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June 27, 2019

Why a California lawmaker wants to ban cigarette filters and disposable vapes

By Rachel Becker | June 25, 2019 | ENVIRONMENT, LEGISLATURE, WATER

We’ve all seen it, the smoker who takes one last drag and flicks the cigarette butt onto the ground. It’s instant litter that California Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson wants to prevent by banning the filters in most cigarettes.

May 22, 2019

New York Times

California Today: The Fight Over a Landmark Digital Privacy Law

By Jill Cowan

May 22, 2019

May 15, 2019

By Jasmin Tuffaha Gutierrez, Special to CALmatters

Again, researching family leave laws is not usually involved in career planning, and it was only when I moved into my current job and became pregnant that I realized that I, along with about half the entire workforce in California, don’t have family leave rights.

Our laws that give parents the right to return to their jobs only apply to those who work for larger employers, and only if they have worked for the employer at least a full year and on average over 24 hours per week.

May 13, 2019

By Lois Kazakoff May 11, 2019 Updated: May 11, 2019 11:32 a.m.

May 13, 2019

By Heidi Sanborn, Special to CALmatters

California should have a good handle on smoking-related litter. After all, the state’s residents smoke at the second-lowest rate in the U.S. after Utah.  

There already are strong and dutifully-enforced litter laws with convictions that can carry hefty four-digit fines. But a walk down any California city sidewalk or a stroll on the beach easily demonstrates that smokers still are tossing their butts on the ground.

May 09, 2019

By Jerry Roberts

Hannah-Beth Jackson alighted from the family’s all-electric Chevy Bolt, hustling to a final meeting in her district before winging off to another workweek in Sacramento. 

It was a dozy Monday morning, but Santa Barbara’s State Senator was already in fifth gear.

May 08, 2019

By Alexei Koseff May 7, 2019 Updated: May 7, 2019 7:47 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Californians could take an additional two weeks of paid leave to care for a new baby or sick family member and could buy diapers and menstrual products tax-free under the revised budget plan that Gov. Gavin Newsom will unveil this week.

May 03, 2019

Internet privacy has become a front and center issue for Americans. Click by click, site by site, companies are tracking our every move and sharing or selling that information without our permission or knowledge.

Corporate surveillance has made us uniquely vulnerable. It knows our shopping habits, personal interests and political views. It knows our kids' and our sensitive health information.

April 30, 2019

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, is reviving an attempt to eliminate pricing discrimination on the basis of gender — charging women more than what men pay on similar products.

According to Jackson’s office, California women earn 88 cents on every dollar a man earns. Crunch the calculator, and women’s salaries lag behind men’s by more than $7,000 a year.

Meanwhile, past studies estimate that California women pay sometimes pay more money for than men for the same products.

April 23, 2019

By Don Thompson
Published Apr 23, 2019 at 6:14 AM | Updated at 7:38 AM PDT on Apr 23, 2019

The state's chief firefighter, Ken Pimlott, said as he retired last year that the government should consider blocking construction in high-risk areas. But new Gov. Gavin Newsom recently said he opposes barring home construction, citing Californians' "wild and pioneering spirit."

Jackson's bill wouldn't bar construction, but it would set more requirements particularly for developers.