September 26, 2013 |
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.
December 10, 2012 |
A Russian-led proposal by a coalition of countries to place further government regulation over the Internet has been withdrawn. The plan under consideration by the International Telecommunication Union would have given countries the power to block the Internet from some locations, according to Reuters. Additionally, the plan would have taken control of the allocation of Internet addresses away from ICANN, a U.S.-based organization that is under contract to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
October 18, 2012
Re "Gasoline in the Golden State," Letters, Oct. 16 Maybe Charles T. Drevna, the president of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers - who blamed high gas prices on government regulation - didn't live in L.A. when the air quality was so poor that the mountains were hidden from view. I remember; the smog was so bad I would come inside after playing with my lungs hurting. Finally, because of better emissions standards, our air is cleaner, public health is improved and we can see our gorgeous mountains again.
June 1, 2012 |
Three bills that aim to reform and regulate Buy Here Pay Here used-car dealers moved forward this week in the California Legislature, winning floor votes that clear a significant hurdle to final passage. On Thursday, the state Senate passed a bill that would cap interest rates charged by the dealers at 17.25%. It also would require them to register with the state as finance lenders and would limit the ways that cars from Buy Here Pay Here lots can be repossessed. The bill, by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)
June 1, 2012 |
Construction costs may go up, but new and remodeled homes and buildings will consume much less conventional power starting in a year and a half when the state's newest energy efficiency standards take effect. The California Energy Commission voted 4 to 0 on Thursday to tighten regulations that govern lighting controls, hot-water pipes, windows, insulation and other systems in new buildings and building additions. The rules, which kick in Jan. 1, 2014, will reduce wasted energy in heating, cooling and lighting 25% over current standards for new homes and about 30% for commercial structures, state experts estimated.
March 23, 2012 |
Sensing a fresh threat to state and federal healthcare reforms, California insurance officials are seeking new limits on a controversial form of health coverage insurers are selling to small employers. At issue is a new type of self-insurance for small businesses with as few as 25 workers. Critics said insurers such as Cigna Corp. are using these new plans to game the system and cherry-pick companies with healthier workers. They said this could undermine a key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act to lower premiums by pooling together more healthy and sick Americans into insurance exchanges.