Articles by Adam Beam

California OKs Bill Protecting Workers Who Use Marijuana at Home

California could soon become the seventh state to make sure people won’t lose their jobs if they smoke marijuana when they’re off the clock. State lawmakers in late August passed a bill to stop companies from punishing workers who fail …

California Oks Bill Protecting Workers Who Use Marijuana at Home

California could soon become the seventh state to make sure people won’t lose their jobs if they smoke marijuana when they’re off the clock. State lawmakers this week passed a bill that would stop companies from punishing workers who fail …

California Social Media Addiction Bill Drops Parent Lawsuits

A first-of-its-kind proposal in the California Legislature aimed at holding social media companies responsible for harming children who have become addicted to their products would no longer let parents sue popular platforms like Instagram and TikTok. The revised proposal would …

Bill Would Let California Parents Sue for Social Media Addiction

California could hold social media companies responsible for harming children who have become addicted to their products, permitting parents to sue platforms like Instagram and TikTok for up to $25,000 per violation under a bill that passed the state Assembly …

Bill Would Enable California Parents to Sue for Social Media Addiction

California could soon hold social media companies responsible for harming children who have become addicted to their products, permitting parents to sue platforms like Instagram and TikTok for up to $25,000 per violation under a bill that passed the state …

California Lawmakers Raise Awards for Malpractice Lawsuits

The California Legislature has agreed to increase how much money people can win in medical malpractice lawsuits, resolving one of the thorniest disputes in state politics by raising a cap on damages for the first time in 47 years. California …

California Water Use Up Dramatically Amid Worsening Drought

California’s water use jumped dramatically in March, state officials said Tuesday, as one of the driest stretches on record prompted a wave of homeowners to start watering their lawns earlier than usual in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pleas for …

California Increasing Awards in Medical Malpractice Cases

People who get hurt because of a doctor’s negligence in California could soon get a lot more money in malpractice lawsuits under an agreement reached Wednesday that – if approved by the state Legislature – would avoid a costly fight …

U.S. Won’t Give Water to California Farmers Because of Drought

With California entering the third year of severe drought, federal officials said Wednesday they won’t deliver any water to farmers in the state’s major agricultural region – a decision that will force many to plant fewer crops in the fertile …

California Universal Health Care Bill Fails to Pass

A bill that would have created the nation’s only government-funded universal health care system died in the California Assembly on Monday as Democrats could not gather enough support to bring it for a vote ahead of a legislative deadline. The …