California Senate

California Update for Monday, June 4, 2018

Jun 4, 2018
Rich Pedroncelli / AP

• A California lawmaker faces a recall election Tuesday that could strip Democrats of their supermajority in the state Legislature.

 

• No proposition currently in front of California voters has a stranger story than Proposition 70. It would amend the state constitution to change one vote in the Legislature next decade.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• The California Senate will swear in its first ever female leader Wednesday — and its first openly gay leader too. San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins takes the oath as Senate President pro Tem at a unique moment for the state.

• In San Francisco Wednesday the nation's first-ever court hearing on the science of climate change will take place. Major oil companies will answer questions like what created the ice age and what are the sources that cause the planet to warm.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Ezra David Romero.

California Update for Monday, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018
Jessica Paterson / Flikr

• The California Senate threatened to suspend or expel one lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct — but issued a letter of admonishment to another. The first senator, Tony Mendoza, resigned. The second, Bob Hertzberg, continues to serve.

• The cost of the bullet train just rose another 20 percent to $77 billion. The new CEO of the High-Speed Rail Authority also revealed in a biennial report that the time frame to complete the project has been pushed back to 2033.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, February 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018
Ben Bradford / Capital Public Radio

• An energized yet fractured California Democratic Party meets this weekend in San Diego for its annual convention. Tensions between the party’s establishment and progressive wings could shape races for governor, Senate and Congress.

• Democratic Senator Tony Mendoza resigned over sexual harassment allegations Thursday.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Sammy Caiola.

California Update for Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Jan 31, 2018
Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

• The California state Senate is attempting to circumvent a change in the federal tax overhaul that they say targets blue states.

• The California Senate has approved a bill that would allow judges to send criminal defendants suffering from mental disorders to treatment instead of trial.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.