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  • California mayors urge governor to sign gun control bill

    California mayors urge governor to sign gun control bill
    A group representing 69 California mayors, including Los Angeles’ Eric Garcetti, sent a letter Wednesday to Gov. Jerry Brown, urging him to sign legislation that would make it easier to temporarily remove guns from individuals believed to be...
  • Lawmakers OK water plan, pass statewide single-use plastic bag ban

    After a lawmaking season that left them bruised by political scandal but salved by California's revitalized economy, state lawmakers were attempting to wrap up their work late Friday by tackling the complexities of water policy, everyday matters such as...
  • California bill would remove guns from potential offenders

    (Reuters) - A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence was sent to California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday for signing into law. The bill, one of several gun control measures up for...
  • Family members of Isla Vista victims urge passage of gun bill

    Family members of Isla Vista victims urge passage of gun bill
    Parents and other family members of three UC Santa Barbara students shot to death in the Isla Vista massacre appealed to state lawmakers Tuesday to approve a bill aimed at preventing similar tragedies in the future. In a letter, 11 relatives of Katie...
  • 'Gun violence restraining order' measure clears Legislature

    The Assembly gave final approval Friday to a measure that would temporarily remove firearms from potentially dangerous individuals. Lawmakers introduced the measure after the massacre near UC Santa Barbara, when a disturbed man killed six university...
  • Bill requiring warrants for drone use among those OKd by Legislature

    California lawmakers voted Wednesday to require that law enforcement agencies obtain warrants to use drones for surveillance and appeared poised to pass legislation that would allow guns to be confiscated from people declared dangerous. Assemblyman Jeff...
  • California Senate approves gun bill in response to Isla Vista attacks

    California Senate approves gun bill in response to Isla Vista attacks
    With support from families who lost loved ones in the Isla Vista massacre in May, the state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at taking guns away from people seen as a danger to themselves or others. The bill, which goes back to the...
  • Santa Barbara offshore drilling ban fails

    Santa Barbara offshore drilling ban fails
    Legislation to slap a permanent ban on oil drilling in state waters off Santa Barbara died in the Assembly on Tuesday evening. Facing strong lobbying from the oil industry, the bill, SB 1096 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), couldn't get...
  • Senate panel approves bills responding to Isla Vista massacre

    Responding to the Isla Vista shooting rampage, a state Senate panel on Tuesday approved legislation that would allow restraining orders to remove guns from the possession of individuals who are judged by family members, medical workers or the police to be...
  • Plastic bag ban advances in Assembly

    Plastic bag ban advances in Assembly
    A proposal to phase out the use of single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores was approved Wednesday by a key Assembly panel despite heavy lobbying efforts by the plastics trade industry, which warned it would cost the state thousands of jobs....
  • Lawmakers seek 'gun violence restraining order' after UCSB slayings

    Lawmakers seek 'gun violence restraining order' after UCSB slayings
    Last weekend's mass killing near UC Santa Barbara has spurred action in Sacramento, with lawmakers announcing Tuesday that they are seeking a new route to temporarily prevent potentially violent individuals from owning or buying guns. The measure, by...