Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure on Monday that sought to curb escalating opioid addiction rates by creating a new state working group tasked with determining best practices in prescribing addictive drugs.
The measure, Assembly Bill 715 by Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), would have directed the state Department of Public Health to convene doctors, opioid addiction specialists and other experts to examine how painkillers are being prescribed to treat acute, short-term pain.
The goal of the working group would have been to establish statewide guidelines on prescribing such drugs.
After successfully fighting to bar restrictions on political donations to legislators facing recall, an attorney who normally represents Democratic lawmakers is asking the state to also drop limits on contributions to legal defense funds used by lawmakers facing criminal or civil investigations.
The request comes a year after two Democratic senators were sentenced to federal prison in corruption cases and a third was convicted of lying about living in his district.
The state Fair Political Practices Commission outraged Republicans in August by granting a request by Senate Democrats to lift the $4,400 campaign contribution limit for legislators giving to colleagues facing recall. That request was made on behalf of the Senate Democrats by attorney Richard Rios.
Hours after Vice President Mike Pence left a professional football game in protest of players taking a knee during the national anthem, he landed Sunday in Southern California for a series of fundraisers aimed at helping vulnerable members of Congress in the state.
The Democrat's announcement comes amid threats from her left, with more progressive Californians saying that Feinstein's moderate nature isn’t the right fit for a state that feels the brunt of Trump administration policies.
But Feinstein is leaning on her record as the first woman to be the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and her role on the Senate Intelligence Committee as the reasons she should stay in office.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law on Sunday to require passengers on commercial buses equipped with seat belts to use them, a decision following a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board after a San Jose bus crash that killed two people.
The new law requires bus drivers to tell passengers before each trip that they are required to buckle up. Failure to do so will be punishable by a fine of up to $20 for the first offense, and up to $50 for the following offenses.
The federal safety board highlighted the need to ensure passengers wear seat belts in a report released after the San Jose crash in January 2016. That Greyhound bus was equipped with the devices, but the two women killed had not been wearing them and were ejected from the vehicle.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a law updating the state’s Dating Service Contract Act to encompass online dating services like Match.com and Eharmony, an effort to ensure consumers can opt out of services.
The state contract law gives the customer the right to cancel a dating service – "by mail, telegram, or delivery" – within three days of signing up, and states that cancellation is effective when deposited in the mail. But the law was passed in 1989 in response to the aggressive pressure tactics used by sales employees at the time and had not been updated since.
Assembly Bill 314 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) will allow online-dating customers to cancel contracts by email and have access to electronic copies of contracts.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday morning that she'll consider returning or donating decades-old donations from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, though she seemed unaware she had received them.
The New York Times on Thursday reported allegations of sexual harassment by Weinstein over decades, prompting some Democrats to say they will give away money equal to donations they have received from the Hollywood mogul. Those who have not have been criticized by the Republican National Committee.
According to federal records, Weinstein gave Feinstein $375 in 1992 and $1,000 in 1994. Feinstein was asked by Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" how she planned to respond to criticism from the California Republican Party about the donations.
“I don't know that I've received any. I'll certainly take a look, and then I'll make a decision," the California Democrat said.