California Gov. Jerry Brown News

Earth Day, Climate Change and Drought

As much of the U.S. and the rest of the planet celebrated Earth Day, California politicos and leaders squabbled over how best to deal with the ongoing drought – which may or may not be caused by climate change, depending …

Mandatory Water Restrictions Ordered by California Governor

California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. Standing in dry, brown …

California’s Governor to Unveil Emergency Drought Legislation

California Gov. Jerry Brown plans to detail new legislation to help manage a worsening drought gripping the most populous U.S. state for a fourth year. Brown has scheduled a news conference with legislative leaders for Thursday morning in Sacramento, according to …

Californians Favor Mandatory Rationing to Battle Drought, Poll Shows

Nearly every Californian sees the drought as a big problem and more now say they favor mandatory rationing, according to a survey released Thursday. The Field Poll found 94 percent of registered California voters consider the shortage serious, and 68 …

Immigrants’ Prior Licenses to be Checked by California DMV

Immigrants in the country illegally who fraudulently obtained a California driver’s license before it was legal won’t get a new card until state authorities review their driving record. The Department of Motor Vehicles this month started issuing special licenses to …

California Insurance Commissioner Sponsored Bills Signed into Law in 2014

During the 2014 legislative session California Gov. Jerry Brown signed nine bills sponsored by the California Department of Insurance and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. A bill that adds protections for small businesses has already taken effect and five other consumer …

California Costliest State for Workers’ Comp, Report Shows

A state-by-state ranking of workers’ compensation premiums, one that states reportedly use as a motivational call to improve their systems, seems to call for more reform of California’s recently reformed system. Despite major workers’ comp reforms signed into law in …

Brown Signs California Requiring Extinguishers After Limo Fire

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill requiring certain types of limousines to have two fire extinguishers and undergo regular safety checks. Brown announced Tuesday that he signed SB611 by Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo. The bill …

California Increases Consumer Protections for Pet Insurance

Pet insurers must disclose important information regarding their policies, standardize definitions, and provide consumers with a 30-day “free look” period, under a bill signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday. Brown signed Assembly Bill 2056, which was …

Franchisee Business Investments Would be Protected by California Bill

When Kathryn Slater-Carter learned her family would lose $1.5 million after McDonald’s Corp. did not renew the franchise agreement on one of their restaurants in the San Francisco suburbs, she tried for a second time to change state law to …