California State Legislature News

California’s chief justice applauds governor’s court funding, calls for civil justice reform measures

By Kristin Emery | Apr 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye addressed changes in California’s civil justice system during her annual address to a joint session of the California Legislature while also praising funding for the courts in Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget.

Attorney: California Legislature should take up credit card surcharge ban

By Karen Kidd | Jan 24, 2018

A U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that California's law banning surcharges for credit card purchases is unconstitutional should prompt the California State Legislature to take another look at the ban, a regulatory enforcement attorney said during a recent interview.

Gonzalez Fletcher's gender gap bill vetoed

By Angela Underwood | Nov 2, 2017

A California gender gap transparency bill will not become law in 2017, upsetting the sponsor who fought hard for equality in the workplace.

Lawmakers creating due process concerns, group claims

By Amanda Robert | Aug 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO - The leader of a California legal reform group sees “situational due process” as a growing concern in Sacramento.

Legal association president wants more public notice on contingency fee lawyers

By John Sammon | Aug 1, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The president of the Civil Justice System of California (CJAC) said he intends to craft a new bill to submit to the California State Legislature that would require greater transparency, public notice, from cities and counties that hire outside private attorneys to go after statute violators based on a “contingency fee,” in other words, only paid upon the successful outcome of a case.

California judge voices support for transferring judgeships

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 11, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to move two vacant judgeships from one county to another could gain the support of the judge who could be losing the slots provided his county’s budget is not impacted.

CALA to follow legislative session to protect small business owners

By S. Laney Griffo | Apr 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO — With the California legislative session in full swing, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse has found a series of bills it is supporting and opposing in order to prevent courts from being clogged and to protect small business owners.

Panel on track to present state Legislature with revised Political Reform Act, spokesman says

By Karen Kidd | Dec 8, 2016

SACRAMENTO, California – After beginning initial review last spring of California's landmark Political Reform Act, the Fair Political Practice Commission is on schedule to present the state Legislature with a proposed revision in January, an FPPC spokesman said during a recent interview.

California ACLUs seek to allow ballot selfies

By John Myers | Dec 2, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- California residents will be able to share their ballot selfies after a new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Cap and trade in California now tangled in high stakes suit and political changes

By John Breslin | Nov 22, 2016

The future of cap and trade in California faces uncertainty amidst an expected shortfall in auction income, the onset of a Trump presidency and a lawsuit that could dismantle the program all together. 

California arbitration bill draws opposition, would force cases out of state

By Dawn Geske | Sep 30, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Opposition has formed against an arbitration bill designed to increase time and cost burdens for arbitrators in California.

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