Legislature

Any Collusion To Charge Ratepayers Billions For San Onofre Shutdown Is the Public’s Business

This Thursday morning, the California Public Utilities Commission begins a day-long public hearing during which it will vote on a staff recommendation to withhold amd redact vital records on a $4.7 billion settlement that stuck ratepayers with most of the tab to shutter a defective nuclear power station called San Onofre. It may seem perfunctory. It's anything but. What is at stake is nothing less than government transparency so that Californians can judge whether government officials are doing their jobs by representing their interests.

Bill Deadline in Sacramento Leaves Patients Hanging

With bill deadlines this week, the news coming out of the legislature for patients is mixed.

The hearing for SB 572, that would have eliminated nearly every disciplinary action by the Medical Board for doctors, was postponed. Since this week is the last chance for bills to pass out of policy committees, this scary concept is toast for 2017 unless there’s an ill-advised gut-and-amend later this year.

Single Payer Showdown In Senate

The first test for "Medicare for All" in California, the type of universal health care enjoyed by every other nation of similar economic means in the world, takes place Wednesday in the California Senate Health Committee.
 

Can Lawmakers Handle Drug-Dealing and Dangerous Doctors?

Democrats in Sacramento are basking in a national spotlight as reporters and pundits pick apart high-profile votes on transportation, cap and trade and immigration and speculate if, and how, they will turn a legislative supermajority into concrete action to resist Trump administration policies. Yet the industries that traditionally rule the roost in the statehouse are not sitting this session out.

Let State Gasoline Refiners Pay A Gouge Gap Tax To Fix California’s Roads

California oil companies churning out gasoline have gouged Californians for billions of dollars at the pump for years. That’s why Californians that already pay among the highest prices for gas in the nation should not be stuck with a $52 billion tab for fixing the state’s roads.

Instead, lawmakers should vote no on Governor Jerry Brown’s SB 1 legislation until it puts a Gouge Gap Tax on oil refiners instead of taxing consumers at the pump.

Tax Oil Refiners’ Windfall Profits, Not Consumers, To Fix California’s Roads

This morning, Governor Jerry Brown penned another agreement with yet another country—Scotland—on combating climate change. Then he testified before legislative committees on behalf of SB1, his bill to raise gas taxes at the pump to pay for needed road repairs by $52 billion over ten years, and a Senate panel passed it

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