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New CA pot bill snuffed out
Despite the backing of California cops, the latest effort to craft statewide rules on medical marijuana has stalled in Sacramento. Widely criticized as an imperfect bill, SB1262 nonetheless mustered support as a good faith attempt to bring order to the chaos unfolding in the wake of the 1996 pas...
Poll: CA likes insurance price controls, Covered CA
A new Field Poll shows strong support for Proposition 45, which will give the state insurance commissioner, Davy Jones, even stronger powers to regulate health insurance. The race is just heating up. And insurance companies are running ads against it. But with 69 percent favoring it already, it's go...
Early release from CA prisons now a flood
Spurred by a series of court decisions ruling the state's prison crowding unconstitutional, Gov. Jerry Brown's ongoing "realignment" effort sought to make adequate room for the state's worst convicts by diverting lesser criminals to county jails. There, however, the changes have caused a sn...
Bill could double car registration fees
  A bill that could double California counties’ vehicle registration fees has passed the Legislature, and is awaiting a signature or veto from Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 2393, by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, authorizes counties to charge annual $2 registration fees on non...
Is Gov. Brown disinterested in pension reform?
Later today, the governing board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System is expected to pass rules giving state employees 99 ways to spike their "pensionable pay." Gov. Jerry Brown only objected to one of the 99 bonuses. This is the same governor who billed his 2012 pension reform l...
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