State agencies overseeing juvenile offenders, state hospitals and developmental services will no longer have to collaborate with federal immigration authorities under a new California law.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation that will repeal provisions in the state welfare code requiring the Division of Juvenile Justice, the Department of State Hospitals and the Department of Developmental Services to help facilitate deportations of people illegally in the country.
Senate Bill 613 by Senate leader Kevin de León was introduced as part of a package by majority Democrats to counter President Trump’s call for more deportations and expanded immigration enforcement.
In an effort to help the beleaguered taxi industry compete with ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a bill limiting the permits taxis will need to operate.
The measure, Assembly Bill 1069, allows drivers to operate with a maximum of two permits per county — one where they live and a second where they predominantly operate. Currently, drivers often have to pay fees in every county where they drive, which could cost tens of thousands of dollars and make it harder to remain competitive with the less heavily regulated ride-hailing industry.
"In order to compete in the changing for-hire transportation ecosystem, taxis are in need of some statutory relief because the current system restricts competition by setting different, more onerous rules for taxis," said Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell).
Two months after militia members openly carried semiautomatic rifles during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will ban the open carrying of rifles in some areas of the state where they were previously allowed.
The new law he signed Friday makes it a misdemeanor to openly carry an unloaded long gun in public unincorporated areas outside of incorporated cities that are deemed by counties as not appropriate for such firearms.
The law was requested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to expand state law that already bans openly carrying handguns in areas outside cities.
A California measure aiming to protect climate scientists and their research from a hostile Trump administration was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday.
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) had sought to make the state Environmental Protection Agency protect and post online scientific data that is at risk of facing censorship or destruction by the federal government.
The measure, SB 51, also would have barred most state regulators from suspending professional licenses for federal whistleblowers.
A push to make California community colleges more enticing to first-year students was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday.
The proposal, AB 19 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), lays the groundwork to waive the fees for the first year of community college for all first-time students. It's an incentive that would draw in new students who wouldn’t otherwise enroll, Santiago said.
"Community college changed my life. It gave me choices and opportunities and it opened doors," Santiago said. "I know free community college will change the lives of Californians."
California and 17 other states filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the Trump administration's decision to roll back cost-sharing subsidies that help reduce the price of healthcare for millions of Americans.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco.
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said the decision to cease federal payments to health insurers that provide coverage undermines the Affordable Care Act and could result in up to 20% increases in costs, putting healthcare out of reach for millions of families.