Reuters - California lawmakers in the state Senate approved on Tuesday evening the first bill in a state budget package that closes a nearly $10 billion shortfall a day after Governor Jerry Brown and top Democrats unveiled the package.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an ambitious bill on Wednesday that aims to combat climate change by increasing the state's use of renewable electricity to 50 percent and making existing buildings twice as energy-efficient by 2030."The goal is clear, and California is in the forefront," Brown said at a signing ceremony at the hilltop Griffith Observatory, where a hazy downtown Los Angeles provided the backdrop.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly approved legislation Wednesday that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives, sending the proposal to the state Senate that is expected to endorse it.Lawmakers in the state Assembly voted 42-33 after a lengthy and emotional debate during which many lawmakers invoked their religious faith in arguing for and against the legislation. Assembly members were seen as the stumbling block to advancing the bill.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will become the fifth state in the nation to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year.Brown, a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, announced that he VETOED/SIGNED/DID NOT SIGN the legislation approved by state lawmakers after an emotional and deeply personal debate. Until now, he had refused to comment on the issue.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has made climate change the centerpiece of his final tenure by laying out the most aggressive benchmark in North America, which would reduce California's carbon footprint and boost the state's renewable energy use to 50 percent in 15 years.Securing legislation requiring that standard in the world's eighth-largest economy would be a timely win for Brown before international leaders meet in Paris in November for the United Nations climate change conference. Brown is likely to attend the conference, but he has not said so officially.