Employees at many small businesses across California could not be denied up to 12 weeks away from work to care for a new child under legislation sent Wednesday to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The bill, which applies to workers with at least a year of continuous employment at a company of 20 to 49 employees, cleared its final hurdle in the state Senate. Employees would no longer be in danger of being fired when leaving to care for a newborn, similar to existing protections for workers at larger companies.
"For our lowest-income workers, this is a situation where they cannot afford to take that time working for smaller employers," said state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), the bill's author.
Californians would be prohibited from openly carrying long guns in public, unincorporated areas of the state under a bill approved Wednesday by the Legislature and sent to the governor for consideration.
The measure, opposed by the National Rifle Assn., was requested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to plug a loophole in state law that bans openly carrying handguns in areas outside cities.
“Shotguns and rifles should not be carried on our residential streets by untrained and unidentified members of the public,” said Sen. Anthony Portantino (D- La Cañada-Flintridge). “This can cause confusion and endanger public safety for citizens and law enforcement as well.”
After some intense exchanges on the house floor, the California Assembly on Wednesday passed a resolution that condemned President Trump for his decision to rescind protections for people who were brought into the country illegally as children.
House Resolution 66, coauthored by 57 members in the chamber, urges the president to stand with recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, and calls on Congress to find a “bipartisan and more effective” version of the initiative.
The state Senate approved the bill with no debate, belying the fierce behind-the-scenes jockeying that pit pharmaceutical companies against health insurers, labor unions and liberal activists.
The measure, SB 17 by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa), would require health plans to report to the state the 25 drugs that are most frequently prescribed, those that are most costly and those that have had the highest year-to-year increase in spending. It also would require drug makers to provide advance notice of planned price increases if the hikes exceed certain thresholds.
A state Senate budget and fiscal committee on Wednesday approved an additional $30 million in funding for legal services and financial aid to help DACA recipients and young immigrants without legal residency known as "Dreamers." The budget proposal was struck Tuesday by legislative leaders and must be approved by the time the Legislature adjourns for the year Friday.
California parks and beaches would be off-limits to those smoking tobacco or marijuana, or using electronic cigarettes, under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown by state lawmakers Wednesday.
The Legislature approved similar bills by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) that would apply the ban to 300 miles of state beaches and areas of 280 state parks that have not been designated by park officials for smoking.
“Californians and the millions of tourists that travel here should be able to visit parks and beaches without stepping around cigarette butts or inhaling secondhand smoke," Levine said.