Alex Padilla

Thousands Of California Convicts To Regain Voting RightsCalifornia restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections.
Proponents Cleared To Gather Signatures For $2 Cigarette Tax IncreaseProponents of a $2 cigarette tax increase have been cleared to begin gathering signatures to take the question to California voters in 2016.
Padilla Elected As California Secretary Of StateWith substantial advantages in fundraising and party support, Democrat Alex Padilla on Wednesday became California's next secretary of state, beating first-time Republican candidate Pete Peterson for the job overseeing state elections.
Law Requires Breaks For Workers During Hot WeatherUnder the legislation from Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, workers exposed to extreme heat must be granted cool-down periods during the work day.
Law Extends California Funding For Pediatric Trauma Centers Funding for pediatric trauma centers throughout California will be extended after a Los Angeles legislator's bill was signed into law Tuesday.
Fight Looms Over San Onofre Shutdown CostsLawmakers in Sacramento are deciding who will pay for the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power station in San Clemente.
State Senate Rejects Effort To Ban Plastic Bags State senators rejected a bill Thursday that would have phased out the use of single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug and convenience stores.
State Lawmakers Debate New Measures To Keep Unmanned Drone Program In Check By the end of the decade, the FAA estimates there will be as many as 10,000 unmanned drones flying over the United States.
Pacoima Lawmaker Pushes For Statewide Ban On Plastic BagsAn increasing number of retailers in Southern California no longer provide plastic bags for customers - and now one local lawmaker wants the ban to go statewide.
State Agencies Weigh In On Proposed Two-Way 911 System Emerging technology could soon change the way the government communicates with the public during an emergency.
SoCal Lawmaker Calls For Early Quake Warning SystemA San Fernando Valley lawmaker Monday announced plans to create a statewide earthquake warning system in California.
Gov. Brown Signs Phone Bill Curbing Oversight On Calls Made Over The Net Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he had signed a bill curbing regulatory oversight of phone calls made over the internet.