California’s state legislative session has finally concluded, with Gov. Gavin Newsom signing bills late into the night on Sunday. Included in the bills the governor signed this term are the country’s strongest protections for renters, expanded health insurance coverage and legislation intended to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
Other measures signed address efforts to prepare the state for impending natural disasters, wildfire safety, economic resiliency and clean drinking water. The governor also vetoed quite a number of bills. In addition, the state has filed over 60 lawsuits — either alone or in conjunction with other states — against the Trump administration, in areas from environmental protection to immigration to funding for the border wall, with many lawsuits still pending. The state has both won and lost several of these suits along the way. CapRadio’s Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler, has an update.