weed out bad cops heads to California governor

Sep. 08, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Wednesday sent Gov. Gavin Newsom legislation to end the careers of bad law enforcement officers, a year after an earlier effort died without a final vote. The measure aims to keep troubled officers from jumping from one...