News Stories

August 15, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is moving to eliminate what state legislators call an outdated Wild West law requiring that citizens help police upon demand.

Lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a measure eliminating the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872.

The nearly 150-year-old law makes it a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000 for failing to help police make an arrest or catch a fleeing suspect.

July 27, 2019

SACRAMENTO – On July 1, Senate Bill 41 was approved by the California State Assembly, promising to rid the civil damages awards system of discrimination. 

According to Senate Majority Leader Sen. Robert Hertzberg's website, SB41 was unanimously passed by the California State Assembly and will “prohibit the practice of granting historically marginalized groups lower damages in personal injury and wrongful death cases.”

July 24, 2019

When Julieanne Gerard first laid eyes on Cookie three years ago, the tabby belonged to someone else and was in the backseat of a car with a rope tied around her small neck.

The feline looked starved, weighing what seemed like one pound, even though she was about 3 years old, and her teeth were rotten. The sight horrified Gerard, who said her instinct was to immediately rescue the cat from her then owners, who she described as homeless and addicted to drugs.

Gerard scrounged in her purse and dug up all that she had to her name at the time, which was a $20 bill.

July 3, 2019

Three animal welfare organizations are applauding Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2019-20 state budget for including $5 million in grants to ensure the State of California supports local efforts to aid people experiencing homelessness and their pets. San Diego Humane Society, San Francisco SPCA and Front Street Animal Shelter have been working diligently in their communities to highlight the significance of the human-animal bond for people experiencing homelessness.

June 11, 2019

California is one step closer to providing the state’s burgeoning cannabis industry with legal banking services.

Last month, the California State Senate passed a bill that would allow private banks and credit unions to apply for state charters to explicitly handle cannabis financial transactions. Under this legislation, which the State Assembly and California’s governor Gavin Newsom must approve before it becomes law, these limited-purpose charters would allow such institutions to offer depository services to licensed cannabis businesses.

June 7, 2019

Businesses that use chatbots to interact with customers online may be affected by California’s new Autobot Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17940, et seq. (SB 1001), that goes into effect July 1, 2019.

May 21, 2019

by Jeff Daniels

LOS ANGELES — The California Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to create state-chartered cannabis banks to help the industry get around restrictions on access to banking services.

Under the state legislation, which was approved by a vote of 35 to 1, private banks or credit unions can apply for a limited-purpose state charter so they can provide depository services to licensed cannabis businesses. The measure, Senate Bill 51, still requires approval of the Assembly and California Gov. Gavin Newsom to become law.

May 21, 2019

By Reporter Lynn Walsh

A bill making its way through the California Legislature would provide $5 million to help shelters better serve homeless pet owners.

Senate Bill 258 is expected to be heard on the Senate floor this month. The bill would provide grants to California homeless shelters through the Department of Housing and Community Development. The grants would help cover the costs of providing shelter, food and basic veterinary care for pets whose owners are homeless.

April 23, 2019

California’s technology sector has had a tough year with state and federal policymakers, to say nothing of the general public. Concerns about the size and scope of internet firms have led to a “techlash,” bringing with it uncomfortable hearings and the resurrection of truly noxious policy ideas, like the Fairness Doctrine.

February 15, 2019

On any given night in California, more than 130,000 people are without a home. Walk through a homeless encampment and you'll find many of the residents with dogs or cats.

Gina Knepp of Sacramento's Front Street Animal Shelter knows most of those living on the streets aren’t shy about staying outside if a shelter won't let them bring their animal indoors.