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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.

Friday, September 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Governor Jerry Brown signed 15 bills into law Friday aimed at increasing affordable housing. The measures signed by Governor Brown provide funding for affordable housing, boost construction and strengthen existing housing laws.

"Today you can be sure we've got 15 good bills," said Governor Brown.
Sunday, September 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO >> State lawmakers this year passed bills that would give millions of Californians 12 weeks to snuggle with their newborns before returning to work, grant school employees six weeks of paid parental leave and offer moms and dads a place — besides a grimy bathroom floor — to change dirty diapers at amusement parks, theaters, sporting arenas and shopping malls.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Leslie Berestein Rojas | 

Several immigration-related bills are awaiting a signature or a veto by Gov. Jerry Brown, most of which are the result of state lawmakers pushing back against President Trump's stricter enforcement policies. Perhaps the most-watched measure is Senate Bill 54, dubbed the “sanctuary state” bill, which was passed and moved on to Brown's desk Friday. The bill limits cooperation between state and local law enforcement and immigration agents, prohibiting state and local police from asking people they stop about their immigration status or taking part in immigration enforcement activities.