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Nearly half of the 2 million Wells Fargo bank accounts that were opened without the customers’ knowledge or consent are here in California.  A new, narrowly tailored bill in the state legislature would give those fraud victims some additional leverage to fight back.

State Senator Bill Dodd says his SB 33 was written, in part, to open the way for class action suits by the defrauded customers of Well Fargo Band.

The April 15th deadline for filing 2016 income tax returns applies to all American, including President Trump. It is also serving as an occasion for renewed calls for him to make public his past tax documents.

More information about State Sen. Mike McGuire's SB 149 can be found on his website. Read the full text of the bill here.

Teaching Media Literacy

Mar 30, 2017

How prepared are today's young people to deal with the growing amount of misinformation on the Internet?  In today's North Bay Report we look at legislation to update public school curriculums to teach youngsters survival skills for the digital age. 

While some may be concerned that teaching students about fake news could bring politics into the classroom, the sponsor of SB 135, Senator Bill Dodd, doesn't think the legislature will agree.

California’s major public institutions would be required to weigh greenhouse gas emissions into their budget analyses when purchasing materials for large infrastructure projects, under a proposed new bill unveiled this week.

Ann Hancock, Executive Director of the Center for Climate Protection in Santa Rosa, Was cheered by the proposed legislation's approach, and its intent to include transportation costs in the assessments to be required.

Exhibit Highlights Disability Rights Activism

Oct 12, 2016

Almost 40 years ago, an unprecedented sit in at the Federal Building in San Francisco helped launch the nationwide disability rights movement.  A special exhibit coming to SRJC details that historic turning point.

The mid-70s were a time when political activism was gaining momentum among people with disabilities, recalls Stan Kosloski, driven in large part by a change in the way they viewed themselves.

Carbon Capture in New CA Climate Bill

Sep 28, 2016
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California's newly adopted climate change bill includes emphasis on carbon sequestration and other natural measures to remove it from the atmosphere. As Suzanne Potter reports,t hat has won the enthusiastic endorsement of several important conservation groups.

Manufacturing Efficiency Boosted with Clean Energy

Sep 27, 2016
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Increased use of clean power would boost manufacturing in California, not hurt it, according to a pair of new studies. Suzanne Potter has details.

Patents or Trademarks for Cannabis

Aug 30, 2016

  As cannabis transitions into a full-fledged industry, some of the big challenges that producers and purveyors face lie in the legal realm of intellectual property, such as trademarks and patents.

   One way in which legal uncertainly lingers around cannabis, says Santa Rosa attorney Danny Zlatnik, depends on whether it is ultimately regulated only for medicinal uses, or if recreational use become sanctioned. The latter situation would create a more relaxed environment, he explains, while categorizing cannabis as a medical compound could greatly complicate matters.

Agriculture Pitching in to Battle Climate Change

Jun 28, 2016

  Now that California is collecting billions of dollars from greenhouse gas emitters, some of that money is being directed to programs that help farms and dairies reduce their carbon footprints.  But while additional funds are being sought, the entire program’s future is uncertain.

Costly Hospital Readmissions in Decline

May 16, 2016
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  Just a few months after going into effect, the Hospitals and Family Caregiver Act, often known simply as CARE Act, appears to be succeeding in putting a best practice into law. Suzanne Potter has the figures.

  Are landline telephones going the way of the phone booth? It's a question the California legislature is examining, as Suzanne Potter reports.

Legislation Would Aid Beleaguered Bees

Mar 10, 2016
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  Pollinating honeybees in California could gain some protection from pesticides believed to be contributing to their decline, under a measure now under consideration in Sacramento. Reporter Suzanne Potter has more.

Congress Eyes Mental Health Measures

Sep 30, 2015

  The Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 is one of three similar bills awaiting action in Washington, D.C that have the potential to support and expand mental health services here in the North Bay.

Building Bipartisan Collaboration in Sacramento

Sep 1, 2015

A freshman state senator faces a steep learning curve upon arriving in Sacramento. One lesson that former Sonoma County supervisor Mike McGuire has embraced is rooted in the demographics of his district.

  State Senator Mike McGuire has also been in the midst of the long-standing tug-of-war over the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. Changes are overdue at the aging facility, he acknowledges, but the fast-track deadline to relocate the remaining residents at the SDC is a poor way to begin.

Legislature Urged to Address 'Wage Theft'

Sep 1, 2015
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  Wage theft--when workers are not paid for their time on the job--is a low profile issue that involves some big numbers. Suzanne Potter reports on the campaign to get the California legislature to crack down on it.

Mike McGuire’s First State Senate Term

Aug 31, 2015

  Eight months into his new job, representing northern California’s huge Second state Senate District, Healdsburg’s Mike McGuire is maintaining his usual frenetic pace as he wades into a new set of complex legislative issues.

  Facing a long list of issues to engage with in Sacramento, State Senator Mike McGuire says he allocates his efforts in accordance with four broad priorities.

Assembly Tries Again on Drug Cost Containment

Jun 9, 2015
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  Some California legislators are making a second attempt to rein in prescription drug costs for some common diseases. Suzanne Potter reports.

Expanding 'Motor Voter' Registrations

May 26, 2015

  

  Voter turnout hit record lows in California last year. So new legislation in Sacramento aims to increase registration, as a first step toward greater electoral participation.

Banning Microbeads

Dec 4, 2014

  The California legislature came within a single vote, earlier this year, of passing a bill to prohibit the use of tiny plastic microbeads in cosmetic products sold in the state. Backers of the measure are vowing to try again next year. KRCB’s science reporter Danielle Venton examines why they are a problem.

Implementing the FAIR Education Act

Oct 1, 2014

  A recent state law requires history, as taught in public K-12 schools, to incorporate the roles of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or disabled. A Sonoma State professor is leading the effort to suggest just how that could be done.

  For many students in California today, says Don Romesburg, a professor of Women and Gender Studies at SSU, a wider teaching of inclusion may simply reflect their world back to them, even at a young age.

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A new law goes into effect on January 1st which will allow undocumented immigrants to receive drivers licenses. We examine what this new law will mean for families in the area, and how law enforcement is responding.

State Senate Bill Would Streamline Solar Permits

Aug 7, 2014
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  A balky permitting process is deterring homeowners from installing solar systems, according to a California legislator. So he's proposed a measure to ease the process. Lori Abbott reports.

Federal Water Bill Benefits Sonoma County

Jun 2, 2014
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  Two incumbent congressmen--both up for re-election this week--held a joint press conference in Santa Rosa Monday. But the topic was water, not politics. 

The last big Federal water projects bill was passed in 2007. The new measure is smaller, and went through a more rigorous vetting process, but Congressman Mike Thompson says it still proved to be an effective vehicle for necessary local projects.

Among those local efforts, noted Santa Rosa City Council member Erin Carlstrom, was expansion of the city’s water recycling program.

Evans' Bill Seeks GMO Food Labeling

Mar 30, 2014

 Two years ago, a ballot measure that would have required labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients was narrowly defeated by California voters. Now that same issue is being debated by the state legislature, in the form of a bill authored by a local legislator.