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  • Legislative committee orders audit of troubled LADWP billing system

    Legislative committee orders audit of troubled LADWP billing system
    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will undergo a state audit of its troubled computer billing system after a committee of state lawmakers voted Wednesday to examine what went wrong. The state audit, proposed last month by Assemblyman Raul...
  • State senator proposes health coverage for all immigrants

    State senator proposes health coverage for all immigrants
    SACRAMENTO -- The head of the California Legislative Latino Caucus proposed Friday that immigrants in the country illegally be allowed to get healthcare coverage through a state program similar to that provided through Obamacare. State Sen. Ricardo Lara...
  • Scientists urge California to boost target for cutting emissions

    A group of California scientists Wednesday urged state lawmakers to adopt a steeper target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions after 2020. "California's leadership is needed now more than ever to address the risks of a dangerously warming climate," the...
  • Legislator to push healthcare for those in California illegally

    Legislator to push healthcare for those in California illegally
    SACRAMENTO — Immigrants who are in California illegally should have access to health insurance through a state version of the Affordable Care Act, the head of the Legislature's Latino caucus said Friday. State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)...
  • California senator proposes restoring bilingual education

    California senator proposes restoring bilingual education
    SACRAMENTO -- Sixteen years after California voters approved an initiative requiring public school instruction in English, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a measure Thursday to repeal the requirement of Proposition 227. Lara’...
  • State toxics department seeks $4.5-million increase in funding

    State toxics department seeks $4.5-million increase in funding
    SACRAMENTO—The head of the state toxics department told a state Senate hearing Wednesday that she is working hard to correct the agency's problems regulating hazardous waste and is seeking increased funding and other changes to beef up key areas....
  • Should California reinstate bilingual education?

    Should California reinstate bilingual education?
    If the name “Ron Unz” is ringing bells in your brain, it may be because of his initiative to raise California’s minimum wage to $12 an hour. But when I interviewed him for my “Patt Morrison Asks” column, the subject of...
  • Immigrants without legal status remain mostly in healthcare limbo

    Immigrants without legal status remain mostly in healthcare limbo
    When Alva Alvarez gets sick, she buys over-the-counter medicine from the grocery and takes as much as she can until she feels better. The mother of five resorts to this because she can't afford a visit to the doctor to figure out what's ailing her....
  • Proposed permit law on Vernon battery recycler passes state Senate

    Proposed permit law on Vernon battery recycler passes state Senate
    A proposed law requiring a Vernon battery recycler to get a final permit to operate by 2015 or shut down was approved Thursday morning by the California Senate. The bill by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) targets Exide Technologies, one of the world'...
  • Compromise bill would ban plastic bags throughout California

    Compromise bill would ban plastic bags throughout California
    SACRAMENTO -- Key legislative opponents of a bill to ban plastic single-use grocery bags in California have negotiated changes that they say will allow them to support a new measure and help it win enough votes to pass this year. Californians would...
  • California Senate panel to come up with new ethics, campaign laws

    SACRAMENTO -- With the state Legislature being rocked by scandal after scandal, the leader of the Senate has assembled a group of lawmakers to come up with recommended changes in state ethics and campaign laws, officials announced Monday. The Senate...
  • State Senate panel reviews ethics, campaign laws

    SACRAMENTO — With the state Legislature rocked by multiple scandals, the leader of the Senate has assembled a group of lawmakers to examine the state's decades-old ethics and campaign laws. The Senate Ethics Working Group was formed by Senate...