Following the hotly contested 2016 presidential election, California has set a new voter registration record, with 19.43 million residents now signed up to vote.
More than 20,000 voters have been added to the rolls since Oct. 24, an unusual increase after a presidential election, according to Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who released the new voter registration numbers Wednesday.
The state saw a net gain of more than 1.7 million new voters since the same report was released in February 2015, and a record 14.6 million California voters cast ballots in the November elections.
Former Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced Wednesday that she will not run for state insurance commissioner in 2018 and instead endorsed state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) for the statewide post.
Bonilla’s announcement came on the same day that Lara’s campaign for insurance commissioner got a boost from endorsements by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
Bonilla is one of four Democrats who had formed campaign finance committees for possible runs for insurance commissioner.
Brown’s administration released an analysis on the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act. (March 22, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
Calling the Republican congressional leadership's healthcare proposal an "insult to democracy itself," Gov. Jerry Brown warned Wednesday that the proposal would shift $6 billion in costs a year to California's state government by 2020.
"It's real when you, all of a sudden, send a $6-billion tax bill to the state of California," Brown said in an interview after he delivered remarks alongside Democrats who were on Capitol Hill to mark the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
Three juvenile justice bills on Tuesday cleared the state Senate Public Safety Committee, the first in a legislative package that aims to divert children from the path to prison.
Two of the proposals co-authored by Sens. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would ban life without parole sentences for minors and require that juveniles speak with lawyers before waiving their rights. Another would end the costly collection of administrative fees against families with children in juvenile detention.
At Tuesday's hearing, witnesses urged lawmakers to support legislation they said would ensure the fair treatment of children under the law. But law enforcement groups and prosecutors said it could keep authorities from holding offenders accountable and hinder officers from carrying out investigations.
Despite no show of public support, the state Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies in California to disclose all of the surveillance equipment they use to the public.
Under the legislation by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), police and sheriff's departments would have to submit a plan to local officials — and present it at an open hearing — on what surveillance technology they employ and how, including facial recognition software, drones and social media monitors.
The bill moved out of the public safety committee with a 4-2 vote. It now heads to the state Senate Judiciary Committee for review. But with no witnesses speaking in support, its first hearing Tuesday underscored the balance lawmakers will have to strike between transparency and public safety.