There are nearly 100 billion neurons in the human brain, with 100 trillion connections between them. A federal effort launched last spring seeks to better understand how those pieces interact.
Democratic State Senator Ellen Corbett has introduced legislation that would create a California brain research program that could work in tandem with the federal effort.
“That will allow us an opportunity to figure out ways for tech transfer for new innovation and new, cutting-edge technologies to bring to the market."
~Ellen Corbett, Democratic State Senator
Corbett said such opportunities could also translate into an economic benefit for the state.
Scientists hope gaining a better understanding of the brain could lead to cures for many neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s or autism.
Fair Political Practices Commission chairperson Jodi Remke announced Tuesday that she will step down on Friday. It follows months of acrimony with other commissioners.
California Senator Tony Mendoza Resigns After Sexual Harassment Investigation, But Says He'll Run For Re-ElectionFebruary 22, 2018
His resignation followed an outside investigation, which found that Mendoza likely engaged in "flirtatious or sexually suggestive" behavior with six different women, including former staffers and fellows. The allegations date back to 2007.
Report: California Senator Tony Mendoza ‘More Likely Than Not’ Made Sexual Advances Toward Six WomenFebruary 20, 2018
A summary of the Senate’s outside investigation comes after the chamber’s Rules Committee met in closed session to discuss Mendoza’s fate for the second weekday in a row.
New legislative efforts supporting the “Me Too” anti-harassment movement could change the reporting process for victims filing complaints.
Women in California politics, protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the Capitol, distrust the response from legislative leaders.
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