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News Story
11/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
California is the only state where the average price paid for auto insurance has gone down since 1989, according to a report published Tuesday by the Consumer Federation of America. The report attributed the decrease mainly to Proposition 103, an initiative passed by voters in 1988 that, among other things, required property and casualty insurers...
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.
News Story
9/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
New Law Will Take Effect in January 2015 Posting spring break photos on Facebook. Watching "Battlefield Earth" on Netflix. Tweeting anything with #YOLO. These are just a handful of things people have done on the Internet that they may regret in the future. But a new California law is giving young people the chance to scrub their online...
News Story
9/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In early 2011, Mozilla added a do-not-track feature in its Firefox browser that allowed users to clearly state that they didn't want their online activities monitored by websites and advertisers. Other browser vendors soon followed suit, including Microsoft, Apple and Google, seemingly handing consumers a simple way to protect their...
News Story
9/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Frustrated by a lack of action at the federal level, privacy advocates pushing for an online Do Not Track law are hoping a California measure will kindle a national debate. Called the Online Tracking Transparency Act, the bill requires websites to inform users whether and how they honor “do not track” signals that...
News Story
9/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A bill to suspend licenses for physicians accused of overprescribing medication has passed the California Legislature, but supporters aren’t happy. Senate Bill 670, authored by Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, would have temporarily restricted doctors who are accused of harming patients by improperly prescribing medicine. But last-...
News Release
9/12/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA—In the fine print of “environmental justice” legislation, AB 1330 (Speaker John Perez) is a huge to gift to polluters that allows the state’s toxics regulator to make a plan for “reducing the disposal of hazardous waste that may post a significant threat to human health or the environment to the...
News Release
9/11/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Association blocked another bill aimed at improving patient safety yesterday, prompting consumer advocates and families harmed by dangerous doctors to consider amending a pending patient safety ballot measure to include those reforms the legislature fails to enact this year. SB 670 (Steinberg) would...
News Release
9/9/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Californians can look forward to hazardous waste being “left in place” instead of removed and sent to specially constructed and licensed facilities if lawmakers vote through a gut-and-amended Assembly Bill 1330 without new amendments this week, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog called on author...