legislation http://kvpr.org en Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill http://kvpr.org/post/senate-committee-moves-ahead-fracking-moratorium-bill <div><p>A California senate committee has moved a bill forward that would place a moratorium on fracking. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the move comes less than a year after the passage of legislation that regulates the oil-extraction process.</p></div><p>Senate Bill 4 put several fracking regulations in place for the oil industry. SB4 also requires a study analyzing the health and safety risks of fracking. At the committee hearing, oil industry representatives called the regulations some of the strictest in the nation.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:51:51 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 30909 at http://kvpr.org Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill California Lawmakers Consider Medical Interpreters Program For Second Time http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-consider-medical-interpreters-program-second-time <div><p>For the second time in a year, California lawmakers will consider a bill that would create a medical interpreters program. As Capital Public Radio’s Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone reports, the bill’s backers say circumstances are different this time. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p></div><p>This year’s bill is essentially the same as last year’s. The state would pay interpreters to help Medi-Cal patients who have limited English skills to understand their health care.</p><p>Will Shuck with the California Assembly Speaker’s office says what’s different this year is the timing.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:43:08 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 30908 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Consider Medical Interpreters Program For Second Time California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-mandate-paid-rest-breaks-farm-workers <p>Paid rest breaks would become mandatory for farm workers and other outdoor workers under a bill now in the California legislature. The measure is an attempt to prevent heat related illnesses. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports.</p><p>People who work outdoors are susceptible to dizziness, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Nicole Marquez with the advocacy group Worksafe says farm workers are commonly paid based on how much they pick.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:14:17 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 30491 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/bill-increase-californias-minimum-wage-passes-legislature <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A bill that would gradually increase the California minimum wage to $10-an-hour has passed the State legislature and is on its way to the governor. It would be the first increase in the minimum wage in six years.</p><p class="p1">Democratic Senator Bill Monning says if you’re a Californian subsisting on the current state minimum wage, you’re living a second class existence.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:34:32 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 21544 at http://kvpr.org Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature California Lawmakers Adjourn for Year After Busy Final Day http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-adjourn-year-after-busy-final-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California lawmakers are done for the year.&nbsp; They adjourned just past midnight Friday after a busy and at times chaotic final day – and night – of action.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:21:07 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 21541 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Adjourn for Year After Busy Final Day Electric Bill Increase or Fairer California Power Rates? http://kvpr.org/post/electric-bill-increase-or-fairer-california-power-rates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation that could add a flat fee of up to 10 dollars a month on some California electric bills is up for a key committee vote Friday.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the measure has support from utilities and consumer groups – but it’s sparking pushback from environmental advocates.</span></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:38:47 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 20812 at http://kvpr.org Electric Bill Increase or Fairer California Power Rates? California Bill Would Extend Deadline on Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-extend-deadline-child-sex-abuse-lawsuits <p class="p1">A bill that would extend California’s statute of limitations on civil suits for victims of childhood sexual abuse has stalled in an Assembly Committee.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Democratic Senator Jim Beall says his bill would bring a measure of justice to people who may just now be coming to terms with childhood trauma.</p><p class="p3">“When they discover later in life, through therapy or whatever, that they were attacked by somebody, it allows them to go to civil court," says Beall.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:39:33 +0000 Max Pringle 20053 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Extend Deadline on Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Hollywood Actresses Ask Legislature for Paparazzi Control Bill http://kvpr.org/post/hollywood-actresses-ask-legislature-paparazzi-control-bill <p>A California bill that would stiffen penalties for the harassment of children of public figures&nbsp;has passed a key Assembly committee vote. &nbsp;And as Max Pringle reports from Sacramento, it’s picking up some celebrity endorsements.</p><p>Actresses Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry testified at the Capitol in support of&nbsp;the measure. Garner says the bill would&nbsp;stamp out&nbsp;a lot of the over-the-top behavior of the paparazzi.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:14:46 +0000 Max Pringle 20027 at http://kvpr.org Hollywood Actresses Ask Legislature for Paparazzi Control Bill In Sacramento, Lawmakers Start Sprint To End of Session http://kvpr.org/post/sacramento-lawmakers-start-sprint-end-session <p>After spending a month working around their home districts, California Assembly members are back at the Capitol to finish up final the six weeks of the legislative session. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, there’s no shortage of things to get done.</p><p>Members of the California Assembly buzz around the chamber like kids just back to school after a long summer break. Colleagues greet each other and catch up, having spent a month away from Sacramento on summer recess. And like a stern teacher, Speaker pro Tem Nora Campos had to ask everyone to settle down.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 01:35:00 +0000 Katie Orr 19525 at http://kvpr.org In Sacramento, Lawmakers Start Sprint To End of Session California Lawmakers Rush to Meet Legislative Deadline http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-rush-meet-legislative-deadline <p>In the California legislature this is the last week for bills to either pass or fail in their House of Origin. With hundreds of bills to consider, it’s going to be a busy week for lawmakers. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.&nbsp;</p><p>In lay terms, the “House of Origin” deadline means bills need to pass out of the house where they were originally introduced, either the Assembly or the Senate, by this Friday. Bills still in consideration include measures relating to guns, medical marijuana, minimum wage and many more.