Currently browsing Legislature/Legislation Archives
Of the 896 bills lawmakers approved in 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed 96 of them – just under 11 percent – the lowest percentage of his current term, according to How Often Do Governors Say No?, an annual tabulation by the Senate Committee on Governance & Finance.
Of the 870 bills sent to him in 2011, he vetoed 125 — a 14.4 percent veto rate.
During his first two terms as governor, from 1975 through 1982, Brown’s veto rate was 4.4 percent compared to 12.4 percent for the last three years.
Over those eight years, Brown vetoed 528 bills – less than one-third the Read more »
California is the first state to ban lead bullets for hunting under legislation signed October 11 by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Under the bill – AB 711 by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, a Lakewood Democrat — the ban would occur “as soon as practicable” but no later than July 1, 2019.
“There is simply no reason to continue using lead ammunition in hunting when it poses a significant risk to human health and the environment,” Rendon said in a stament after Brown’s signature. “California is now the country’s leader in eradicating an unnecessary source of this lethal toxin.”
Limits on the use of lead bullets Read more »
United Farmer Workers leader César Chávez’s home and burial site — Nuestra Señora Reina de La Paz will become a state historic landmark under legislation signed October 8 by Gov. Jerry brown.
Located in Keene, about 30 miles southeast of Bakersfield, the 187-acre site was designated both a National Monument and a National Historic Landmark by President Obama exactly one year ago.
The bill – AB 34 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, a West Covina Democrat – also requires the state Office of Historic Preservation to identify other historical sites associated with the labor and civil rights Read more »
California courts can now recognize more than two legal apretns for a child, under legislation signed October 4 by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The measure — SB 274 by Sen. Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat – is similar to a bill Leno carried in 2012 vetoed by the Democratic governor over “ambiguities.” Leno characterized both measures as a way to fix a quirk in the law that prevents a previous custodial or biological parent from taking care of a child if the two current parents are incapable.
“The structure of today’s families is evolving, and courts need the ability to recognize these Read more »
Below is the latest campaign email from Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, a Dana Point Republican, vying with Sen. Mark Wyland, an Escondido Republican, for a seat on the state Board of Equalization.
A key element of Wyland’s campaign has been the bankruptcy of Point Center Financial — a firm run by Harkey’s husband, Dan. Wyland’s choice of issues doesn’t sit well with the termed out Orange County Assemblywoman:
Wyland was first to bare claws with this “Taxpayers for Wyland Board of Equalization” email blast in August:
State Legislator and candidate for Board of Equalization, Diane Harkey’s husband Read more »
When does homemade duck sausage or venison steaks become food instead of game?
Sponsored by the California Waterfowl Association, the bill – SB 392 by Sen. Tom Berryhill, a Twain Harte Republican – requires the commission to adopt regulations or recommend changes in federal law to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishing when game birds like wild turkey, pheasant and quail that are skinned-out for eating stop counting toward a hunter’s maximum possession limit.
“Providing this much-needed clarity will benefit those of us Read more »
Disaster efforts of California’s chapters of the American Red Cross will have a check-off on state tax forms under legislation signed Oct. 1 by Gov. Jerry Brown.
It’s the third of three measures sent to the Democratic governor to add to the current 18 voluntary contribution categories that have been multiplying since the first was placed on state tax forms in 1983.
The check-off — AB 511 by Assemblyman Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat – will last a maximum of five years but loses its place on the tax form if $250,000 or more contributions aren’t received annually.
Brown’s signature comes despite questions by both Read more »
The California Arts Council gets a second chance at a tax check-off under legislation approved September 30 by Gov. Jerry Brown who created the council when he was previously governor in 1975.
It’s one of seven bills approved by lawmakers this year relating to the voluntary contribution funds, fixtures on state tax forms for 30 years. This is the third of the seven signed by the Democratic governor.
When Brown OK’d an earlier bill creating a new check-off for the “Protect Our Coast and Oceans” Fund, he bucked the advice of his own Department of Finance which said the measure was Read more »
New car dealers will still be able to sell “pre-owned vehicles” without replacing their “brake friction materials,” under legislation signed September 27 by Gov. Jerry Brown.
In English: New car dealers won’t have to install new brake pads on used cars they buy and resell after 2014.
The California New Car Dealers Association sponsored the bill signed by Brown — AB 501 by Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, a Sherman Oaks Democrat — to clarify that they didn’t have to remove “legacy” Read more »
Small distilleries of artisan spirits such as bourbon, whiskey and fruit-based liqueurs like limoncello can offer up to six paid tastings under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry brown September 26.
Effective January 1, 2014, the bill — AB 933 by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, a Berkeley Democrat – lifts a current ban on distilleries charging for tastings as wineries and breweries do.
“Now at least these small businesses can let more people know about their product in a way they can afford,” Skinner told California’s Capitol.
The “Taste California Act” limits tasting size to one-quarter ounce.
Some 32 distilleries in the state, including Alameda-based St. George Read more »
- Capitol Cliches (16)
- Conversational Currency (3)
- Great Moments in Capitol History (3)
- News (1266)
- Opinionation (34)
- Overheard (233)
- Today's Latin Lesson (45)
- Restaurant Raconteur (21)
- Spotlight (95)
- Trip to Tokyo (8)
- Venting (184)
- Warren Buffett (38)
- Welcome (1)
- Words That Aren't Heard in Committee Enough (10)