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Gov. Brown signs climate change bill to spur renewable energy, efficiency standards

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pared-down climate change measure that will increase renewable energy generation and make buildings more energy efficient.

The legislation, SB 350 by Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), was amended to remove a third component that would have required reduced gasoline use on California roads.

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California coroners have issues with new assisted death law

The head of a group representing county coroners in California said there are some serious problems that need to be addressed in the new assisted death law signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, while life insurers say they do not foresee major issues affecting their business.

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A quick guide to California's climate change battle

California's battle against climate change involves an alphabet soup of agencies responsible for different programs and several key laws that guide state actions. Here's a glossary:

SB 350: This bill is now law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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Billionaire Tom Steyer joins campaign to increase cigarette taxes

A coalition of healthcare groups, joined by billionaire former hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer, on Wednesday launched a proposed statewide ballot initiative to impose a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes.

The money raised would help fund the treatment and research of cancer and other common tobacco-related diseases.

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California now has one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country

California took a major step Tuesday toward closing the lingering wage gap between men and women, as Gov.

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Referendum papers filed on assisted suicide law

 A day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill allowing assisted suicides for the terminally ill in California, opponents filed papers to seek a referendum to overturn the measure on the November 2016 ballot.

A group called Seniors Against Suicide filed papers with the state attorney general’s office to get an official title and summary for the referendum, the first step toward collecting signatures.

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