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.
Saying the actions of the Republican incumbents have put their seats in danger, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report shifted its ratings of the election contests in two Southern California districts toward Democrats on Friday.
Though the general election is 13 months away, potential challengers and donors take a long look at such ratings when they are deciding where to spend their money.
Nine California Republican-held congressional districts are being closely watched as Democrats try to secure the seats they need to win back the House in the 2018 midterms.
Steve Bannon, the hard-right conservative media firebrand and former chief strategist to President Trump, will be a keynote speaker at the California Republican Party's semiannual gathering next week in Anaheim.
Bannon was widely regarded as a key force in engineering Trump's victory last November, but his brand of conservative populism has been controversial within the party. He resigned from the White House in August shortly after Chief of Staff John F. Kelly took control of the West Wing.