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August 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would bar forced arbitration and nondisclosure agreements under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday that enjoys celebrity backing from some in the #MeToo movement.

It would prohibit employers from requiring nondisclosure agreements related to sexual misconduct as a condition of getting or keeping a job. It also would ban employers from requiring arbitration agreements, which can force employees to settle workplace complaints instead of going to court, as a condition of employment.

August 20, 2018

While President Trump’s Interior Department was mapping out oil and gas leases off California’s coast, the Legislature debated what to do. The sanctified cause of a drilling ban turned into a fight over a pair of bills that aimed to put hard restrictions on the White House idea.

Last week, lawmakers followed through on protecting the coast. The nearly identical bills won approval on the final day of committee work, a cliffhanger win for efforts to safeguard fishing, tourism and recreation along the 1,000-mile coast.

August 17, 2018

As California's enormous wildfires continue to set records for the second year in a row, state lawmakers are scrambling to close gaps in state law that could help curb future fires, or make the difference between life and death once a blaze breaks out.

August 16, 2018

When the Trump administration proposed opening California waters to drilling on an unprecedented scale, state leaders said they would do whatever it takes to keep new oil operations at bay.

But promises only go so far.

So some in Sacramento now are trying to lock those pledges into law — safeguarding the coast from offshore drilling no matter the whims of future administrations.

August 15, 2018

By Anne Staines And Angela DePaoli

Special to The Sacramento Bee

Few women sit at corporate board tables, to the detriment of the company bottom lines and California’s economy.

One-fourth of all publicly-held corporations in California have no women serving on their boards of directors. And women occupy 15.5 percent of all board seats at the state’s publicly held companies, compared to the national average of 16.2 percent.

August 08, 2018

A local senator on Friday called for a more scientific, proactive approach in how California responds to wildfires, as blazes burned out of control throughout the state.

Still early in a typical fire season, nearly 400,000 acres have burned, hundreds of homes have been destroyed and several firefighters and civilians have been killed.

Record-breaking heat and years of drought have changed the landscape, leading to 129 million dead trees and catastrophic fire seasons.

August 08, 2018

California lawmakers are taking aim at the casting couch.

After a year of horror stories from women about alleged sexual misconduct at the hands of powerful men such as producer Harvey Weinstein and talk-show host Charlie Rose, California lawmakers are poised to revise a 1994 sexual harassment law to make clear it applies to producers and directors. The amendment would add regulatory oversight for the first time and make it easier for victims to file a complaint.

August 08, 2018

California is facing another showdown with the Trump administration. This time over offshore drilling. As part of a state-wide, multi-station project based here at KALW, we asked you to share your thoughts.

August 03, 2018

A bill signed into law last month expands law enforcement training on domestic violence to include recognizing signs the situation could turn deadly and putting more emphasis on officers directly connecting victims to support. 

August 03, 2018

As more than a dozen blazes rage across California this week, a state senator who’s been personally affected by the state’s constant wildfires is urging support for legislation focused more on fire prevention than on response. 

In a call with reporters Friday, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) reiterated the need for legislation she introduced in February in light of the massive Carr and Ferguson fires, which have burned a total of more than 200,000 acres in Northern California.