| May 1, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The California Legislature last year considered a bill that would have given workers a mechanism for collecting unpaid wages by filing a lien against their employer. It wasn't a perfect solution, but it would have made it harder for business owners to...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 3:44 PM
Workers in California are paid less than the legal minimum wage about 372,000 times every week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Their employers are seldom called to account. Even when they are ordered to pay back wages by the state, only a...
| Apr 8, 2015
| 7:23 PM
Latino lawmakers, who have increasingly flexed their muscle as a voting bloc in the Capitol, endorsed a slate of proposals Wednesday that includes efforts to increase voter registration and promote clean energy.
The package underscores how the...
| Apr 7, 2015
| 12:48 PM
Flanked by immigration advocates and lawmakers from both houses, California legislative leaders unveiled Tuesday a slate of new proposals to aid those in the country illegally, including offering state-subsidized healthcare and increasing legal...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 12:41 PM
It doesn’t really matter what you call the trip to Cuba that California Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins and a passel of legislators and staff are planning for next week. Trade mission or junket or learning expedition, it all equals the same thing: a...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 1:30 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers from both parties announced Thursday a $1-billion plan to deal with California's persistent drought, describing the legislation as a mix of short-term relief and support for long-term water projects.
"This is a...
| Mar 17, 2015
| 5:05 PM
State Senate Republicans on Tuesday asked for an oversight hearing to look into the slow progress being made by Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in reducing a backlog of gun owners who are not allowed to possess firearms because of crimes or mental illness.
| Feb 26, 2015
| 10:11 AM
California Senate leader Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) announced Thursday the appointment of former Democratic Sen. Ellen Corbett to a $128,109 post on the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, but one lawmaker is trying to put an end to such soft...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 5:47 PM
Antonio Villaraigosa’s decision not to run for the U.S. Senate next year has already become a hot topic of discussion at a Wine Country policy retreat by the California Legislative Latino Caucus.
The former mayor of Los Angeles is scheduled to...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 9:32 AM
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who has written extensively about the gap between the nation's rich and poor, will be among the speakers to be heard as California Senate Democrats embark on a two-day policy retreat later this month.
| Aug 27, 2014
| 11:25 AM
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed off on a deal that would more than triple funding for California's film and TV tax-credit program.
The compromise would increase funding to $330 million a year over the next five years. While that falls short of...