With the proposal, which is modeled on a city program he supported while mayor of San Francisco, Newsom is trying to stake a claim to an issue that may become pivotal in the contested race, especially among his biggest Democratic rivals.
Newsom told the Bee he's consulting with healthcare leaders to craft a statewide system.
Following emotional testimony and verbal clashes among members in the audience, the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday approved a bill that would prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources to enforce federal immigration laws.
Senate Bill 54, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), moved out of the committee with a 5-2 vote. It will now be debated on the Senate floor.
Law enforcement officials are torn on whether the bill hinders or furthers public safety. But the legislation has attracted a long list of supporters who say the state must ensure tax dollars are not used to further mass deportations under the Trump administration.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) are making improbable attempts to overturn President Trump's most recent travel ban.
The measures are unlikely to get far in the Republican-led Congress, and even less likely to be approved by Trump if they get to his desk. But they are likely to fire up a base that is demanding Democrats in California and elsewhere do everything they can to counter Trump.
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Feinstein filed a bill to rescind the executive order Monday — it is backed by 37 fellow Democratic senators. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) supports the measure, her staff said. Lofgren's bill, filed late last week, would halt the order and cut off any funds to implement it. It's backed by 172 House Democrats, including 32 of her 39 California House Democratic colleagues.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) said Monday he is "not prepared" to vote for Republican's health care bill.
"I'm not prepared to vote for it [as it] is right now," the long-serving Republican congressman said Monday on "Fox and Friends."
Issa said there aren't specific aspects of the bill he disagrees with, but that he believes the current Republican plan could be better. He has proposed his own healthcare replacement bill, which would allow all Americans to purchase the insurance plans offered to federal workers.
Assembly Democrats introduced a sweeping college affordability plan Monday that aims to make Cal State and UC educations debt-free for nearly 400,000 students.
The proposal would be the first in the nation to cover living expenses such as books, transportation and housing, in addition to tuition costs.
"With our 'Degrees Not Debt' proposal, California is taking the boldest step in the nation toward making college-debt free," Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) said at a Capitol press conference.
California on Monday joined Washington and other states as a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's latest travel ban as an unconstitutional overreach, state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said.
The lawsuit that California joined Monday says the narrower, temporary ban on travel from six majority-Muslim countries represents unconstitutional religious discrimination. A broader executive order by President Trump had previously been put on hold by the courts.
“Last month, our courts put a lid on the unconstitutional and un-American Trump Muslim travel ban because Americans stood up and demanded it," Becerra said in a statement. "The victory for lawful permanent residents and current visa holders was welcome news for everyone, especially the victims’ families. But the fight for fair and lawful treatment of all who would seek permission to enter our country is not over."
He said Sunday that he is not interested in running for the U.S. Senate, after rumors bubbled last week that he was considering a campaign for the seat held by Dianne Feinstein.
“I'm deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California,” Schwarzenegger wrote on his Facebook page early Sunday morning.
Republican David Hadley, a former assemblyman from Manhattan Beach, says he is exploring a run for governor in 2018.
Hadley, who served one term in Assembly District 66 before being defeated by Democrat Al Muratsuchi last year, filed papers Friday to open a gubernatorial campaign committee.
"On a whole series of issues, I think California public policy is lacking a lot of balance and a lot of common sense," Hadley said in an interview with the Times. "We have allowed the distractions of political polarization and fake culture war battles to keep us from focusing on the things that we should be focusing on, which is a better future for all Californians."