The measure, Assembly Bill 748, would have made public footage from police shootings and other cases considered to be in the public interest, including video of police uses of force or violent political protests.
The bill, authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), squeaked through the Senate Public Safety Committee in July, but no further hearings were held.
President Trump's decision to abandon existing protections for young men and women in the United States without legal status will likely draw a sharp rebuke from Gov. Jerry Brown and an assortment of California elected officials, all of whom have vowed to take extraordinary measures to keep those immigrants from being deported.
Now that President Trump is putting what should happen to the "Dreamers" on Congress’ agenda, vulnerable Republicans will be squarely at the center of the debate.
The Trump administration's announcement Tuesday about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could have a broad effect on Democratic efforts to retake control of the House in 2018, and nowhere more so than in California, where more than a fourth of the estimated 800,000 recipients, often called Dreamers, are thought to live.
To secure the 24 seats they need, Democrats are specifically targeting nine of the Golden State’s 14 Republican members of Congress, several of whom represent districts with large minority populations. Stories of the 200,000 or so Californians affected by this decision likely will be a recurring theme of campaigns for the next year.
A ballot initiative proposed Friday would allow California consumers to know what personal information businesses are collecting from them, what they do with it — and to who they are selling it.
Backers of the initiative, dubbed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, are aiming for a spot on the November 2018 statewide ballot. The measure would establish a consumer's right to request that a business disclose what categories of personal data it gathers, and to say no to the sale of any of that information without fear of losing services or facing discrimination.
It would require businesses to make those disclosures free of charge within 30 days.
The California Senate is throwing its support behind Chicago in a lawsuit against the Justice Department over its plan to withhold federal money from “sanctuary cities," which limit collaboration between state and local authorities with federal immigration agents.
Former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and his firm, Covington & Burling, on Thursday filed a friend-of the-court brief on behalf of the state Senate in the federal case, saying sanctuary jurisdictions have policies consistent with federal law.
U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, Holder says, does not have the constitutional authority to mandate that cities, counties or states participate in federal immigration efforts as a condition to receive their federal public safety awards.
The National Rifle Assn. won a rare victory in the California Legislature on Friday when a committee gutted key portions of a bill that would have prohibited buying more than one rifle in any 30-day period.
Instead of limiting the number of guns, the bill was amended by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, without explanation, to leave in only a requirement that law enforcement officials securely store firearms in vehicles when no trunk is available.
State law already bans buying more than one handgun a month, but Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) introduced the measure to also include long guns in that limit.