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California Bill Would Target Speeders by Installing Cameras Near Schools in Pilot Cities

GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- State and local officials are trying a new approach to reduce the thousands of deaths every year in California linked to unsafe speeds.

A state Assembly member is promoting a proposal to install speed cameras near school zones and other areas prone to speeding in select California cities for a five-year pilot program.

The program would cover Glendale, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose.

California’s AB316 would require a driver in large autonomous vehicles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A bill that would ban the testing of autonomous vehicles over 10,000 pounds cleared the California Assembly May 31 and was sent to the state Senate. The bill was strongly supported by both the Teamsters and the California Labor Federation.

Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Burbank), who chairs the Transportation Committee, explained that leaving the task of supervising testing of autonomous large vehicles to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is not an acceptable option.

California lawmakers act after Taylor Swift ticket fiasco. Ticketmaster tries to shake it off.

Claire Fenn grew up listening to Taylor Swift’s music, so when the artist announced her latest tour, she jumped at the chance to buy tickets.

Like many heartbroken Swift fans, though, Fenn didn’t score tickets. After being placed on the waitlist for Ticketmaster’s presale in November, the 21-year-old embarked on what feels like an “impossible” feat of finding concert tickets she can afford.

In California, pending vet telemed bill invites key debate over Vet-Client-Patient-Relationship definition

A significant piece of legislation for veterinary telemedicine is making its way through the California legislature, with a committee hearing scheduled for July 10. The legislation still needs to pass a Senate vote, and TCR will be covering it, including but not limited to stakeholders, lobbyists, and key policy debates.

According to an ASPCA survey of a representative sample of U.S. pet owners, over the past the two years, about a quarter of respondents said they were unable to access veterinary care, with over 40 percent saying they couldn’t afford it.

Veterinary care regulations that limit telehealth for pets in California are unnecessary

Human health care has long relied on safe and convenient telehealth services to maximize access to medical professionals. During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual care moved from an option to a necessity because it was essential to minimize the spread of disease, and today, telehealth for humans is commonplace. In all 50 states, physicians can use video technology to establish new doctor-patient relationships and diagnose and treat current and new patients, including infants and nonverbal adults.

Why tech and trucks are hitting a wall in California

LONG HAUL: The trucking industry wants California to be like Texas. Or maybe Nebraska.

Or, for that matter, like any of at least five states that have rejected proposals to require a human on board all self-driving trucks — which the tech industry hopes will be rolling down roads in the not-too-distant future.

California, so far, is saying no way. Legislation that would require humans on board easily passed in the Assembly last month and is now coming up in the Senate. Fierce lobbying is underway.

Rat Poison Ban Heads to California Senate

For many a householder or farmer, poison can be the easiest option to get rid of rats and mice, but the effect goes beyond rodent pests. Rat poisons have been found in dead or ailing big cats, predatory birds, and small humans. Recently, the necropsy of P-22, the mountain lion once caught by a trail camera against the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, found exposure to five different anticoagulant rodenticides in his liver. A bill to add one of them — diphacinone — to California’s list of banned poisons is on its way through the State Senate.

Improving the Foster Care System to Protect Our Most Vulnerable

Since first taking Assembly office in 2016, I’ve worked to strengthen the safety net for transition-age foster youth, particularly when it comes to ensuring they have access to safe and supportive housing. I’ve successfully passed bills to provide financial support to cover housing costs for foster youth enrolled in college. I’ve also worked to cut the bureaucratic red tape that limited options for transition-age youth and foster care providers. And I’ve worked to secure additional funding for housing services in the state budget.