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CA Legislature Passes Speed Camera Bill

Now it's up to Governor Newsom to sign it

After an arduous and digressive journey, Assemblymember Laura Friedman's bill to allow a few cities to test whether cameras can help curb dangerous speeding passed out of the legislature.

California is moving to outlaw watering some grass that’s purely decorative

Outdoor watering accounts for roughly half of total water use in Southern California’s cities and suburbs, and a large portion of that water is sprayed from sprinklers to keep grass green.

Under a bill passed by state legislators this week, California will soon outlaw using drinking water for some of those vast expanses of grass — the purely decorative patches of green that are mowed but never walked on or used for recreation.

California lawmakers move to ban irrigation of some decorative lawns

California businesses and institutions will have to stop irrigating decorative grassy areas with drinkable water under legislation approved by state lawmakers.

The bill now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his signature. Newsom’s office declined to comment today, but he previously called for an irrigation ban that led to a similar emergency measure that’s in effect until next June. 

Guns, water, bathrooms, schoolbooks, weed cafes, magic mushroom bills head to Gov. Newsom’s desk

Legislature wraps up Thursday; governor has until Oct. 14 to sign bills

Lawmakers wrapping up the legislative session this week have sent dozens of bills to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk seeking his signature, covering weighty topics — guns, drugs, education, environment, discrimination, crime and punishment — and some far out stuff too, from marijuana cafes to magic mushrooms.

California lawmakers pass speed camera bill

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – It’s now up to Governor Gavin Newsom if three Bay Area cities will get speed safety cameras. Lawmakers passed a bill on the cameras Wednesday and sent it off to Newsom’s desk.

The proposed cameras are aimed to make streets safer for drivers and pedestrians...

California makes major veterinary telemedicine policy shift

Lobbyist predicts that other states will follow, making 2024 'a busy year'

California lawmakers passed a bill on Monday allowing the formation of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) through remote methods. If Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn't veto the initiative, it could herald a paradigm shift for veterinary telemedicine in the nation's most populous state and beyond, reflecting a trend that is already unfolding.

In May, Arizona adopted a similar measure. 

The Legislature’s top climate power broker

Coming off what’s shaping up to be a slightly more active session on climate policy than expected, we want to know who you think deserves the most credit.

Our list is heavy on legislative veterans with established track records. 

California Legislature sends bill to Gov. Newsom that would ban cosmetics with chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Wednesday, California’s legislature passed a bill banning the sale of cosmetic products that contain 26 toxic chemicals known to affect human health. The bill advances to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign it into law.

Driven by the unwavering commitment of the legislation’s author, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Burbank), Assembly Bill 496 would ban hazardous substances like some borate compounds, lily aldehyde, cyclotetrasiloxane, trichloroacetic acid, styrene and certain colors.

California lawmakers vote to give striking workers unemployment benefits despite low funds

Striking workers in California are one step closer to receiving state-funded financial help after a key vote Monday afternoon. The California Assembly voted 53-14 to give employees on strike access to state unemployment insurance benefits. The measure still needs the approval of the Senate labor committee, and then it must pass the Senate floor on a concurrence vote before it goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

“Let’s not take our concerns about EDD, about our funds, out on people who need the help right now,” said Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale).