California road funding package takes shape | The Sacramento Bee

The Brown administration and Democratic legislative leaders have set an April 6 deadline to pass a California transportation funding overhaul. People would pay higher gas taxes and registration fees under the various proposals. Assembly Republicans intend to put forward their own plan. Source: California road funding package takes shape | The Sacramento Bee
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Fearing Trump, California lawmakers move to safeguard environmental rules – San Francisco Chronicle

Concerned about threats by the Trump administration to weaken environmental and whistle-blower protection laws, California lawmakers introduced three bills Thursday to try to keep federal standards as they are — at least in this state. Source: Fearing Trump, California lawmakers move to safeguard environmental rules – San Francisco Chronicle
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Lawmaker wants to give Californians a break for pet healthcare | The Sacramento Bee

Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, introduced Assembly Bill 942 on Friday, February 17 to give pet owners a break on vaccinations, check-ups, surgeries, x-rays, prescriptions and other medical-related expenses for their four-legged friends. The bill allows Californians to write off half the money they spent on veterinary costs for dogs and pets up to $2,000 per year. […]
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With term limits and political roadblocks ahead, what’s next for California Senate leader Kevin de León? – LA Times

Kevin de León has started his third year as leader of the California state Senate facing threats to his left-leaning agenda from President Trump , and uncertainty over the future path of his political career. The Los Angeles Democrat says he is so focused on his job and playing defense against Washington that he has not decided […]
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California bill would require caps tethered to plastic bottles | The Sacramento Bee

Bottle caps are one of the most frequent items found at annual beach and watershed clean-ups, threatening wildlife that thinks they are food and costing local communities millions of dollars to address the plastic debris. The bill could face a significant challenge from the influential beverage industry, which has aggressively blocked recent efforts to tax […]
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