- Judge to decide if ex-California lawmaker's trial proceeds Updated: Aug-02-15 4:37 pm
LOS ANGELES - California Sen. Ron Calderon strolled into the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas two years ago primed for another weekend of fun. In a 10th floor room, overlooking the hotel's iconic dancing fountains, his plans folded.
- Planned US ivory rules not fazing California Chinatown shops Updated: Jul-28-15 2:41 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants.
- California state senators heading to Mexico on 4-day trip Updated: Jul-24-15 7:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Democratic members of the California state Senate are heading to Mexico for a four-day trip to improve government relations.
- Bus-safety mandates introduced after deadly California crash Updated: Jul-17-15 9:20 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A California state lawmaker proposed sweeping bus-safety reforms Friday that were recommended by federal officials who investigated a fiery bus crash that killed five high school students on a tour last year.
- California tobacco bills reintroduced for special session Updated: Jul-16-15 9:15 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Democratic lawmakers in California reintroduced a package of tobacco regulation bills on Thursday after the same proposals stalled in the Legislature earlier this month.
- California bill ends grand jury hearings for police killings Updated: Jul-16-15 1:47 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The California Assembly has narrowly advanced legislation to end the use of secret grand jury proceedings to investigate police shootings.
- California Assembly OKs warnings for Airbnb-type rentals Updated: Jul-16-15 1:12 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Legislation advancing in California would require short-term rental housing websites including Airbnb to warn users they may be violating their leases.
- Lawmakers shelve bill to change voter-approved crime measure Updated: Jul-15-15 9:03 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California lawmakers are shelving a bill intended to change a voter-approved initiative that reduced criminal penalties for some non-violent offenders.
- California Senate candidate Sanchez trails rival on funds Updated: Jul-15-15 8:41 pm
LOS ANGELES - California Rep. Loretta Sanchez raised $618,000 in her first six weeks as a U.S. Senate candidate, according to figures released Wednesday, well short of the pace she will need to keep up with fundraising by her chief rival, Attorney General Kamala Harris.
- New California law recognizes cheerleaders as employees Updated: Jul-15-15 6:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation recognizing California's professional cheerleaders as employees who are entitled to minimum wage and overtime.
- California farmers market vendors may offer beer tasting Updated: Jul-15-15 4:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Let the suds flow at California's farmers markets.
- Brown approves legislation preventing fines for brown lawns Updated: Jul-13-15 9:05 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to protect California residents who let their lawns go brown during the drought.
- Lawmakers send grocery worker protection bill to governor Updated: Jul-13-15 8:23 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - State lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill Monday to protect grocery workers in California from being fired for 90 days after a store changes ownership.
- Bill seeks disclosure of construction settlements Updated: Jul-13-15 7:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Construction companies will have to disclose building defects such as those that could have contributed to a deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley under a state legislative proposal that will be heard for the first time Tuesday.
- Democratic Senate hopefuls react cautiously to pier shooting Updated: Jul-09-15 7:13 pm
WASHINGTON - California's U.S. senators are reacting to the shooting death of a San Francisco woman at a popular sightseeing pier by saying something is broken with an immigration system that allowed the shooting suspect to be free despite an extensive criminal history and five deportations.
- California bill would protect people who record police Updated: Jul-09-15 1:28 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California's Assembly is advancing legislation meant to protect residents from retribution for recording police.
- California lawmaker drops bill to regulate e-cigarettes Updated: Jul-08-15 9:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A California lawmaker was forced to forsake his own tobacco bill Wednesday after a legislative panel gutted its key provision calling for electronic cigarettes to be regulated as a tobacco product.
- Catholic Church gets win in liberal California Legislature Updated: Jul-08-15 8:11 pm
LOS ANGELES - The Catholic Church, often out of step with California's liberal Legislature, notched a prominent win at the statehouse this week after aligning with advocates for the disabled and medical groups to defeat a proposal to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.
- California bill bars naming public places after Confederates Updated: Jul-08-15 3:02 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A bill banning the naming of schools and roads after notable Confederates has been introduced to the California Legislature.
- Bill to allow motorcycle lane-splitting stalls in California Updated: Jul-06-15 9:11 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Legislation to make California the first state to explicitly allow motorcycles to weave between vehicles in slow-moving traffic has stalled in the state Legislature.
- California law backs organ transplants for medical pot users Updated: Jul-06-15 4:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will prevent doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users just because of their pot use.