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Monday, February 13, 2017

In a debate that both sides agreed was largely symbolic, the California Assembly on Monday ratified a resolution criticizing President Trump's contentious executive order imposing new limits on refugees and other immigrants.

"I believe that this executive order does not improve our national security, but actually weakens it," said Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), the resolution's author.

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It’s not common for politicians to leave money on the table, but that’s what happened when a new state budget was approved this past summer.

Roughly $1.4 billion in revenue from California’s cap-and-trade program, which charges fees to polluters, will be collecting dust in a state bank account this year.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Rebates received by homeowners for replacing their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping will not be counted as income, according to a bill authored by a Los Angeles lawmaker and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

By not being taxed on the rebate, which can range as much as $3,000, more people will take advantage of turf-removal incentives being offered by cities and local water districts and help save water during the state’s severe drought, said Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SAN GABRIEL, Calif.—New legislation regulating massage therapy was passed unanimously by the California state Assembly on Friday.

The Massage Therapy Reform Act or AB1147 aims to reduce prostitution and sex trafficking in massage parlors while returning power to cities to regulate the industry.

Residents have complained that some questionable massage parlors are open late and lock their doors during business hours.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The state legislature approved a new law to regulate massage therapy late Friday, taking steps to decrease illicit massage parlors and human trafficking and give cities more control.

The Massage Therapy Reform Act replaces the original state massage law that created the industry regulating nonprofit California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) in 2009.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The state legislature approved a new law to regulate massage therapy late Friday, taking steps to decrease illicit massage parlors and human trafficking and give cities more control.

The Massage Therapy Reform Act replaces the original state massage law that created the industry regulating nonprofit California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) in 2009.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Following lawmakers in California ruling earlier this summer that same-sex couples have the right to marry, steps are now being taken to simplify the way in which same-sex parents complete the birth certificates of their children.

At present, birth certificates in the US state have space for a ‘mother/parent’ name and a ‘father/parent’ name, forcing same-sex couples to add their names to these two fields regardless of their gender identity. A new bill will allow them the option of stating their relationship to the child: ‘father’, ‘mother’ or, simply, ‘parent’.