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September 29, 2014

Brown also signed legislation reducing the penalty for possession for sale of crack cocaine to eliminate sentencing disparities in California law between crack and powder cocaine.  Senate Bill 1010, by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, erases a distinction advocates called racially charged. Existing law calls for three to five years of incarceration for violators caught intending to sell crack cocaine, but two to four years for powder.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/28/6743629/jerry-brown-signs-affirmative.html

September 28, 2014

Health insurance policies in California will have to cover all federally approved contraceptives for women by 2016 without charging co-payments under legislation signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown, countering trends in other states and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/California-to-expand-contraceptive-coverage-5783383.php

September 26, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law bills requiring most health plans to cover a variety of contraceptive methods, banning forced or coerced sterilizations of inmates in California prisons and giving felons behind bars easier access to DNA tests that could prove their innocence.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-brown-bills-20140926-story.html

September 26, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation today to make sure healthy food and drink options are offered in all vending machines located on state property.  "This legislation ensures that every state employee has access to healthy snacks and beverages in the workplace," said State Senator Holly Mitchell, author of Senate Bill 912 (SB 912).

Source: http://www.turnto23.com/news/govenor-jerry-brown-signs-legislation-requiring-healthy-options-in-state-vending-machines-092514

September 13, 2014

The state agency responsible for overseeing California's foster care system is violating its own rules by failing to promptly investigate complaints of children being mistreated or living in poorly maintained homes, according to records obtained by The Times.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/countygovernment/la-me-inspection-backlog-20140913-story.html

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