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News Release
9/22/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — The California Senate completed Governor Jerry Brown’s consolidation of the California Public Utility Commission in the hands of three of his closest former aides and two of his former appointees, guaranteeing half a decade of influence by the utility-friendly Governor long after he leaves office, Consumer Watchdog...
Blog Post
9/16/2017
By Jamie Court
As the legislature ended its business for the year in the early morning hours, legislative leaders proclaimed a prolific progressive session. Not so if you care about consumer protection. Key public interest causes were abandoned because of the power of the usual moneyed interest groups and the dependency of state house politicians on them....
News Release
9/13/2017
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Sacramento, CA – A public backlash against Governor Brown’s eleventh hour attempt to give Western energy barons and Trump officials power over California’s energy and the state’s laws has ended for the year. Assembly Member Chris Holden has stated his last-minute bills will not go forward after activists and newspaper...
News Release
9/11/2017
CONTACT Jamie Court & Liza Tucker
Sacramento, CA – Consumer Watchdog today wrote the California Senate that a proposal backed by Governor Brown for a regional electricity market would allow Donald Trump’s appointees to invalidate California ratepayer and environmental protection laws. The last-minute legislation has the backing of some of the same corporate...
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...