In the News

August 30, 2014

In the waning hours of their session, California lawmakers passed a measure to provide workers with three paid sick days a year, capping tense negotiations that splintered supporters.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/30/6666099/california-legislature-passes.html

August 30, 2014

A measure to grant California workers mandatory sick leave that passed the state legislature early on Saturday appeared poised to become law after Governor Jerry Brown lauded it as a historic achievement.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/30/us-usa-sickleave-california-idUSKBN0GU0Q520140830

August 26, 2014

While Mike Brown, the teenager killed by police in a St. Louis suburb earlier this month, was buried on Monday, California lawmakers gathered here to call attention to what they called the targeting of young black men by law enforcement.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-black-lawmakers-20140825-story.html

August 26, 2014

As legislators around the country try to figure out what the recent Hobby Lobby decision means for their constituents’ birth control access, as well as continue to find ways to make it harder to get an abortion, lawmakers in California are taking the opposite approach. The Golden State has recently taken several steps toward strengthening insurance coverage for reproductive health services.

Source: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/08/25/3475468/california-coverage-abortion-birth-control/

August 26, 2014

Some of the state's most influential lawmakers on Monday called on California's foster care system to stop the reckless prescribing of psychiatric medications to troubled children, demanding the state quit spending tens of millions of tax dollars on such risky therapies.

Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_26404894/lawmakers-call-end-reckless-prescribing-psych-meds-california

August 24, 2014

In response to a series of scandals involving mistreatment of children under state supervision, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law new rules giving county social workers access to the criminal histories of foster parents and employees at foster care contractors before abused and neglected children are placed in their care.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/countygovernment/la-me-foster-criminal-20140824-story.html

August 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO — On the outskirts of Los Angeles, the Baldwin Hills Conservancy is a haven of hiking trails, sports fields and a lookout point with panoramic views of downtown to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Source: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/08/23/4084846_water-bond-will-fund-conservancies.html?rh=1

August 22, 2014

The state Senate gave final legislative approval Thursday to a bill that would reduce the penalties for the sale of crack cocaine to the same levels for powdered cocaine, addressing concern that the sentencing disparity harms minority communities.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-lawmakers-seek-to-reduce-crack-cocaine-sentences-to-those-of-powder-20140821-story.html

August 22, 2014

In response to a series of scandals involving mistreatment of children under state supervision, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law new rules giving county social workers access to the criminal histories of foster parents and employees at foster care contractors before abused and neglected children are placed in their care.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-la-foster-parents-criminal-pasts-20140821-story.html

August 15, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA — Facing its final Assembly hearing, the California Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010) authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) won approval today.

Source: http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2014/08/california-fair-sentencing-act-addresses-racial-disparities-crack-and-powder-cocaine-se