California led other states in adopting a flurry of new laws restricting tobacco products last year, resulting in a big improvement in the state’s grades from the American Lung Assn.
In a report released Wednesday, the health group boosted the state’s grade for the level of tobacco taxes from an F last year to a B, in recognition that California voters in November approved a $2-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax.
The Legislature last year also adopted a half-dozen new laws, including an increase in the minimum age for smoking from 18 to 21 and an expansion of a smoking ban in public places, including restaurants and theaters, to also include use of electronic cigarettes.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) pushed President Trump's budget chief pick Tuesday on whether he'd advise the new Republican leader to offer timely disaster relief, especially to states like California that face earthquakes, fires, floods and other natural disasters.
"Can you assure me that when natural disasters hit various parts of the country like California, that you will be willing to put the immediate interests of people in need as the first priority for you, or will you insist that the budget cuts be made before agreeing to provide critical assistance to those victims?” Harris asked Rep. Mick Mulvaney during a confirmation hearing Tuesday.
The South Carolina Republican asked for spending cuts to offset billions in relief funding after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast.
One of the most talked about politicians in California’s 2018 governor’s campaign isn’t even running.
Rarely does a day go by when Republican President Donald Trump isn’t used as a political piñata by one of the top Democrats in the race.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom took some jabs Tuesday when he addressed the California Legislature before Gov. Jerry Brown's annual State of the State speech. Newsom mocked the Trump administration for its reliance on “alternative facts" — a phrase used by a Trump senior advisor when defending inflated inauguration crowd figures — and took a subtle shot at the president’s comment about “American carnage” in the nation’s cities.
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California's House delegation split along party lines Tuesday on a bill to permanently prohibit the use of certain federal funds for abortions.
President Trump promised the anti-abortion community during the campaign that he would make the funding ban — commonly called the Hyde Amendment — permanent.
It passed the House 238-183 and goes next to the Senate. The 52 members who represent California in the House split along party lines, with 36 Democrats against for it, and 14 Republicans voting for it. Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Jim Costa (D-Lieu) did not vote. Their staffs each said the member would have joined Democrats in voting against the measure.
California lawmakers will weigh whether family courts should allow children as young as 10 to testify before judges regarding parent custody or visitation rights.
A bill filed by state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) would lower the current threshold from age 14 to enable more children to express their wishes in court, some of whom she said could find themselves in life-threatening situations.
The legislation was co-sponsored by the California Protective Parents Assn. and the Center for Judicial Excellence. Neither current law nor the bill would require children to testify in family cases unless they choose to.
Californians' support for a breakaway California republic has increased, one poll has found.
One-third of state residents support peacefully seceding from the United States, up from 20% since Californians were last asked the same question in 2014, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. The poll's margin of error for the California answers was plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Still, half of Californians opposed the idea of succession, though Democrats were more inclined to support it than Republicans. The survey found that 60% of Republicans gave the idea of peacefully seceding a thumbs down compared with 48% of Democrats and 50% of independents.