Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure on Sunday that would have required large companies in California to disclose data on how they’re paying men and women differently.
The measure, AB 1209 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) sought to shed light on gender pay disparities to better understand the persistent pay gap women face. Companies would have had to report to the state aggregate data on the difference in wages between male and female employees with similar job descriptions, as well as compensation disparities between male and female board members.
Brown's veto message sounded a note of caution about the bill's "ambiguous" details. "I am worried that this ambiguity could be exploited to encourage more litigation than pay equity."
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a closely watched bill on Sunday to block the creation of any so-called Muslim registry should President Trump choose to act on a proposal he repeatedly suggested during his 2016 campaign.
Senate Bill 31 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) bars state and local governments from releasing personal information to the federal government for the creation of any religious list, registry or database. It also prohibits them from using resources to create their own lists.
Billionaire activist Tom Steyer says he's still considering jumping into the U.S. Senate race, even after fellow Democrat — and frequent ally — state Sen. Kevin de León announced his own run.
"I am looking at the best way to take our government back from the political establishment and to stop Donald Trump," Steyer said in a statement. "That includes a full consideration of running for the United States Senate."
State lawmakers who resign will have to wait longer before they can lobby the Legislature under a measure signed Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Currently, legislators must wait one year after they resign from office before they can lobby their former colleagues.
The new law extends the length of the "revolving door" ban so that it remains in effect until a year has passed since the end of the two-year legislative session in which the member resigns. That could mean a ban of three years.
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).