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State Government Reporter
Scott Rodd previously covered government and legal affairs for the Sacramento Business Journal. Prior to the Business Journal, Scott worked as a freelance reporter in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., contributing to the Washington Post, New York Times, Stateline, the New York Observer and Next City. Scott grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, and studied English literature at Susquehanna University.
January 21, 2020
Dozens of horses died at the track last year, prompting legislation and a state investigation.
January 16, 2020
Sacramento has held property owners responsible for cannabis grown on their property by a tenant, even if they can prove they didn’t know about it. The city just scrapped that rule.
January 15, 2020
A bill in the California Legislature would create a task force to assist with the cases. It’s a rare instance of state and the Trump administration agreeing on an issue.
Advocates Say Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Budget Proposal Leaves Out Funding For Sexual And Domestic Violence Prevention
January 13, 2020
Advocates say prevention funding has been dwindling in the last couple years. The governor’s budget proposes $1.8 million in ongoing funding after the Legislature allocated $5 million in one-time funding last year.
January 10, 2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced his 2020-2021 budget proposal Friday, including a new fund to address the homelessness crisis, more money for Cal Fire to fight wildfires, and a plan to create a generic drug label for the state.
It's Legal For Motorcycle Riders To Split Lanes In California. It's Less Clear If The Practice Is Unsafe.
January 7, 2020
While some drivers suspect it’s illegal for motorcycle riders to drive between traffic, California has always allowed lane-splitting. Data aren't conclusive one way or the other on if safer for riders.
January 4, 2020
California's new law, AB5, which aims to reclassify some contract workers as employees, went into effect Jan. 1. Industries are working to figure out how to comply, or work around the law.
Nearly All Employees In California Will Receive Sexual Harassment Prevention Training In 2021 Under New Law
December 24, 2019
The law grew out of the Me Too and We Said Enough movements, which sparked a flurry of legislation to address sexual misconduct.
Sacramento Serves As Guide, Cautionary Tale As More California Governments Use Steep Fines Against Illegal Pot Grows
December 18, 2019
From Stanislaus County to Malibu, local governments are hitting property owners with heavy fines to curb illegal pot grows.
December 11, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg also received an endorsement from Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs.