Regulations

Warrantless drone ban hovers over Brown’s desk

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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 ...

Assemblywoman Grove raises union power issue

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
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  Did a Democratic legislator take labor union money in exchange for a union-sponsored bill? That possibility was raised on the Assembly floor Aug. 28 by Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, in connection with a bill authored by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina. Assembly ...

Labor-backed bill may force union on farm workers

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
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Democratic state legislators passed a bill that could result in thousands of Fresno farm workers paying dues to a union that they may not support and abiding by a labor contract that they might not want. Senate Bill 25, authored by outgoing Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento...

Wins and losses in latest CA gun control battles

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Gun control laws in the state of California have entered into a period of flux. Despite a reputation for exceptionally strict gun measures, the regulatory landscape has become a mixed bag. Advocates of tighter restrictions and advocates of looser ones have won some key battles and lost others --...

Despite incentives, Tesla stiffs CA

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Ensnared by deep contradictions between its regulations and priorities, California officials failed to close a massive deal with automaker Tesla, allowing Nevada to ink a landmark agreement. California and Nevada were just two of the states vying for Tesla's $5 billion "gigafactory," where the ...

After gamble backfires, L.A. demands refund from banks

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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  In the San Francisco Bay area, public transit riders are paying $104 million in higher rider fees to cover the cost of exotic financial insurance known as an interest rate swap. In Detroit, the inability of the city to make interest rate swap payments signaled eventual bankruptcy. So the r...

100,000 lacking ID could lose Covered CA coverage

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Covered California could lose up to 100,000 enrollees who haven't proven their eligibility under the state's version of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. According to the ACA, unlawful U.S. residents aren't permitted to receive coverage. Yet, although California is home to many immigrants ...

Uber, Lyft compromise on ridesharing regulations

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Uber and Lyft, two of the country's leading ridesharing companies, reached a compromise with state lawmakers on Wednesday over new regulations of the industry that is changing how people get around town. Assembly Bill 2293, which had been strongly opposed by the ridesharing companies, requires ...

Bill would push unionizing franchise workers

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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  The franchise market in California, a keystone of small business in the state, soon could change radically. The California Legislature last Thursday sent a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that would effectively supersede the contractual agreements between California-based franchises a...

MADD angry at ridesharing regulations

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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Does ridesharing cut down on drunk driving? Mothers Against Drunk Driving says yes. MADD has entered California's heated debate over new regulations of the state's burgeoning ridesharing industry, arguing that the service cuts down on drunk driving. The national group, which combats drunk dri...