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  • A Net Neutrality Bill Passes Key Committee, Heads to Full Assembly

    Suzanne Potter California Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill to restore net neutrality in California now goes to the full State Assembly after it passed a key committee on Wednesday unscathed. In June, the Communications and Conveyance Committee sparked an uproar when it eliminated some key protections, forcing lawmakers...
  • BAIL BOND REFORM: PASS SENATE BILL 10

    Hilbert Morales EL OBSERVADOR EO recommends that registered voters encourage their CA State Assembly elected representatives, both State Senators and Assembly members to vote YES to enact Senate Bill 10 Bail Bond Reform; Pretrial Release. As Section I documents, during 2016, 66% of County jail inmates were being detained...
  • Bill Introduced to Establish NorCal Wilderness, Help Prevent Mega-fires

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new bill in the U.S. House would add to the Golden State’s protected wilderness and promote tourism. It also would authorize thinning forests to help prevent large forest fires. The Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act, introduced by...
  • Iowa Republicans Pass Most Restrictive Abortion Bill in the Land

    Roz Brown Public News Service DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa is a signature away from the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. Republican lawmakers, who control the Iowa statehouse, passed a bill Wednesday that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is typically around six weeks...
  • Bill Would Protect California Desert Water Resources

    Eric Tegethoff California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill introduced Wednesday in the California Legislature aims to protect water resources in the state’s deserts. Assembly member Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, introduced Assembly Bill 1000, known as the California Desert Protection Act, to strengthen safeguards for desert groundwater so that...
  • State Senate Committee Presses Pause on 5G Wireless Bill

    5G wireless signals won’t be hitting CA just yet Suzanne Potter Public News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Opponents of a bill intended to smooth the way for the rollout of next-generation cell technology are cautiously optimistic – after a key committee put the measure on hold on Monday May...
  • SUPPORT BAIL BOND REFORM…ENACT ASSEMBLY BILL 42

    Hilbert Morales EL OBSERVADOR Introduced by Assembly Member Rob Bonta (CA District 18; Alameda) and supported by six assembly members and four Senators, AB 42 seeks to reform the current jail bail bond industry. A Blue Ribbon Commission recommendation was to reform the current law enforcement-judicial system which results...
  • Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Combat Understaffing in California Dialysis Clinics

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced legislation on February 15th to improve staffing at more than 550 dialysis clinics in California.  SB 349, the Dialysis Patient Safety Act, would mandate annual inspections of dialysis clinics and safer staffing levels. Current law requires inspections of dialysis clinics every six...
  • Gov. Brown Signs Bill Reducing Barriers to Building Additional Housing

    Sacramento – State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s (D-Fremont) bill to reduce the barriers California homeowners face when seeking to build an accessory dwelling unit (granny flat) on their property will take effect this January after Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill today.  Senate Bill 1069 is the most extensive bill...