California State Assembly News

Calif. lawmaker kills bill that punishes lying lawyers after major donor opposes it, group says

By John O'Brien | Jul 12, 2018

A bill that punishes attorneys who mislead prospective clients passed California's Assembly with no opposition, but the state Senate won't even consider it. So, what happened?

Binding arbitration bill passes CA Assembly in face of strong opposition

By John Breslin | May 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO - A bill barring employers from inserting binding arbitration clauses into contracts as a condition of employment has passed the California State Assembly.

California Assembly takes on lawyer ads, unanimously passes bill that would punish misleading claims

By John Breslin | May 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO - California's lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at combating what supporters claim is misleading advertising by plaintiffs attorneys.

Unclaimed assets bill halted, sponsor says needs more work

By John Breslin | Apr 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A bill designed to stop California businesses being penalized for holding unclaimed assets has been put on hold as its sponsor believes it needs more work.

Anti-court clogging activist: Private Attorney General Act needs reform

By John Sammon | Feb 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Lawmakers are seeking to reform the state’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), adopted by the California Legislature in 2004, because they contend that even with the best original intentions, the law hasn’t worked out as planned.

Kiley to reintroduce asbestos trust bill in California Assembly

By John Sammon | Feb 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Staffers for California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley said his Assembly Bill (AB) 1056, designed to protect funds for the treatment of asbestos exposure, has been withdrawn but a new bill could be crafted later this year.

California bill would extend time period employees can file harassment complaint

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 6, 2018

An amendment to California Government Code may stand to extend the statute of limitations that allows an employee to make a California Fair Employment and Housing Act claim from one year to three years.

California Assembly committee want employers to utilize existing workers before hiring new ones

By Kacie Whaley | Aug 7, 2017

Members of the California Assembly's Committee of Labor and Employment are attempting to pass a bill that will require state employers to provide existing employees with more work hours before hiring new workers.

Assembly member Levine's battle to end 'pink tax' on consumer goods not over

By Michael Carroll | Jul 27, 2017

&&& California legislation that would ban gender bias in product pricing has been sidelined for this year, but opponents vow to keep fighting what they see as a job-killing bill that would unleash a flurry of “drive-by litigation.”

Civil Justice Association of California hopes to thwart pre-litigation subpoena bill

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 20, 2017

John Doherty, president of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), is appealing to lawmakers in hopes of thwarting a bill many feel will hamper local businesses by allowing city attorneys the power to subpoena before formally filing suit.

California State Assembly bill to cut back on Proposition 65 cases receives support

By S. Laney Griffo | May 29, 2017

A California State Assembly member is confident his bill to cut back on Proposition 65 cases will pass now that he has amended the bill.

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.

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