California Legislature


Four furious weeks of deadline pressure await California lawmakers as they return to the state Capitol today (Monday) after their summer recess.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, their biggest debates include wildfire liability, bail reform, and net neutrality.

Immigrant rights activists are pushing for measures that would address access to health care, local business licenses, and income tax credits for undocumented immigrants.  Adhiti Bandlamudi reports from Sacramento.

California Assembly

The California assemblywoman who's led the #MeToo movement in Sacramento is speaking out for the first time about the sexual harassment allegations against her, and her remarks - aired on The California Report on KVCR yesterday (Tuesday) - are causing more controversy.  All of this occurs as the investigation into those allegations continues.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

The California Senate responded differently in recent weeks to sexual harassment allegations against two of its lawmakers, Tony Mendoza and Bob Hertzberg.  A leading California human resources expert says the  investigative findings justified the disparate treatments - but in both cases finds fault with Senate leadership.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

An outside investigation finds it "more likely than not" that California state Senator Tony Mendoza engaged in inappropriate behavior with six different women.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital  Public Radio's Ben Adler.

Los Angeles County Democrat Tony Mendoza is on leave from the California state Senate during an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.  But that's not stopping him from introducing bills ahead of a Friday deadline.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler Reports.

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The California Legislature finally appears set to enact whistleblower protections for legislative employees - and in some cases, even lobbyists.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Hundreds of California lawmakers and Sacramento politicos partied hard at last night (Thursday) at the annual Tribal Bash.  That's the big "welcome back" celebration thrown by Natvie American tribes at the start of each yer's legislative session.  But this year, amid the #MeToo movement, organizers made some pretty big changes -- even at the very last minute.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento had the usual reaction to Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

A third California lawmaker has resigned in the past month from the state Legislature.  Democratic Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas announced yesterday (Wednesday) he will step down this week for health reasons.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The California Senate has rolled out a new process for handling complaints of sexual harassment that the chamber's leader is calling unprecedented.  But it's not drawing universal praise, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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Two women say California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, a Democrat representing parts of the San Fernando Valley, sexually harassed them - including one who claims the lawmaker assaulted her in a bathroom druing a Las Vegas party.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports - and we should note:  This story contains graphic language.

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You could practically hear hundreds of jaws drop in the California Capitol during this week's Assembly hearing on sexual harassment ... when staff told lawmakers they don't keep track of victim's complaints.  But Capital Public Radios' Ben Adler reports there's no legal requirement to do so - for the Legislature, or any other California employer.

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California state Senator Tony Mendoza is going on the offensive in denying sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him.  The Democrat sent a letter to supporters this week blaming the media for his predicament.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The same room where sexual harassment was discussed by lawmakers in a hearing at the California state Capitol earlier this week is the same room where sexual harassment training took place earlier this year.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports people in the building say the current way of training is part of the Capitol's problem.

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Outrage over pervasive sexual misconduct at the California state Capitol is culminating in hearings to change rules that women say have allowed abuses.  Capital Public Radios' Ben Bradford reports the Assembly is undertaking a tricky, public self-reform that began with a hearing yesterday (Tuesday).

California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra has resigned, effective immediately, after multiple women alleged he groped them or made unwanted sexual advances.  And a California state Senator was stripped of his committee chairships yesterday, as attention on what is called a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in the state Capitol continues. 

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Leaders in the California state Senate say an outside firm will investigate all future sexual harassment complaints.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

For four straight years, the California Senate has quietly shelved an Assembly bill that would have provided whistleblower protection to legislative employees. Now, the sexual harassment turmoil at the Capitol could give the bill new life. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

California has more than 800 new laws on the books this year, after Governor Jerry Brown finished signing legislation last weekend.  Brown also vetoed more than 100 measures.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports state lawmakers know how the governor will act on their bills.

Governor Jerry Brown's office says Brown will sign a bill today designed to slow the pace that pharmaceutical companies raise drug prices.  The Governor also signed and vetoed other bills over the past weekend.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.

The California Legislature has adjourned for the year, after a flurry of votes into the early moring hours of Saturday morning.  Lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown hundreds of bills - about everything from a parks bond to pet stores.  They also struck major housing, transportation, and climate change deals this year, which many Capitol-watchers thought could not find support.  State government reporter Ben Bradford explains.

We'll give you one guess whom this next measure in the California Legislature is targeting:  the Assembly has approved a bill that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state's primary ballot.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on a debate yesterday (Thursday) that was hardly presidential.

The California state Senate and Assembly are hitting overdrive as the legislative year nears its end.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California lawmakers return to the Capitol today (Tuesday) with just two weeks to go before they adjourn for the year.  Capital Public Radio's B en Adler reports on the big issues they'll be facing before the Legislature adjourns at the end of next week.


California lawmakers could today (Friday) take the first steps toward passing a package of bills that seek to reduce the state's soaring housing costs.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, up to a dozen different housing bills could come up for votes.

Although Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have reached agreement on three key bills that seek to reduce California's high housing costs, they're still working to flesh out the rest of the package.  As  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the biggest sticking point is an issue called "inclusionary housing."

As the federal Obamacare repeal debate drags on, California Assembly speaker Anthony Rendon is calling for a universal health care solution.  But how will it differ from the single-payer plan that he blocked in June?  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains.

This could finally be the week that Governor Jerry Brown and California lawmakers begin to address the state's housing affordability crisis.  Or, maybe not.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has an update from the state Capitol on where the negotiations stand.


A group backing the recall of Democratic state Senator Josh Newman is now suing the state of California for a new law it says is meant to protect the senator.  If that sounds like deja vu, it's likely because you heard the exact same sentence a month ago, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.