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News Release
6/14/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – A California Assembly committee approved a bill today to begin reversing the opioid overdose epidemic and save lives. More people are lost in California to drug overdoses than any other state, and many of those family members testified to their loss today. The Assembly Business and Professions Committee voted 15-0 to approve...
News Story
6/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Like 48 other states, California has an online database that records all the prescriptions issued for potentially habit-forming or abuseable drugs, such as OxyContin and Ritalin. The hope is that the system will deter patients from “doctor shopping” to obtain excess quantities of a drug, and help authorities crack down on healthcare...
Blog Post
4/20/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and that goes for blackout threats too.   The California Senate Energy, Utilities & Commerce Committee has set an oversight hearing for May 10th to ask state energy regulators about last week's controversial report that absent Aliso Canyon's gas storage there would be blackouts this summer in...
News Story
1/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - California lobbyists will no longer be allowed to conceal millions in expenditures after state regulators voted Thursday to force interest groups to itemize expenses in quarterly state reports.      The Fair Political Practices Commission unanimously approved stricter reporting rules that require...
News Story
1/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, the state’s political ethics watchdog, made a small but significant change to its lobbying rules last week. It adopted a rule that requires trade groups, corporations, unions and other special interests that hire lobbyists to separate and publicly itemize their expenses in the “...
News Story
1/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
California's elections watchdog is poised to force groups that hire lobbyists to reveal more about hundreds of millions of dollars spent to sway state lawmakers on climate change, education and other issues. In 2015, spending on lobbyists in the most populous U.S. state topped $243 million - nearly as much as the payroll for all of California...
News Release
10/22/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Lawmakers should overhaul the state Medical Board to create an all-public member board, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter to lawmakers today, and ensure physician oversight is conducted to protect the public interest, not doctors. The letter urged Senator Hill and Assembly Member Bonilla, chairs of the Senate and...
Blog Post
9/10/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
The power of California’s oil refiners is always felt but rarely visible in Sacramento.  It was on full display at Wednesday’s press conference when the Governor, State Senate leader and Assembly Speaker acknowledged that California's effort to lead the world by cutting petroleum use in half was dead for the year due to oil...
Blog Post
7/31/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
When the confirmation of California’s top toxics regulator was over, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon addressed the audience: “You saw democracy working…” But was this really democracy at work? The overwhelming majority of those in the room did not support the confirmation of Ms. Barbara Lee, a former air...
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...