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:51:39 +0000 Katie Orr 15829 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Rush to Meet Legislative Deadline Pay Day Lending Battle Continues In California http://kvpr.org/post/pay-day-lending-battle-continues-california <p></p><p class="p1">A bill being heard in the California Senate Banking Committee Wednesday would limit the number of payday loans consumers could take out and give them longer to pay the loans back. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:07:23 +0000 Katie Orr 13724 at http://kvpr.org Pay Day Lending Battle Continues In California Legislation Would Increase Fines For Big Air Polluters http://kvpr.org/post/legislation-would-increase-fines-big-air-polluters <p></p><div><p>More than 15,000 people sought medical help from air pollution after the Chevron oil refinery fire in Richmond last year.</p><p>As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, several lawmakers say polluters should pay more for air quality violations.</p></div><p>Under current law, the maximum penalty for air quality violations is only $25,000 even when negligence can be demonstrated.</p><p>Democratic Senator Loni Hancock says in cases like the Chevron oil refinery fire, it should be more. She represents the Bay area where she says the average fine for a violation is just $500.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:03:48 +0000 Amy Quinton 12381 at http://kvpr.org Legislation Would Increase Fines For Big Air Polluters California Lawmaker Seeks to Expand the Roles of Non-Physicians http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmaker-seeks-expand-roles-non-physicians <p></p><div><p>A California lawmaker proposes to allow some healthcare workers to expand their range of services in order to meet the new demand for health care under the Affordable Care Act. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:54:50 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 12158 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmaker Seeks to Expand the Roles of Non-Physicians Legislators and Businesses Call for "Green Chemistry" Law Delay http://kvpr.org/post/legislators-and-businesses-call-green-chemistry-law-delay <p>Some legislators and industries are asking for a delay in implementing California’s law that regulates toxic chemicals in consumer goods.</p><p>The state’s “Green Chemistry” law requires businesses to identify and find alternatives to some chemicals that could be harmful.</p><p>More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers have joined the call for a thorough analysis of the economic impact of the regulations.</p><p>Ann Grimaldi represents the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. She says the regulations could generate unpredictable costs.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 02:07:30 +0000 Amy Quinton 5210 at http://kvpr.org Governor Might Have Had Prop 30 In Mind When Vetoing Bills http://kvpr.org/post/governor-might-have-had-prop-30-mind-when-vetoing-bills <p>California Governor Jerry Brown acted on almost 1000 bills this legislative session. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, political analysts say the Governor likely had his tax initiative in mind when deciding what to sign into law.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Brown vetoed about 12-percent of the bills that landed on his desk. Kevin Riggs, a former TV reporter who covered the Capitol for years, says Brown was trying to show voters that government can be responsible by vetoing legislation that might have harmed the economy, to give his November tax measure a boost.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 03:52:07 +0000 Amy Quinton 4833 at http://kvpr.org Governor Might Have Had Prop 30 In Mind When Vetoing Bills For Brown, Busy Final Weekend of Bill Actions http://kvpr.org/post/brown-busy-final-weekend-bill-actions <p>California Governor Jerry Brown cleared a mountain of legislation off his desk over the weekend ahead of a midnight Sunday deadline. Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on some of the bills he signed and vetoed.</p><p>Brown signed a bill that will give some juvenile murderers sentenced to life without the possibility of parole a chance at parole after all; a bill that bans a controversial form of therapy aimed at “turning gay people straight,”&nbsp;and one that will allow some undocumented immigrants to obtain California drivers licenses.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 15:40:22 +0000 Ben Adler 4794 at http://kvpr.org For Brown, Busy Final Weekend of Bill Actions Brown Signs Limited Ban On Open Carry of Rifles http://kvpr.org/post/brown-signs-limited-ban-open-carry-rifles <p>It will soon be a crime to publicly carry an unloaded rifle in California cities. Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that makes it a misdemeanor punishable by six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.</p><p>Carrying loaded firearms in public is already against the law.</p><p>Democratic Assembly member Anthony Portantino says he authored the bill after gun advocates began showing up in restaurants and public places carrying unloaded long guns.</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 21:56:29 +0000 Amy Quinton 4755 at http://kvpr.org Brown Signs Limited Ban On Open Carry of Rifles California Governor Signs Driverless Car Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-governor-signs-driverless-car-bill <p>Legislation aimed at getting the first driverless vehicles on the road in California was signed into law today. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill at Google headquarters in Mountain View.</p><p>Google has a dozen computer controlled cars – most of them Toyota Priuses -- equipped with self-driving technology. Designers say the robotic vehicles could make roads safer, since most car accidents are the result of human error.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 01:35:20 +0000 Amy Quinton 4550 at http://kvpr.org California Governor Signs Driverless Car Bill Governor Brown Signs Environmental Bills http://kvpr.org/post/governor-brown-signs-environmental-bills <p>California Governor Jerry Brown signed a number of bills Tuesday that he says are designed to help the environment and improve state parks.</p><p>The Governor signed two bills that will keep state parks open and improve their management. One of them places a two-year moratorium on any park closure. It designates 30 million dollars to prevent parks from closing, to match private and local donations, and for park maintenance.</p><p>Another bill requires the state parks department to create a plan to generate revenues and calls for tighter accounting practices.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:35:22 +0000 Amy Quinton 4548 at http://kvpr.org Governor Brown Signs Environmental Bills Governor Brown Signs Workers' Compensation Overhaul Bill http://kvpr.org/post/governor-brown-signs-workers-compensation-overhaul-bill <p>California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that makes changes to the state’s worker’s compensation system. The changes were part of a compromise between labor unions and businesses.</p><p>The law is designed to increase benefits to injured workers while reducing workers’ compensation costs for employers. It passed the legislature on a bipartisan vote despite some lawmakers’ complaints that there was little time to discuss it.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:36:41 +0000 Amy Quinton 4182 at http://kvpr.org Governor Brown Signs Workers' Compensation Overhaul Bill