A proposed soda tax for California was pulled before a committee vote Tuesday and is likely dead for the year after failing to garner enough support, even among Democratic lawmakers, according to an aide to the bill’s author.
Democratic Assemblyman Richard Bloom of Santa Monica proposed a “health impact fee” of 2 cents per ounce on sugar-sweetened drinks sold in California, which would have added 24 cents to 12-ounce soft-drink cans.
“We just didn’t think that the votes were there and so there was a decision by a number of the advocates to not put it up for a vote. We have a lot more work to do,” said Sean MacNeil, Bloom's chief of staff.
The financial reports detailed campaign contributions and spending within the first three months of 2016.
Wyman, a Tehachapi businessman who along with 23 others is running to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, did not return calls and emails to his campaign Friday.
Picus, a San Francisco teacher challenging House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said his campaign received a lot of donations right before the filing deadline and had trouble completing the report. He said it would be filed Friday evening.
Citing the failure of the state Legislature to act, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that he has collected 600,000 signatures of California voters to qualify a gun control initiative for the November ballot.
“We’re there. This is going to be on the November ballot,” Newsom said Thursday. “Over 600,000 registered voters want to take some bold action on gun safety.”
Newsom’s campaign plans to begin delivering signatures tomorrow to county clerks for verification. If at least 365,880 signatures are found to be valid, the measure will qualify for the ballot.
Rep. Ami Bera and 15 members of the California delegation are pushing the heads of California Health and Human Services and the California Health Benefit Exchange in a letter to address a computer glitch that is terminating Covered California Care for pregnant women.
Amid concern over the months-long leaking of natural gas in Aliso Canyon near Los Angeles, the Assembly on Thursday formally approved strict rules preventing injection of new gas into old wells until experts determine the operations are safe.
Assembly members approved a bill that sets specific tests that must be conducted before such work can be undertaken.
The move comes in response to the leak that began in October at the Southern California Gas Co. facility in the area.
Calling Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz “wildly extreme and dangerous,” billionaire activist Tom Steyer is launching a weekend blitz of TV advertising that uses the presidential candidates’ views on climate change as an incentive for voter registration.
“These are two of the most dangerous men in America,” Steyer said in an interview Thursday, as his 30-second commercial hit the airwaves.
The ad, being run on televisions stations around the state, features clips of Cruz and Trump as they have taken aim at the scientific evidence pointing to climate change and those who have called for urgent efforts to combat it.
After years of gridlock, a bill that would help legalize Internet poker in California advanced out of a legislative committee on Wednesday after its author said there has been “serious progress toward consensus” between many competing interests in the gambling industry.
The measure by Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) would allow Internet poker websites to be operated by Native American tribes that operate casinos in partnerships with card clubs. Federal approval would also be required.
It would give at least $60 million annually to the horse-racing industry to compensate it for being excluded from Internet poker and for losing revenue to tribal gambling casinos. The provision on subsidizing the horse-race industry removes one stumbling block that has prevented an agreement in the past.