| Sep 4, 2013
| 6:11 PM
SACRAMENTO—California may be on the brink of another great oil boom. It consequently could be heading into an environmental disaster.
A state senator from Agoura Hills is trying to allow the first while heading off the second.
| Sep 12, 2013
Some level of regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is preferable to none. Except if the helpful aspects are canceled out by more problematic ones. That is the case with SB 4, passed by the Assembly on Wednesday. It goes back to the state...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 8:31 PM
SACRAMENTO — A heavily lobbied bill that would give California the nation's toughest regulation of a controversial oil drilling technique won easy passage Wednesday from the Legislature.
The bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who said Wednesday...
| Nov 24, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown has released draft regulations to govern fracking in California that very closely follow the lines of a bill passed this year by the Legislature. The problem is that the bill itself, though better than nothing, is not strong enough to...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 4:46 PM
The energy landscape of Southern California will look vastly different without San Onofre, officials said in a state Senate committee hearing Wednesday, the first in a series of public discussions on life without the nuclear plant.
| Jan 30, 2013
State lawmakers will hold a hearing next month to examine the regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in California. Unlike other major oil-producing states, California does not require energy firms to disclose where they use the...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 9:50 PM
In late August, state Sen. Tom Harman (R-Costa Mesa) missed a vote on a bill that would stiffen penalties against people who defraud senior citizens and tighten banking regulations.
Harman's absence had no bearing on the outcome, as Senate Democrats...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 1:19 PM
The California Senate on Tuesday approved a two-year extension of tax credits for the film and television industry, providing $100 million annually through July 2017.
"The film and television industry is critically important to the economic vitality of...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 12:05 AM
Democrats were within striking distance of a supermajority in the state Senate late Tuesday, and were drawing near in the Assembly as well, moving the party closer to unilateral power to raise taxes.
The potential gains, a result of sweeping changes...
| Jan 31, 2011
As Congress struggles to reform the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, California in the next few months is expected to issue comprehensive rules curbing chemicals in consumer products such as toys, cosmetics and plastics. On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Frank...
| Aug 30, 2011
The legislation, sponsored by State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) and State Assembly member Betsy Butler (D-Marina Del Ray) would ban BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups made or sold after July 1, 2013. It would also require manufacturers to use the...