CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2002 |
A simple epitaph sums up the 2002 bill-signing season: Labor won big. That's the conclusion of legislators, lobbyists and other experts after watching Gov. Gray Davis decide the fate of more than 1,100 bills in September. Davis turned labor's legislative triumphs into state law by signing most of the union measures that reached his desk, from comprehensive paid family leave for most Californians to pay raises for prison guards.
July 29, 2006 |
The Socialist government said it wanted to officially recognize victims of the 1930s civil war and offer compensation to relatives of the dead and imprisoned. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed during Spain's 1936-39 war, which was followed by the right-wing dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco until his death in 1975. Under a proposed law, relatives of victims would be able to apply for economic compensation.
February 11, 2002 |
State legislation intended to address California's housing shortage may have the unintended effect of reducing the tax revenue of the state's hard-pressed cities, according to a survey of business costs to be released today. The 2002 Kosmont Cost of Doing Business Survey also found that taxes, fees and other costs levied on business in California have stabilized after years of increases.
October 17, 2004 |
U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi (R-Ohio) introduced legislation in February to provide zero-down mortgage financing to first-time, low-income home buyers. The loans would be guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration, which currently requires a 3% down payment on most loans it insures.
July 21, 1989 |
Can minors go to video stores and buy or rent sexy, violent movies--R-rated or unrated--without parental consent? They often can. That's why state legislatures have been inundated with bills in the last few years seeking to limit minors' access to home videos that are aimed at adults. Currently 65% of homes with TVs also have VCRs. Many parents are concerned over their youngsters' access, through video rental, to movies they wouldn't be allowed to see in theaters.
June 12, 2005 |
Sacramento was apparently feeling a little green during the first days of June, judging from the willingness of the Assembly and Senate to act on two solar-power bills. The Senate passed a bill, introduced by Sens. Kevin Murray (D-Culver City) and John Campbell (R-Irvine), that would encourage the creation of 1 million solar energy systems by requiring utilities to subsidize such efforts and new home builders to offer solar roof panels as an option.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2005
The California Legislature recessed for the year just before midnight Thursday, after lawmakers had handled more than 3,000 bills. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Oct. 9 to sign or veto most of the measures that passed both the Senate and Assembly. If he takes no action on a bill by the deadline, it automatically becomes law. For more information, see www.leginfo.ca.gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2009 |
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she plans to introduce legislation today to establish two national monuments on roughly 1 million acres of Mojave Desert outback that is home to bighorn sheep and desert tortoises, extinct volcanoes, sand dunes and ancient petroglyphs. Its centerpiece, Mojave Trails National Monument, would prohibit development on 941,000 acres of federal land and former railroad company property along a 105-mile stretch of old Route 66, between Ludlow and Needles.
October 8, 2004 |
The House passed the most sweeping rewrite of corporate tax law in nearly two decades, a measure designed to end a nasty trade war with Europe and shower nearly $140 billion in new tax breaks on businesses, farmers and other groups. The measure was approved on a 280-141 vote, sending it to the Senate, where it was expected to be approved today.
March 24, 1988 |
The chairman of the House finance subcommittee said Wednesday that he will write legislation reforming the nation's financial markets without waiting for the Reagan Administration to resolve disputes among warring regulatory agencies. "For the investors of this country, justice delayed is justice denied," said Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.).