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POLITICS | Lawmakers look at Restricting Military Gear Going to Police

POLITICS | Lawmakers look at Restricting Military Gear Going to Police

BY MASOOMA HAQ The violent protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police have re-energized lawmakers to end the tradition of distributing surplus military gear to law enforcement organizations. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said he would lead an effort in the House Armed Services Committee to restrict the Pentagon’s 1033 Program which has […]

POLITICS | California’s new labor law is a work in progress. Here’s how lawmakers could change it

POLITICS | California’s new labor law is a work in progress. Here’s how lawmakers could change it

BY HANNAH WILEY The California Legislature is considering nearly three dozen bills to clean up or repeal the landmark gig economy law … Assembly Bill 5 limits employers’ ability to label employees as independent contractors,  … …  Republicans want to overhaul it. Proposals from Republicans include exemptions for a slew of workers like youth sports […]

California Lawmakers Traveled to Hawaii During Wildfires

California Lawmakers Traveled to Hawaii During Wildfires

William Davis | Contributor As wildfires ravaged their state throughout the month of November, prominent California lawmakers took a trip to Hawaii with representatives from utility companies, according to a Fox News report published Monday. Top officials from the Golden State took their annual retreat to the Fairmont Kea Lani resort on Maui, where they […]

Congress, President Trump, and The Two Americas

Congress, President Trump, and The Two Americas

    By Mike Smith Lawmakers are not sent to Capitol Hill to vote based on how the president makes them feel—lawmakers are sent to Capitol Hill to vote based on what their constituents want. All this talk of President Trump somehow “alienating the Republican lawmakers whose vote he needs” is an addictive false idol […]

California lawmakers take a (small) first step to doing away with daylight saving time

California lawmakers take a (small) first step to doing away with daylight saving time

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lawmakers in the California Assembly approved an effort Thursday that could end with the state’s voters scrapping the biannual tradition of moving their clocks ahead or behind by an hour. Assembly Bill 807 is the second effort in as many years by the Legislature to revisit California’s use of daylight saving time. […]

California lawmakers propose relief for criminal juveniles

California lawmakers propose relief for criminal juveniles

By James Poulos In a fresh bid to reform California’s criminal justice system, Sacramento lawmakers have begun to advance several bills, many aimed at softening juvenile punishment. “Democratic state senators Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens are proposing four bills intended to keep more youthful offenders out of the criminal justice system,” as […]

State officials report expensive gifts and luxury trips

State officials report expensive gifts and luxury trips

by John Hrabe . State lawmakers and constitutional officers accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in international travel, order fine wines, advice rounds of golf and expensive meals in 2014, see according to annual financial disclosure reports filed this week with state ethics officials. Among the top gift recipients from last year was Senate President Pro […]