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Warrantless drone ban hovers over Brown’s desk

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September 15, 2014 By James Poulos. With a stroke of his pen, Gov. Jerry Brown could set the tone for state-level drone policy. After passing the Assembly and the state Senate, AB1327 will await Brown's signature until the end of September. Legislation regulating the use of drones by law enforcement has already been proposed or passed in 13 other states. But a combination of timing, public opinion and California'...

Kashkari would veto gun bills

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September 15, 2014 By John Hrabe. GOP candidate Neel Kashkari assured gun owners Friday he's opposed to controversial gun-control measures now sitting on the desk of his Nov. 4 election opponent, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. The four measures, which include a ban on home-built firearms and the importation of firearms across state lines, would add more gun laws to the books of a state ranked by Guns & Ammo magaz...

Sacramento hits the gas on driving taxes

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September 12, 2014 By James Poulos. Within a few years, California may choose to tax drivers by the mile. Taking up a controversial idea floated by the federal government and embraced by Oregon, Sacramento legislators recently passed a bill that could lead to a new "road usage charge." Senate Bill 1077 wouldn't impose a driving tax right away. Instead, the legislation, introduced by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concor...

Controller’s website opens local governments’ books

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September 12, 2014 By John Hrabe. State Controller John Chiang continues to deliver on his promise of government transparency. The state's chief financial officer announced Monday a new open-data website that provides Californians with more than a decade's worth of financial data for local governments. The site, ByTheNumbers.sco.ca.gov, includes more than 13 million fields of financial data for 450 incorporated cit...
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