California State Legislature

A panel of experts on forest and fire management testified for hours yesterday (Tuesday 8/14) at a hearing in Sacramento with little to show for it.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on the fourth such meeting of its kind.

California legislative leaders from both parties will speak next week at UC Riverside  on the subject of bipartisan leadership.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


Supermajority Run For California Democrats

Oct 18, 2016

Democrats in the California Legislature are hoping to clinch a supermajority on November 8th by picking up two more seats in the Assembly and one in the Senate. Several Republican-held districts around the state are in their sights. Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed or vetoed more than a thousand bills this year, before his deadline of last Friday to act on measures passed by the Legislature.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on how that number of bills in California compares to other states.

A half-billion dollar spending bill is speeding through the California Legislature.  Budget committees passed the bill yesterday (Tuesday).  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, it's part of a negotiation to get a few Republican votes on a health care tax deal.

Listen to Capital Public Radio Network's coverage of Governor Jerry Brown's 2016 State of the State address, which aired live on 91.9 KVCR this morning (Thursday) at 10:00a.m.  In addition to hearing the entire speech given by the Governor, the following hour-long report includes pre-and-post speech analysis with Capital Public Radio's Beth Ruyak and CPRN Bureau Chief Ben Adler, joined by Republican strategist Hector Barajas, Democratic strategist Robin Swanson, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley and Democratic State Senator Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles.

The California Legislature hasn't overridden a governor's veto in 35 years.  That might change in the future, as a new crop of lawmakers tries to reclaim some of the power that's shifted to the executive branch in recent decades.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

Governor Jerry Brown cleared the nearly 200 bills remaining on his desk this weekend. He vetoed some and approved others. In this report from Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford, Governor Brown was not easy to pigeonhole.

The California Senate held two hearings yesterday (Thursday) as part of special legislative sessions ordered by Governor Jerry Brown.  The sessions will deal with infrastructure and health financing.  But some lawmakers wonder what they will accomplish.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

A bill pushed by an Inland Empire-area legislator received unanimous support on the state Senate floor, and now moves to the state Assembly.  The law would allow teachers, medical professionals, and police officers to make initial reports of non-emergency child abuse or neglect through a detailed and comprehensive online reporting system.  KVCR's Natalya Estrada explains.

Repeal of Benefits Limit Rule Moves Forward

Jun 2, 2015

The California Senate approved a measure on Monday that would repeal a rule limiting when families can receive additional state aid. Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr has the story.

The term "lynching" likely brings to mind brutal mob killings of African-Americans.  But the term has a different legal definition in California that some say is confusing.  A bill that would eliminate the term passed a state Senate committee yesterday (Tuesday).  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

A bill that would require warning labels on sugary sodas sold in California is back in the legislature after a defeat last year. The bill failed it's first senate hearing on Wednesday. Leslie McClurg reports from Capitol Public Radio.

California lawmakers are considering imposing limits on short-term online rental services like Air-B-and-B.  A Senate committee took up the issue this week.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

Republicans in the California Senate have introduced a state Constitutional amendment designed to assure more money for the state's infrastructure.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

California Democratic lawmakers who control the legislative agenda have made combating climate change one of their environmental legislative priorities.  But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, dozens of other environmental bills may garner equal attention.

In California, state policy is supposed to be set at the state Capitol.  But complicated politics mean policy changes can take years, if they ever come at all.  Increasingly, local governments around the state are taking the lead on a number of controversial issues, ranging from plastic bag bans, the minimum wage, paid sick days, even same-sex marriage.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr has this feature report.

Unmanned aerial vehicles -- more commonly known as drones -- are becoming increasingly popular.  Today (Tuesday), a hearing in the California state Senate will try to answer some of the questions drones create.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

California state Senate Democrats have unveiled legislation that would fulfill Governor Jerry Brown's climate change goals of reducing reliance on fossil fuels.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

In the last election, California voters approved spending billions of dollars on water management projects.  Now, some lawmakers in Sacramento are worried about where the money will go.  State legislators are holding water bond oversight hearings this week.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.