Home › California Assembly

California Assembly

News Story
6/30/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica-area state Assemblyman Richard Bloom should drop his bill to hike the fee for filing a state ballot initiative to $2,500, after the California Attorney General’s Office tossed out a proposal that triggered the bill, a local consumer’s group said. The call by Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog came after Attorney General...
News Release
6/25/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged Assemblymembers Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, to withdraw a proposal that would hike the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,500 from $200 after a court effectively halted an unconscionable initiative that prompted the bill. A Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday said...
News Story
6/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California Attorney General Kamala Harris does not need to advance a widely reviled ballot initiative authorizing the murder of homosexuals, a Sacramento Superior Court has ruled. The Sodomite Suppression Act has been condemned across the political spectrum. It has prompted both legislation seeking to raise the initiative filing fee and a debate...
News Story
6/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
June 19, 2015 -- Got an idea for a new state law or constitutional amendment? In California all it takes is $200 to get your political ball rolling. That filing fee, which goes to pay the Attorney General's Office for preparing a title and summary of your statewide ballot initiative -- allowing you to move on to the important next step of...
News Release
6/16/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that despite an amendment lowering the final amount, an Assembly bill to hike the ballot initiative filing fee still creates too high a hurdle for citizen access to the initiative process. AB 1100, by Assemblymembers Evan Low and Richard Bloom, would raise the fee citizens must pay to submit a...
Video
2/18/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
The California Assembly Judiciary and Assembly Banking and Finance Committees gathered today to discuss the data breaches atcompanies such as Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels. Target and Neiman Marcus refused to attend. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, appears before the committees to talk about why it happened and what can be done.
Blog Post
2/18/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
110 million Americans had their personal financial information breached at Target. That 's one out of two adult Americans. I was in Sacramento today to testify in front of a joint California Assembly committee hearing investigating the breach. And yet Target did not send a single representative to Sacramento today to answer questions about...
News Story
2/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — Credit cards embedded with microchips, which have dramatically reduced fraud around the world, are on their way to U.S. consumers, financial experts told California lawmakers on Tuesday. But they cautioned the transition will be slow and costly, and it will not be a cure-all to problems such as the massive security breaches...
News Story
10/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A contemplative Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez gazes into the distance as an excerpt on the same page declares his legislation to expand coverage for the poor the best path to health care reform in California. An unsuspecting reader might assume from the glossy, multipage mailer that Pérez is gearing up to run for statewide office...
Video
9/24/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Time and time again, the rules say that lawmakers can't vote for other lawmakers, but they are. Welcome to the California State Assembly line at crunch time and watch what is going on time and time again.