| Jun 9, 2014
| 2:47 PM
The state Senate took action Monday aimed at restoring public trust after a series of scandals by creating a new position of ethics ombudsman, installing protections for whistle-blowers and banning the raising of campaign funds during August, the last...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 6:22 PM
In classic detective novels, a plucky private investigator sometimes spots the license number of a suspicious car and wheedles his pals at the DMV to "run the plate" and match it with a name and address. But modern technology has exponentially increased...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:40 PM
Retailers, banks and credit card companies are in the process of shifting to a microchip-powered "smart card" that's virtually impossible to counterfeit. Some California lawmakers are so enamored of the idea, they want to make it illegal here not to...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:27 PM
With Democratic senators watering down a key ethics bill, Republican lawmakers on Wednesday proposed their own package of changes in response to criminal charges filed against three California senators.
The Republican measure would double the sentence...
| May 28, 2014
| 7:15 PM
The California Senate on Wednesday could not muster the votes to pass a measure that would have penalized high chief executive salaries with higher corporate taxes.
Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) said his bill would have provided corporations with a...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 9:38 PM
SACRAMENTO — A raft of bills to set tougher ethics rules for California politicians cleared their first legislative hurdle Tuesday as the state Senate prepared for a daylong refresher course on standards of conduct.
Lawmakers say better...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 1:15 PM
SACRAMENTO — The state Senate on Monday approved a measure that would crack down on the growing number of Internet websites that post booking photos of those arrested until a fee is paid to take them down.
The legislation, which next goes to the...
| May 1, 2014
| 11:03 AM
The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure aimed at preventing the nonmedical use of antibiotics in farm animals in California to make them grow bigger.
The bill mandates that antibiotics be prescribed by veterinarians for medical uses and that...
| May 16, 2014
| 9:29 PM
A growing number of cameras — hundreds around Los Angeles, thousands nationwide — are engaged in a simple pursuit: Taking pictures of license plates.
The digital photos, automatically snapped by cameras mounted on cars and street poles and...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 3:43 PM
SACRAMENTO -- A state senator wants nonprofit groups that treat lawmakers to trips to disclose the companies and other interests whose donations cover the expenses.
Every year, several legislators travel to Hawaii and other exotic locales for...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 5:53 PM
SACRAMENTO — Pacific Gas & Electric Co., indicted by the federal government for criminal behavior stemming from a Bay Area natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, still faces more trouble.
In the next few months, PG&...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 3:48 PM
California could become the next state to restrict the publishing of jail booking photos by websites for commercial purposes.
State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) on Friday introduced legislation that would outlaw websites that publish mug shots and...