California has a travel ban — 8 states, including Texas, are now on the list

California has its own travel ban. The new law took effect in January, banning state employees and officials from using tax money to go to states with laws it deemed discriminatory in regards to gender identity or sexual orientation — starting with Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. Source: California has a travel ban — […]
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Senate health care bill called ‘devastating’ to California – San Francisco Chronicle

Senate Republicans’ health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, released Thursday, would lead to millions of Californians losing health coverage, paying more for insurance or seeing their benefits scaled back, according to health policy experts. […] it would reduce federal subsidies that help 1.5 million residents buy health insurance on the state’s exchange, […]
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Legislature approves $125 billion budget with unusual provision – San Francisco Chronicle

SACRAMENTO — Democrats looking to preserve their supermajority in the Legislature approved a state budget Thursday that includes an unusual provision to help one of their own keep his Senate seat, a move that prompted strong opposition from Republicans who accused the majority party of interfering with the will of voters. The $125 billion state […]
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Nearly $50 million in the California state budget will go to expanded legal services for immigrants – LA Times

The $30-million legal assistance program, run by the state Department of Social Services, was first assembled to help thousands of immigrants apply for naturalization and former President Obama’s deferred action programs. With the additional money, providers will now also be able to help immigrants fighting deportation or removal proceedings. Source: Nearly $50 million in the […]
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California lawmakers pass budget 2017 bill | The Sacramento Bee

California lawmakers passed a spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday, meeting the state’s budget approval deadline with a $183.2 billion package that raises school funding, expands a tax credit for the working poor and gives the Capitol a greater say over University of California finances. Source: California lawmakers pass budget 2017 bill | […]
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