A proposal to adopt a single-payer healthcare system for California took an initial step forward Thursday when the state Senate approved a bare-bones bill that lacks a method for paying the $400-billion cost of the plan.
The proposal was made by legislators led by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) at the same time President Trump and Republican members of Congress are working to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act.
“Despite the incredible progress California has made, millions still do not have access to health insurance and millions more cannot afford the high deductibles and co-pays, and they often forgo care,” Lara said during a floor debate on the bill.
California state senators passed a package of housing legislation Thursday, a bid to spend more on low-income housing as well as make it easier for developers to build.
The two marquee measures — Senate Bill 35 from Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Senate Bill 3 from Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) — would force cities that have fallen behind on their state housing production goals to reduce some of the hoops they put in place to approve developments and would authorize a $3-billion bond to spend on low-income housing on the 2018 statewide ballot.
“What the bill does do is create actual accountability,” Wiener said of SB 35. “Because local control is about how you meet your housing goals, not whether you meet your housing goals.”
Lawmakers in the state Assembly approved an effort on Thursday that could end with California voters scrapping the biannual tradition of moving their clocks ahead or behind by an hour.
Assembly Bill 807 is the second effort in as many years by the Legislature to revisit California's use of Daylight Saving Time. The state's voters first approved its use through a 1949 ballot measure. And because of that history, the issue must go back to voters if changes are to be made.
Treasurer John Chiang acknowledged Thursday that he is not the flashiest candidate in California's gubernatorial campaign, but said he thinks voters will respond to his record shepherding the state’s finances.
“We’re the fiscally responsible progressive. It doesn’t capture everybody’s imagination at the outset,” he said during a luncheon gathering of the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum. “But as people start thinking and we’re getting huge responses.”
Chiang entered the race last year and has demonstrated notable fundraising. But his standing in the early polls is in the single digits, and many California voters do not know who he is.
Ahead of President Trump's announcement that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate change accord, California Gov. Jerry Brown told The Times such a move would be "unfortunate possible even tragic."
Ahead of President Trump's announcement that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate change accord, California Gov. Jerry Brown said such a move would be tragic.
Almost seven months after California voters imposed new transparency rules for the Legislature, a long simmering debate over the meaning of those rules could put the ultimate fate of dozens of bills in jeopardy.
Proposition 54, overwhelmingly approved by voters last November, requires that all legislation be available to the public for 72 hours before final action is taken. The authors of the ballot measure say that means final action in both the Assembly and Senate.
A bill that would allow local California communities to extend last-call for alcohol service to 4 a.m. has cleared the state Senate.
Sen. Scott Wiener's (D-San Francisco) bill now moves into the Assembly for debate.
"Nightlife is hugely important to California's culture and economy, and it's time to move away from our outdated one-size-fits-all approach to last call," Wiener said in a statement after it passed the Senate.