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PETA Statement re Gov. Brown’s Veto of Historic Elephant-Protection Bill

PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet has released a statement regarding Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a California bill that would have banned bullhooks:... The post PETA Statement re Gov. Brown’s Veto of Historic Elephant-Protection Bill appeared first on PETA.

Racial profiling bills draw praise from activists, criticism from police

The decision by Gov. Jerry Brown to approve a new data collection requirement to identify and eliminate racial profiling was hailed by civil rights activists Saturday, but law enforcement officials questioned the value of such reporting. The bill requires agencies to collect data on every stop...

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes crime bills with strong message about criminal justice system

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed a trio of bills that would have prohibited civilians from flying aerial drones over wildfires, schools, prisons and jails, despite alarm over close calls with firefighting aircraft. The governor rejected those and six other bills that would have created new crimes...

California measures target racial profiling and excessive force by police

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed bills aimed at reducing racial profiling and the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers, problems that have been elevated into a national debate by recent incidents across the country. One of the bills, AB 953, requires police officers to collect...

Bill awaiting Brown would subsidize farmworker union's health plan for 5 years

— Last year, the budget writers in Gov. Jerry Brown's administration held their noses when Democrats pushed through the Legislature a $3.2-million subsidy for a union healthcare plan. It was something the state would "hopefully get out of the business of doing next year," Keely Bosler, the chief...

California's toxics enforcer is given sharper teeth

In the wake of controversy over the delayed cleanup of a battery-recycling plant in Vernon, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a batch of bills Friday aimed at boosting the power of the state’s toxics watchdog agency. The measures signed by Brown will “strengthen penalties for repeat violations of hazardous...

Tough decision ahead, Brown spoke with terminally ill Oregon woman days before she ended her life

As he faces an Oct. 7 deadline to sign or veto a bill allowing assisted suicide for the terminally ill in California, Gov. Jerry Brown is being lobbied heavily by both sides. Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, and his staff have talked to terminally sick Californians, an indication that he...

Los Angeles waterfront gets help from Gov. Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed bills Friday aimed at revitalizing the Los Angeles waterfront, reducing recidivism by convicts, saving more people who have heart attacks and allowing law enforcement to seize more ill-gotten gains. In all, the governor signed 29 bills, including one supported...

California Finding New Ways To Extend Benefits Of Solar To Low-Income, Minority Communities

The California legislature has sent a bill to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk that aims to extend the benefits of solar energy to communities that often have no access to clean energy technologies.Assembly Bill 693 would create the Multi-Family...Show More Summary

California libel protection now covers online publications

Here’s one for the changing-media-landscape file: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill this week to update his state’s libel laws, bringing consistency to the treatment of print and online publications. “Our libel laws now rightly...Show More Summary

Gov. Brown mandates high school lessons to prevent sexual assaults

Amid concerns about sexual assaults on college campuses, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill requiring high schools that mandate health courses to provide lessons aimed at preventing sexual violence. One of 35 bills signed by the governor, the measure also requires lessons promoting affirmative...

California Gov. Jerry Brown rallies regulators working on new emissions plan

2 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

As California regulators prepare new steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Jerry Brown visited a public hearing near the Capitol to voice his support. The meeting, "while rather mundane, and not the subject matter for gubernatorial visitation, or journalistic inquiry, still is a very, very...

California News Media Proves Gender Pay Gap Is Real, Throw Support Behind New Wage Equity Law WSJ Calls "Foolish"

A Wall Street Journal op-ed falsely claimed that there is no gender-based pay-inequality in the United States and therefore no need for California's Fair Pay Act, which Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign this month. However, California...Show More Summary

Gov. Brown signs law easing challenges to traffic tickets

2 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

Californians will now be allowed to challenge most routine traffic tickets in court without having to first pay the contested fines. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday a measure passed by the Legislature in response to widespread complaints about escalating fines and a lack of due process...

Gov. Brown provides relief for ticketed motorists in California

 Californians will be allowed to challenge most routine traffic tickets without having to first pay the contested fines under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The measure, which takes effect immediately, was one of 37 bills signed by the governor Wednesday. Others help homeless...

Dear Governor Brown: I Don't Want to Die on Cancer's Terms

Several days ago, I sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, urging him to sign into law ABX2-15, California's End of Life Option Act. I feel compelled to add my voice to the growing chorus of those with cancer and other life-threatening...Show More Summary

Death, drones, drugs -- and other legislation that needs the governor's blessing

The California Legislature sent 941 bills to Gov. Jerry Brown this year, and he's working his way through them to make the Oct. 11 deadline. (Only 566 to go!)

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes off-hours use of carpool lanes on two L.A. freeways

Acting on a spate of bills affecting California motorists, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure Monday that would have opened carpool lanes on two major Los Angeles County freeways to wider use during off-peak hours.

Gov. Brown vetoes off-hours use of L.A. County carpool lanes

5 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed a measure Monday that would have allowed, during off-peak hours, all motorists to use carpool lanes on the 134 Freeway from North Hollywood to Pasadena, and on the 210 Freeway from Pasadena to Glend...

Proceed With Caution, Jerry Brown

The past few years in this country have seen a grassroots effort to change the dialogue on end of life care. Brittany Maynard became the poster child for choice, for autonomy, something we Americans love. She chose how and when she wanted...Show More Summary

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