Experimental drugs that do not yet have full federal approval for clinical trials could be made available to terminally ill Californians under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assembly Bill 1668 clears the way for those drugs to be used for life-threatening diseases for patients who have been unable to gain access to a clinical trial and who have the approval a supervising doctor.
“Terminally ill patients in our state will finally have access to potentially life-saving treatments," said Asemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) in a statement.
Two years after a charter bus crash killed 10 people, including five Los Angeles-area high school students, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that will improve safety regulations for such large vehicles.
Brown signed a bill that requires charter buses designed to carry 39 or more passengers and made after July 1, 2020. to be equipped with emergency lighting that would be automatically activated in the event of a collision.
California no longer will be able to fund or require public employees to travel to states believed to discriminate against LGBT people under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday.
The new law will apply to states that have passed laws after June 26, 2015, that allow "discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”
The California attorney general will create and publish a list of those states.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation making the use of ransomware a crime in California, following increasing cyberattacks on hospitals, schools and law enforcement agencies across the state and nationwide.
The bill, authored by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), updates the state’s penal code, making it a felony to knowingly employ malware or intrusive software that is injected into a computer or network and allows a hacker to hold data hostage until money is paid.
Proponents saythe new law will help counter attacks difficult to prosecute under existing statutes that are not tailored to combat computer crime. But some question just who will get caught in the dragnet, as the incidents are tough to trace and culprits are often overseas.
Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez, locked in an uphill battle in California’s U.S. Senate race, has missed almost two-thirds of House roll call votes in September, according to a report by CQ Roll Call.
Sanchez missed 41 of 63 roll calls, the most of any member of the House who is running for a different office. Many of the missed votes have been on generally noncontroversial suspension bills, CQ Roll Call reported.
Three days before the deadline, the head of a referendum drive aimed at overturning six new gun control laws announced Tuesday it will fall far short of collecting enough signatures to qualify the measures for the ballot.
San Diego-area businessman Barry Bahrami, who organized the drive, said apathy among California gun owners and difficult requirements for qualifying referenda are partly to blame for the shortfall.
“It is with disappointment that I must now report to you it appears we will not obtain the minimum signatures required to get these referenda on the ballot,” Bahrami wrote on his Facebook page in a note addressed to "Patriots.”
When first-time candidate Bryan Caforio explains how he got into politics, he points out that it was his experience as a lawyer that fueled his decision last winter to jump into a heated Los Angeles County congressional race.
Caforio, 33, whom Democrats have identified as their best chance to oust one of the state’s Republicans, says that as a trial lawyer, he “saw a system in which far too many people in our community were taken advantage of on an almost daily basis” because “corporate politicians” were “looking out for the biggest banks and the wealthiest corporations instead of the people back here at home.”
The comments came in a recently released campaign video called “My Story” that shows Caforio talking to a worker in a welding mask. The candidate then explains how his wife, Lisa, told him that “instead of doing this one case at a time, instead of doing it one client at a time,” he ought to run for Congress to “build a better system” and “an economy that works for everyone and not just the wealthy few."