A bill that would do away with "men's room" and "ladies' room" designations on single-occupancy bathrooms is now heading to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The measure would require businesses and public buildings to designate single-occupancy restrooms as "all gender," as opposed to specifically for men or women.
The bill's author, Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), said such a change is more accommodating to transgender people, but also for parents needing to attend to their children or other family members.
A neurosurgical resident from Los Angeles and an astrophysicist from Woodland Hills will participate in the 2016-2017 White House Fellows program.
Created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the program aims to introduce young skilled professionals to public service. The nonpartisan selection is based on leadership potential, education and prior involvement in public service.
The Californians and 14 other fellows from across the country will spend a year in Washington working with senior White House staff and cabinet secretaries. They will participate in service projects, meet with public and private sector leaders, and travel internationally and domestically.
Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) trotted out a high-tech prop to speak against a bill on Monday: Siri, the electronic personal assistant on Apple iPhones.
Speaking against a measure by Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) that requires online entertainment subscription services to remove actors' ages and birth dates upon request, Olsen used her iPhone to demonstrate such information was readily available.
When prompted, Siri served up the ages of Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.
Billionaire Democratic political activist Tom Steyer on Monday announced his support for Proposition 67, a ballot measure that will let voters decide whether to uphold or overturn a 2014 law imposing a statewide ban on plastic bags.
The ban on single-use plastic bags in grocery stores was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, but a trade group opposing the ban was able to qualify a referendum in early 2015, putting the law before voters this November. Voters who choose “yes” will be ratifying that law.
Steyer is a politically powerful environmentalist and former hedge fund manager who has spent millions to elect Democrats. He joins a slew of environmental groups, like the Surfrider Foundation, that support the ban.
The state Assembly on Monday approved new safety standards for charter buses in reaction to a 2014 accident that killed eight Los Angeles-area high school students on a trip to visit Northern California colleges.
The 2014 accident occurred when a tractor trailer drifted across the median of Interstate 5 near Orland and hit the charter school bus, disabling the bus door and causing diesel fuel from the truck to spray into the bus and ignite.
The bill by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would require that charter bus vehicles designed to carry 39 or more passengers and made after July 1, 2020 be equipped with emergency lighting that will turn on in the event of a collision.
Relatively no part of California state government is more complex than the way public schools are funded, so much so that it used to be said only two people knew how the complex funding formulas worked.
One of those people, Rick Simpson, is retiring as a top staffer in the Legislature after 38 years.
Simpson announced his retirement on Monday, to take effect when the Legislature adjourns at the end of the month.
Pharmaceutical companies have contributed more than $16 million this month to oppose a ballot measure that aims to limit the price the state pays for prescription drugs.
The contributions were reported in campaign finance filings Friday.
Earlier last week, state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) announced he would pull his drug pricing transparency bill. With Hernandez’s legislation, SB 1010, out of the picture, the fight over regulating prescription drug costs has shifted to the ballot measure, Proposition 61.
The Senate on Monday will take up a bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) that seeks to expand overtime pay for farmworkers in California.
Although the bill is likely to pass in the liberal upper house, a showdown is expected among Gonzalez's colleagues in the Assembly, where demographics have changed, but powerful agricultural interests remain.
Supporters of the bill say it would correct a wrong inflicted on farmworkers nearly eight decades ago, when they were first excluded from a federal law implementing minimum wage and overtime standards. Opponents say it will saddle farmers with higher costs and spur growers to leave the state.