Op-Ed: Plastic waste has gotten out of hand. Ban plastic foam take-out boxes – LA Times

The Ocean Pollution Reduction Act of 2017 (SB 705) would ban stores and restaurants from using polystyrene containers for prepared food starting in 2020.  The growing patchwork of more than 100 local ordinances shows concern about plastic waste is high in California’s communities — and that the time is right for lawmakers to take the […]
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Lawmakers aim to move California’s presidential primary right behind Iowa and New Hampshire – LA Times

California lawmakers announced a new effort on Tuesday to move the state’s 2020 primary up by three months, even giving the governor power to accelerate the timeline in hopes of closely following elections in Iowa and New Hampshire. The new efforts would also move the state’s congressional and legislative primaries to March from their traditional […]
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Gas tax vote prompts recall campaign against Southern California Democrat | The Sacramento Bee

Carl DeMaio, a talk radio host and former city councilman in San Diego, said Tuesday that plans are moving forward to recall Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, who voted for the road repair package paid for by fuel taxes and registration fees. While the gas tax is the impetus of the action, members of the coalition […]
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State lawmakers have spent a lot of time on professional sports stadiums — and they have little to show for it – LA Times

California lawmakers have spent a lot of time on professional sports stadiums — and they have little to show for it Source: State lawmakers have spent a lot of time on professional sports stadiums — and they have little to show for it – LA Times
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California legislative leaders resist open-government law – San Francisco Chronicle

Proposition 54, supported by voters in all 58 counties, requires a bill to be in print and available online for 72 hours before a vote by the state Senate or Assembly. Violate that rule, the constitutional amendment dictated, and the law is invalid. But there is no doubt that the Legislature’s leaders, especially Assembly Speaker […]
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Nearly $1 billion in side deals by Gov. Brown and Democratic leaders cemented the legislative vote to raise the gas tax – LA Times

Gov. Jerry Brown would not have won legislative approval of a gas tax increase without providing nearly $1 billion in side deals that put money into the pet projects of lawmakers who were holdouts Source: Nearly $1 billion in side deals by Gov. Brown and Democratic leaders cemented the legislative vote to raise the gas […]
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