SACRAMENTO -- Many California lawmakers are not threatened by the president's threats to defund the state over sanctuary cities. Some are moving forward with a bill to make all of California a "sanctuary state."
A California lawmaker wants state officials to consider greenhouse gas emissions when making new purchases, a proposal that would add a new wrinkle to the bidding process for government contracts.
Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) said the legislation (AB 262) would "harness the state’s enormous buying power to support clean manufacturing.”
The San Diego Union Tribune
…State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, are working together to reform state laws that disrupt lives for no good reason. When poor people can’t make bail, they can lose jobs, their time in class and their ability to support and be with loved ones. The toll this takes in California and elsewhere is immense…
“You’re locked up solely because you don’t have enough money to arrange bail. But some wealthy guy — booked on a more serious charge than you — waltzes out onto the street the next day after writing a check and posting bail.” (LA Times)
Now that California voters have approved a ballot measure allowing all adults to use the drug, cannabis businesses want more authority to brand their products. (CALmatters.org)
State assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) helped introduce a bill that would make California a so-called sanctuary state. On Sunday, he discussed the issue with Phil Matier.
Putting up money for bail in order to get out of jail before a court date is a longstanding practice, but it?s come under a lot of fire recently. Critics say it?s unfair because the rich get out while the poor stay locked up. Today, two California lawmakers are set to introduce legislation meant to overhaul the cash bail system.
California lawmakers next year will make it a top priority to reform the system through which judges award criminal offenders bail, saying courts across the state are punishing “the poor for being poor.”
A special district charged with administering public health care services in Hayward and San Leandro can add another voice to a growing number of critics calling for it to change its ways or dissolve.
Out-of-network charges often aren’t flagged before treatment, consumers say; states tightening laws
Many consumers with health coverage through the Affordable Care Act are facing unexpected medical bills that in some cases greatly exceed the law’s caps on out-of-pocket expenses.
The law’s limits don’t apply to charges from out-of-network providers, and many insurance plans sold on ACA exchanges have limited networks—amplifying the risk of surprise bills.