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News Release
8/24/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – With a unanimous vote the California Assembly approved SB 482 today, legislation that will begin reversing the opioid overdose epidemic by requiring doctors to check patients’ prescription histories before prescribing. The bill now heads to the Senate for concurrence before being sent to the governor. “California...
News Release
8/5/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on California Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to restore key privacy protections to her bill (AB 1592) that would allow self-driving shuttle buses to be tested on California roads without human drivers. “It’s outrageous that you would capitulate to robot carmakers and surrender...
News Release
6/23/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today opposed SB 726, a California Senate Bill that would curtail the ability for critics to speak out against questionable business practices. The bill was introduced as gut and amend legislation by Sen. Ben Hueso. The Assembly Banking and Finance Committee will hold a hearing on SB 726 on Monday, June...
News Release
6/14/2016
CONTACT 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...
Blog Post
4/20/2016
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 Release
10/22/2015
CONTACT 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
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
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 Release
6/25/2015
CONTACT 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 Release
6/16/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
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...