The State of California Senate News

Concern remains over pre-litigation subpoena bill in California Senate

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 9, 2018

SACRAMENTO - John Doherty, president of the Civil Justice Association of California, isn’t willing to leave anything to chance over a bill in the State Assembly that would expand pre-litigation subpoena power.

Citizens group sees jobs threat in Senate Bill 63

By Glenn Minnis | Nov 15, 2017

Maryann Marino is among those concerned about the impact “job killing” Senate Bill 63 could have on business across California.

Senate Bill 33 described as job killer, consumer protection

By John Sammon | Oct 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 33, which would require arbitration of a dispute between a bank and a plaintiff even if a complaint was thought to be without substantive merit, has drawn the ire of state capital lawmakers who predict it would be a job killer.

State senator defends 'no' vote on California gender pay gap bill

By Glenn Minnis | Sep 8, 2017

California Sen. Pat Bates (R- Laguna-Nigel) stands by her no vote on the Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act bill that recently passed an approbations committee.

California arbitration bill heads to General Assembly

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 21, 2017

Democratic legislators in California are seeking to enact a new rule to allow consumers of financial products to litigate all contractual disputes, even in cases involving valid contracts that hold arbitration provisions both parties have previously given their consent.

Assembly OKs gender pay bill; senate vote awaits

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 13, 2017

California’s Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act has been returned to an approbations committee after the California Senate amended the bill to require employers with more than 500 employees to submit pay gap statistics to the secretary of state and publish them on a public website.

Controversial consumer protection bill is abandoned by sponsor

By Michael McGrady | Jun 8, 2017

A senate proposal pushed by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has been declared inactive by the bill sponsor after a major outpouring of opposition to the legislation ultimately threatened the bill’s passage.

The Miller Law Firm recovers $1.5M for San Francisco historic landmark

By Christopher Knoll | Feb 23, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — The homeowners association for a historic landmark in San Francisco has received $1.5 million settlement following application to the Senate Bill 800 claims process years earlier.

California Senate bill would create third gender option for state ID

By Sara McCleary | Feb 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO — The California State Senate is considering a bill that would create a third gender option on state identification.

Efforts continue to boot Judge Aaron Persky from the courtroom after Stanford rape case

By Quinten Plummer | Oct 12, 2016

SANTA CLARA - Efforts to recall a now infamous Santa Clara judge continue while opposition has sprung up against a bill that prevents courts from handing down short sentences like the one Judge Aaron Persky handed down in the Stanford rape case.

New trademark law welcomed by company in dispute over Yosemite marks

By Sean Fowler | Sep 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO – A company involved with a copyright dispute case involving Yosemite National Park welcomes a potential new law designed to prevent the dispute, but is still more focused on the process of its case.

State Bar fee legislation amended, Bar prepares high court submission 'in the event that is necessary'

By Carrie Salls | Aug 23, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly voted on new amendments on Aug. 19 related to a heavily disputed State Bar of California fee bill, which authorizes the agency to collect annual licensing fees from attorneys.

Term limit removes experience as a factor in District 11 Senate race

By Sharon Brooks Hodge | Jun 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Whether it’s Jane Kim or Scott Wiener who wins California’s 11th District State Senate race, it likely will take four or five years for either to learn the job and become effective, says a political scientist.

Yamada looks to add state senator to public service resume

By Carrie Salls | May 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Mariko Yamada hopes her 42 years of experience in public service and her personal and professional background will launch her to victory in the contested race for the 3rd District California State Senate seat.

Gender bias bill is a 'gotcha' law for retail industry, opponent says

By Rodric J. Hurdle-Bradford | Apr 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO - The California State Assembly’s reputation for passing a lot of laws that often do not match their advertised efficiency once implemented is part of a debate behind Senate Bill 899 – a proposal that purports to end gender bias with equal pricing in the retail sector.

Latest additions to Electronic Communications Privacy Act might be too much, lawyer says

By Mark Powell | Apr 21, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – California has always been at the forefront of data security, but three recent updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act have left some legal experts wondering if the state has gone too far.

Bill allowing some public access to police discipline records clears Senate panel

By Michael Carroll | Apr 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO – An amended bill designed to increase the public’s access to records about police discipline cases in California cleared a key hurdle last week as the state Senate’s Public Safety Committee gave the bill a 5-1 vote of confidence.

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