A bill making its way through the Legislature would prevent defendants from using a so-called “gay panic” defense to escape murder charges.
The state Assembly will hold its first committee hearing Tuesday on AB2140 by Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, that is pitting animal welfare activists against a staple of San Diego’s tourism industry.
So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday’s arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco.
Major issues facing the Legislature, including a water bond and reshaping the state’s rainy day fund, can be addressed this year despite the loss of Democrats’ supermajority.
A $687 million drought relief plan is headed for floor votes in the Legislature after winning quick approval Wednesday in legislative committees.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday delivered dual messages in his annual address to the Legislature.
Less than a week after West Hollywood became the nation’s first city to ban the sale of fur, a retailer has filed suit to have the new law overturned.
A debate over granting illegal immigrants driver’s licenses continues to chug along after the California Legislature passed a bill on it Thursday night.
After decades of debate and discussion, the Calif. Legislature approved a bill that will allow undocumented workers to obtain driver’s licenses.
The Legislature on Thursday passed a bill intended to speed and streamline the process for dismissing teachers accused of misconduct, despite the opinion of some that the measure should be improved, possibly next year.
Immigrants who are in the country illegally would be able to get California driver’s licenses under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate, but it was not immediately certain whether it would be sent to the governor this year.
The Legislature approved a compromise plan Wednesday to deal with California’s prison crowding crisis by passing a bill asking federal judges to extend a deadline for releasing thousands of inmates.
A bill that appears headed to the governor would require gun owners to lock up their weapons if they live with a convicted felon or anyone else who is prohibited from owning a firearm.
California lawmakers will get a pay raise of nearly $5,000 this year while the governor will see an increase of nearly $9,000 after a citizens’ panel voted Wednesday to restore some of the cuts it made during the recession.
Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders moved close to a state budget deal Monday that is expected to revamp education funding and begin restoring some of the social services cut during the recession.