California would create "safe zones" prohibiting immigration enforcement on public schools, hospital and courthouse grounds under a new bill by state Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) that is sure to clash with the tough enforcement plans of President-elect Donald Trump.
By also proposing to bar state and local law enforcement from enforcing immigration laws, De León is doubling down on the issue at a time when Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that refuse to help federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
“To the millions of undocumented residents pursuing and contributing to the California Dream, the state of California will be your wall of justice should the incoming administration adopt an inhumane and over-reaching mass-deportation policy,” De León said in a statement Wednesday.
Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) looked back on her 10 terms representing California's Central Coast in a final House speech Wednesday.
"Thank you, thank you truly to the people of the Central Coast for trusting me as your representative, for inspiring me every single day with your passion and your dedication for our nation and for California's 24th District," she said.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) made her farewell speech on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, marking her 24 years in Washington.
She reflected on her accomplishments and heartbreaks, talking about her work on the environment and Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential contest, and thanked the many who have helped her along the way, including her California partner of more than two decades, Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Feinstein wasn't in the chamber for Boxer's speech. Her staff said the busy final week before Congress leaves kept her from attending.
After failing to pass new funding to tackle the state’s housing affordability crisis last session, two state senators are trying again.
Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) have re-introduced legislation to add a $75 fee to real estate transactions, which is expected to generate hundreds of millions a year for low-income housing construction, and place a $3-billion bond to finance low-income housing before voters in 2018, respectively.
Both bills were unveiled as part of Senate Democrats’ package of new spending plans to finance improvements in housing, transportation, water and parks infrastructure.
Gov. Jerry Brown predicted Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump will experience a political backlash internationally if he pursues policies that deny the impact of climate change.
Appearing in a webcast for the Climate Reality Project, Brown was asked by former Vice President Al Gore whether states can have an impact on climate change if it is no longer a priority of the federal government.
Brown noted that, in addition to legislation in California, he has signed agreements with other states to pursue policies to address global warming. But he said there are indications Trump may delay action if he is not convinced it is a serious problem.
Two months after a bus accident in Desert Hot Springs killed 13 people, a state lawmaker is proposing to require passengers on charter buses equipped with seat belts to use them.
The USA Holiday charter that plowed into a big rig did not have seat belts for passengers, but a new rule that took effect last month requires the restraint devices on newly manufactured buses.
With that new rule in mind, state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) has introduced State Bill 20, which would require drivers of charter buses to tell passengers before each trip that they are required to wear seatbelts. Signs would also have to be posted on the requirement.
Alarmed by a wave of shootings targeting police officers, state Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear) has introduced a bill that would make an attack on law enforcement a hate crime in California, allowing stiffer penalties for those convicted.
Obernolte’s bill comes after a series of shootings that have left 62 law enforcement officers dead so far this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. That is up from 38 officers shot to death in the line of duty by this time last year.
Just in July, five police officers were killed by a gunman in Dallas, and three more died in a rampage in Baton Rouge, La. The shootings occurred at a time of high tension between law enforcement and some communities over police killings of unarmed people of color.