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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Californians routinely use their credit cards to buy songs and videos on the Internet, so a worried state Senate on Thursday approved a measure to protect consumers' information from being misused. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) proposed SB 383 in response to cases in which hackers have been able to steal the personal financial information of millions of credit card users. Her measure would limit online merchants to collecting personal information from consumers only if it is necessary to combat identity theft.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy
Elected officials would no longer be able to hide expensive gifts of overseas travel donated by nonprofits and businesses, under rules given preliminary approval Thursday by the state's political ethics watchdog. The rules were proposed by the commission staff after The Times reported that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had been taking free overseas trips on luxury jets leased by a taxpayer-subsidized charity linked to the California Chamber of Commerce. The governor's office had avoided fully disclosing payments of $1.7 million by the nonprofit, the California State Protocol Foundation, for the governor's jets, hotel suites and support staff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1991
California's economy, with all its great diversity, affords us a real opportunity to reverse the trends. Our new agenda must revamp state policy in a number of critical areas. As chairman of the California Chamber of Commerce, I propose the following: Reapportionment--The new districts must strengthen democracy by genuinely reflecting the wishes of the voters, not by providing safe havens for entrenched politicians. Education--The school system needs a major overhaul. Parents, principals, teachers and school site administrators need more autonomy in the decision-making process and they must be accountable for their actions.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers for years have been battling ravenous metal thieves, who pull copper wires out of street lights, grab rebar from construction sites, and steal pumps and other costly equipment from farmers' fields. Now, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert), is trying to put more manpower and money into the fight. Nestande's bill, AB 2313, would create a metal theft task force within the attorney general's office that would provide grants to local police and prosecutors.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2013 | Marc Lifsher
Hundreds of items found on supermarket shelves, such as shampoos, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and food packaging, could get chemical makeovers under new rules being put in force by California. On Thursday, state toxic chemical regulators will unveil what they say is the nation's most comprehensive program for identifying and reformulating common consumer products containing hazardous chemicals. In the past, the state took a piecemeal approach. Lawmakers would ban specific chemicals from particular products, such as bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Chris Megerian and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The Assembly passed a proposal Thursday to hike California's minimum wage from $8 to $9.25 an hour over the next three years and require future increases to keep pace with inflation. Higher wages would "allow our families to provide for their children, pay their bills and give them dignity and respect," said Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), the bill's author. The measure, which now goes to the Senate, was one of scores that lawmakers advanced as they raced to meet an internal deadline to keep legislation moving.
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