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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Becerra said the state Department of Justice and the state Labor Commissioner’s Office plan to issue formal guidance to all California employers, public and private, notifying them of their responsibilities under a new state law called the “Immigrant Worker Protection Act,” authored by Assemblymember David Chiu, and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year that took effect Jan. 1. It seeks to prevent all workers, regardless of immigration status, from being detained at workplaces.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
The GOP’s tax overhaul would be “absolutely devastating” for California’s efforts to house its low-income residents, Assemblyman David Chiu said Wednesday, speaking from an affordable apartment building that couldn’t have been built without the tax provisions Republicans are seeking to eliminate.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

For years, state lawmakers stalled on a landmark deal on housing. Then we elected these people. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

For the fourth year in a row, California Governor Jerry Brown did not veto any of the LGBT-related bills that landed on his desk during the legislative session.

Among the eight pieces of legislation that he signed and will take effect January 1 are bills that make it easier for transgender or gender nonconforming people, including those in prison, to update their state-issued identification documents, reduce the criminal penalties for people who knowingly transmit HIV to their sex partners, and allow certain convicted sex offenders to petition to be removed from the state's registry.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

JAISAL NOOR: This is the Real News Network. I'm Jaisal Noor. Defying the deportation machine in the age of Trump. California has become the first so-called sanctuary state with Governor Jerry Brown signing a measure that would block cooperation between local and state law enforcement and federal authorities among almost a dozen other measures that would protect the State's undocumented immigrants. That's despite threats from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to cut funding from jurisdictions that defy calls to deport more undocumented immigrants.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

It is time for our state to acknowledge what our hospitals already know: Housing is health care.

Gov. Jerry Brown can take an important step in recognizing housing is health care by signing Assembly Bill 74 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The state passed the nation's most comprehensive law to make drug prices more transparent. It has also inspired other states to take on the pharmaceutical companies in November.

When California does something, other states pay attention. Not just because it's the most populous state, but also because it's one of the most progressive and has enviably dug itself out of a $26 billion budget hole.

The issue of drug prices doesn't appear to be any different.

On Monday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed what many say is the nation's most comprehensive law to make drug prices more transparent. It will likely result in similar legislation in other states. And a 2016 California ballot initiative on drug pricing is being replicated on Ohio ballots this coming November.