The measure aims to ensure that any environmental litigation against projects worth more than $100 million that create high-paying jobs and meet greenhouse gas and renewable energy standards wraps up within nine months.
The bill received bipartisan, super-majority support in the Assembly. Republicans have tried to reform the state’s main environmental law, known as the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, for many years, saying it as an impediment to development.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Anna Eshoo of Menlo Park and six other House Democrats wrapped up a two-day trip Thursday to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
They met with military members from the U.S., NATO and Afghanistan during a tour of Afghan Forward Operating Base Oqab in Kabul, according to a news release.
The members also met with Gen. John Nicholson Jr., commander of NATO Resolute Support Mission and of U.S. forces in Afghanistan; U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Peter Michael McKinley; and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
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The campaign committee for an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the ballot arguments by the measure’s opponents contain multiple “false and/or misleading statements.”
The Yes on Proposition 64 committee is asking the Sacramento County Superior Court to delete or amend statements that will be included in ballot pamphlets going to voters. The ballot arguments were signed by public leaders including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and California Assn. of Highway Patrolmen President Doug Villars.
“Defenders of the failed war on marijuana are entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts,” said Jason Kinney, a spokesperson for the campaign. “More so than any I’ve seen in recent memory, the ballot arguments submitted with a straight face by the opponents fundamentally and factually misrepresent this ballot measure and are riddled with obvious falsehoods."
Assemblyman Roger Hernández, who was booted from his committee posts this summer after a judge issued a domestic violence restraining order against him, continues to draw per-diem payments for travel-related expenses to Sacramento despite being absent from work and on medical leave.
Assembly officials confirmed this week that Hernández continues to receive a daily stipend of $176 in addition to his $100,113 annual salary. The development underscores how the West Covina Democrat’s ongoing legal trouble has become a political headache for Assembly Democrats — one that Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) sought to avoid by encouraging Hernández to resign before the Legislature reconvened this week for the final month of the 2016 session.
The turmoil has also sparked debate in the Capitol over whether to invoke a new law — approved by voters in the wake of a series of scandals in the state Senate — that allows legislators to suspend a lawmaker without pay.
California is expected to become the first state in the nation to formalize the practice of lane splitting after state Assembly members on Thursday passed a bill authorizing the California Highway Patrol to establish guidelines for motorcyclists on how to do it safely.
The bill, sponsored by Assembly member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), passed Thursday with a 69-0 vote. It now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. On the floor, Quirk said the proposed law had many positives, including reducing traffic congestion and promoting safety.
Former Republican Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon of Santa Clarita crossed party lines to endorse Democrat Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate, citing her expertise on military and national defense issues.
The Orange County congresswoman hopes to piece together a patchwork of support among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters in her uphill effort to overtake the front-runner, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris.
McKeon, a former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, praised Sanchez’s work to protect American troops and their families. Sanchez serves on the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.
In his eight terms in Congress, Rep. Mike Honda has earned a reputation as a well-liked lawmaker and one of the liberal stalwarts of the House, with high rankings from labor, civil rights and environmental groups.
Now, thanks to shifting demographics and a looming ethics investigation, Honda might be in trouble.
California Atty. Gen, Kamala Harris on Thursday landed endorsements for her U.S. Senate bid from three prominent current and former state politicians: state Senate President Kevin De Leόn, Sen. Ricardo Lara and former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez.
The endorsements from some of the state’s most influential Latino politicians are a coup for Harris, who remains the front-runner in the Senate race. Still, recent opinion polls show Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez remains much stronger among Latino voters.
"Kamala is a leader for all Californians," De Leόn (D-Los Angeles) said in a statement released by the Harris campaign. "In this political climate that's been defined by fear and divisive attacks, I'm proud to stand with Kamala Harris -- someone who proudly fights for the best ideals of our state and our democracy.”