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California Bill Would Ban All Plastic Shopping Bags at Grocery Stores

By   /  February 8, 2024  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA. — California would ban all plastic shopping bags in 2026 under a new bill announced Thursday in the state Legislature. California already bans thin plastic shopping bags at grocery stores and other shops, but shoppers at checkout can purchase bags made with a thicker plastic that purportedly makes them reusable and recyclable. Democratic state Sen. […]

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Governor Issues Emergency Proclamation to Support Recovery from Winter Storms January 23rd

By   /  January 25, 2024  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento CA – Governor Gavin Newsom today proclaimed a state of emergency in San Diego and Ventura counties to support recovery from winter storms in late December and January. The emergency proclamation includes provisions facilitating unemployment benefits for impacted residents, and waiving fees to replace records such as driver’s license cards and birth certificates. The […]

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New California Laws For 2024

By   /  January 1, 2024  /  State and National  /  No Comments

New laws now in effect in California in 2024. New year means several new laws went into effect on Monday.  Here are just a few:

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More Insurance Companies Announce Plans To Leave California

By   /  November 13, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

More insurance companies have announced plans not to renew policies for California homeowners beginning in 2024. Four companies, Merastar Insurance Co., Unitrin Auto and Home Insurance Co., Unitrin Direct Property and Casualty Co. and Kemper Independence Insurance Co., attributed the move to a nationwide restructuring decision from their parent company Kemper Corp, according to documents filed with the […]

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Legislative Republicans, Taxpayer Advocates to Oppose ACA 1’s Attack on Prop. 13

By   /  August 16, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

California’s taxes and cost of living are already too high. The state shouldn’t make it easier for politicians to take even more. Sacramento, CA -Legislative Republicans will join taxpayer advocates for a press conference opposing Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1, Democrats’ attempt to weaken Prop. 13 by lowering the threshold to approve special taxes. Despite California having one […]

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California State Parks Reopens Application Period for State Park Peace Officer Cadet Exams

By   /  June 19, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA.— California State Parks has reopened the application period for the State Park Peace Officer Cadet exams. The department invites individuals to “Live the Parks Life” as rangers or lifeguards in the nation’s largest state park system. The new deadline to apply is Monday, July 31, 2023. Cadet academy graduates can serve the state as rangers and […]

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Anti-Poverty Advocates Disappointed After Assembly Appropriations Committee Holds Legislation Expanding Tax Credits for Families & Children

By   /  May 18, 2023  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Policymakers Must Reduce Poverty and Build Equity by Expanding Tax Credits for Families with Low Incomes in CA Budget Sacramento, CA — The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) Coalition, which includes policy advocates, low-income service providers, labor representatives, and community and faith-based organizations, expressed deep disappointment in the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s decision to hold […]

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State Council on Developmental Disabilities Awards Over $250,000 for New Program Ideas

By   /  September 19, 2022  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA-The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (Council) awarded more than $250,000 in program development grants to four community-based organizations. The Council annually awards program development grants and this year the four key areas for Cycle 45 were Education, Employment, Health and Safety, and Housing. With these unique funds, the grant recipients have a […]

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Bipartisan Gas Tax Proposal Mirrors Republicans’ Idea

By   /  April 28, 2022  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA –– Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) issued the following statement following the California Problem Solvers Caucus announcement of a bipartisan gas tax relief proposal: “Good ideas shouldn’t have party lines,” said Wilk. “I applaud the Problem Solvers Caucus for catapulting this Republican proposal into a bipartisan measure. While bipartisan support is welcome, it […]

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California’s Local Public Health Officials Receive Prestigious State Award

By   /  April 21, 2022  /  State and National  /  No Comments

For Pandemic Response; Call for Additional Investments to Build the Public Health Workforce Pipeline  Sacramento, CA — California’s public health officials have been awarded the prestigious Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health for 2021 by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). CDPH will present the award to the Presidents that served […]

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Republicans’ Solutions to EDD Failures Shelved by Assembly Democrats

By   /  August 26, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – Despite the rampant fraud and mismanagement that has plagued the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and cost taxpayers at least $11 billion in fraud, three Republican good-government bills to address those failures were shelved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair. Those bills held today in Assembly Appropriations were:  SB 39 by Senator Shannon Grove […]

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CA Bill Would Expand Access to Aid-In-Dying Law

By   /  February 15, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA. – A new bill would make California’s aid-in-dying law accessible to more people. Senate Bill 380, introduced on Wednesday, would remove the ten-year sunset clause from the 2015 End-of Life Option Act. State Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman – D-Stockton – a coauthor of the bill, said more than two thousand mentally sound, terminally ill Californians […]

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CA College Tries New Retention Tactic: Students’ Parents Study Free

By   /  February 4, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

English & Spanish Copy Oakland, CA- A small, private Catholic college in California is trying to keep students in school by letting their moms and dads also enroll – for free. In Oakland, Holy Names University’s new “Parent Promise” program, launched Jan. 12, lets parents enroll in two free classes each and waives the fees, which is a savings […]

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Strengthening Families and Children, While Providing Opportunities

By   /  January 11, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Now and for Future GenerationsSacramento, CA –  Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee, recently delivered a joint letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting that he prioritize the 2021-2022 budget to include funds for jobless Californians, students, and small businesses affected by his shutdowns.  Over […]

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Senate Republican Leader Grove Issues Statement on Violent Protests

By   /  June 1, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — Today, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement in response to the violent protests across our country:” “Americans have the right to protest and peacefully assemble, but the behavior the nation saw last night is unacceptable. “Today our state and country woke up with a mixture of emotions. We feel sadness and grief for […]

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Consumer Groups Praise New Rules on Prepaid Debit Cards

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Consumer groups are praising the new rules on prepaid credit cards just released by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The regulation goes into effect next fall and will make prepaid card issuers follow many of the same rules that apply to credit cards. Graciela Aponte-Diaz, a policy director for the Center […]

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Bill to Fight Housing Discrimination Introduced in State Senate

By   /  February 19, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill to make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against people with Section 8 housing vouchers was introduced in the California state Senate on Tuesday. According to Senate Bill 10-53, by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, landlords could no longer reject potential tenants solely on their source of income or advertise […]

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California Gov. OKs Emergency Fix To Statewide Marijuana Regulations

By   /  February 4, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown signs AB21, which eliminates a March 1 deadline for local governments to enact rules for marijuana cultivation. Dozens of cities have already banned grows in the last three months SACRAMENTO, CA. — An emergency bill to fix a legislative drafting error that had local governments in California racing to ban medical marijuana […]

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