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April 18, 2018

by Patrick McGreevy

California would license special banks to handle billions of dollars generated by the legal marijuana market under legislation buoyed by recent comments from the Trump administration and given initial approval by state lawmakers Wednesday.

April 11, 2018

California pays the highest traffic fines in the country. For many, these fines can lead to cycles of debt. A recent report has shown that these fines disproportionately affect low income communities and communities of color. California Senator Bob Hertzberg joins Gina Dalma, vice president of government relations for SVCF in a conversation about how California got here and how reforms are beginning to help individuals. The discussion closes with advice from Sen. Hertzberg on how organizations can effectively push for policy reform.

April 7, 2018

By Mike Mielke

While the rains of March and early April were a welcome relief, they will likely do little over the long-term to lift California out of its water crisis. That’s because the state’s single largest source of water storage – the Sierra Snowpack – has been reduced considerably in recent decades and is projected to shrink more in the future, as we enter a “new normal” with hotter and drier years to come due to man-made climate change.

April 3, 2018

By Selina Wang

California has proposed legislation that would require social platforms like Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. to identify automated accounts, or bots, amid a push by state lawmakers to police the technology companies that have proven vulnerable to manipulation and the spread of fake news.

March 31, 2018

By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and SHAILA DEWAN

Most bail bond agents make it their business to get their clients to court. But when Ronald Egana showed up at the criminal courthouse in New Orleans, he was surprised to find that his bondsman wanted to stop him.

A bounty hunter was waiting at the courthouse metal detector to intercept Mr. Egana and haul him to the bond company office, he said. The reason: The bondsman wanted to get paid.

March 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — President Donald Trump has said Facebook and Twitter may have helped him win the presidency, but with the spread of fake news online, how effective will social media be in this upcoming election?

“Many of my students get their news now from social media from Facebook and Twitter,” said Andy Jones.

UC Davis Journalism Professor Andy Jones says social media’s spread of fake news may be endangering democracy. But studies show 98 percent of teens are on it.

March 2, 2018

By Tony Romm

Alonzo Washington delivered a dire warning to his fellow delegates in Maryland’s legislature last month: Russia might try to influence their elections, too.

So the Democratic veteran set about doing something that’s eluded his federal counterparts in the nation’s capital: advancing legislation to regulate tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter.

February 19, 2018

by Mark Madler

A San Fernando Valley lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow cannabis business owners to start a limited charter bank in California.

State Sen. Robert Hertzberg said such a financial institution will improve business operations for dispensaries and other suppliers to the industry as well as address public safety issues as the businesses won’t be handling large amounts of cash.

Hertzberg called his bill a simple solution to a problem that will only become worse now that recreational marijuana sales are legal in the state.

February 9, 2018

By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

As Gov. Jerry Brown loves to point out, revenue in California goes up and down like a roller coaster because of the state’s over-reliance on volatile income and capital gains taxes. This whipsaws public schools and wreaks havoc with many agencies.

February 5, 2018

By Chris Nichols

Social media companies such as Twitter would be required to identify automated accounts, known as bots, under a new bill scheduled to be introduced in the California Legislature this week.

Democratic state Sen. Bob Hertzberg of Los Angeles said his bill would not ban bots. Instead, it would shed light on the fake accounts that simulate real people and spread waves of false information across their platforms, the lawmaker said.

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