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California’s New Budget Will Fine Cities Up To $600,000 Per Month For Not Building Enough Housing

June 27, 2019 | Ben Adler

Gov. Gavin Newsom has reached an agreement with Democratic legislative leaders on how to incentivize local governments to build more housing — with a carrot and a really big stick. And on Thursday evening, he signed his first California budget.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom Must Act On His First California Budget By Midnight Tonight. Here’s What’s In It.

June 26, 2019 | Ben Adler

Newsom asked for so much in his first state budget that he spent nearly two hours discussing it with reporters in January. Nearly six months later, he’s about to get much of what he wanted.

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California Inches Closer To Banning Sale And Manufacture Of Single-Use Plastics

June 26, 2019 | Ezra David Romero

California’s getting serious about reducing plastic pollution. If two state bills become law this legislative session, they could revolutionize how the state — and the nation — deals with plastic pollution.

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California To Require Background Checks For Ammo Purchases

June 25, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom and other proponents said it will save lives but opponents are suing in hopes of eventually undoing a law they said will mostly harm millions of law-abiding gun owners.

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California Legislature OKs Health Insurance Mandate

June 24, 2019

(AP) — The California Legislature voted Monday to tax people who refuse to buy health insurance, bringing back a key part of former President Barack Obama's health care law after it was eliminated by Republicans in Congress.

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