Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Saturday that will remove the rights of school administrators to decide whether employees with concealed weapon permits can bring guns on campus.
State law already prohibited civilians who are not school workers from bringing firearms onto campuses, but a change in the law last year gave school district superintendents power to decide if employees could bring concealed weapons onto campuses, according to Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento), who authored the bill.
Five California school districts — including the Kingsburg Joint Union and Kern school districts — have begun to issue authorizations for some school employees to bring guns on campuses, McCarty said. He said it has increased the chance of school shootings.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a law that will require the University of California to be more transparent in how it reports costs and how it deals with the state auditor, a measure that was introduced in the wake of a scathing audit of the UC president's office this spring.
The audit found that the UC Office of the President failed to disclose up to $175 million in budget reserve funds, even as the system looked to lawmakers and tuition hikes for more money.
Records showed that surveys sent to individual campuses as part of the audit were altered after consultation with the president's office, raising concerns of interference in the audit by the top office.
California’s equal pay laws must apply to public sector workers, after Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure extending pay equity protections to state employees.
Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) said his bill, AB 46, removes any doubt that public workers were protected under existing equal pay laws.
“I authored AB 46 because not only am I the father of four women of color, but also because I believe it is important to lead by example and ensure that our pay equity laws apply to all sectors, both private and public," Cooper said in a statement.
Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown swooped into California this week for a money run.
Warren of Massachusetts was the beneficiary of a Tuesday fundraiser hosted by Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, producer J.J. Abrams and others at the Brentwood home of “Lost” creator Damon Lindelof. Supporters donated between $500 and $5,400 to Warren’s 2018 reelection campaign to attend.
The following day she raised money in Irvine for Katie Porter, who is challenging Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine).
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).