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LA Times: California assemblyman wants state to make cleaner purchases

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.”

Bail Reform Editorial: “Every taxpayer should find this outrageous”

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…

Surprise Bills for Many Under Health Law

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.