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California Raises Standard For When Police Can Use Deadly Force

August 19, 2019 | Ben Adler

Nearly a year and a half after Sacramento police shot and killed Stephon Clark, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Monday that changes the legal use of force standard from “reasonable” to “necessary.”

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Proposition 13 Battle Gets New Momentum For November 2020 Ballot

August 15, 2019 | Ben Adler

One of the most expensive political fights in California history could be headed for the November 2020 ballot: a property tax increase that could raise $10 billion a year for schools, community colleges and local governments.

Nick Miler / Capital Public Radio

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Annual Softball Game For California Lawmakers Showcases Bipartisanship — As Republicans Struggle to Field Team

August 15, 2019 | Scott Rodd

Instead of Democrats versus Republicans, like in previous years, the two teams were a mix of party affiliations.

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Could California Efforts To Maintain Obama-era Environmental Rules, Enact Rent Caps Succeed This Year? State Senate Leader Is Optimistic.

August 15, 2019 | Ben Adler

California Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins spoke with CapRadio about her proposal to put Obama-era environmental rules into state law, plus the possibility of action at the Capitol on tenant protections and new rules for gig economy workers.

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California Senate Leader: ‘Gig Economy’ Deal Likely Won’t Be Included In ‘Dynamex’ Bill Expected To Pass This Year

August 14, 2019 | Ben Adler

Sen. Toni Atkins says she expects the Legislature’s efforts to “strike a balance” between companies and labor unions on whether gig economy workers should be classified as employees will continue beyond when lawmakers adjourn next month.

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5 Things To Watch Down The Homestretch As California Lawmakers Return From Summer Recess

August 12, 2019 | Scott Rodd

Lawmakers return to California’s Capitol Monday for a final five weeks of hashing out legislation with more than 1,000 bills awaiting action. The biggest debates will focus on rent control, consumer privacy and defining who’s an employee.

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