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Questions on AI, Budget Deficit, Gun Owners Liability Await California Lawmakers

California lawmakers returned to work this week for the start of an election-year legislative session dominated by decisions on artificial intelligence and the state`s struggling budget. The budget is a big issue every year in California, which is the nation’s …

World Meteorological Organization Says 2023 Will Easily Break Climate Records

With a few days left to go until next year, it can be said that 2023 has officially shattered climate records. A World Meteorological Organization provisional State of the Global Climate report confirmed that 2023 is set to be the …

California Faces Record $68B Budget Deficit, Legislative Analyst Says

California is facing a record $68 billion budget deficit, state officials announced, forcing hard choices for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in his final term as he works to build his national profile. The nation`s most populous state, with an economy …

California Governor Signs Bill Restricting Sharing Data from Cameras Inside Cabin of Vehicles

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that gives consumers greater control over data captured by in-cabin cameras in their vehicles. The legislation, Senate Bill 296, authored by Senator Bill Dodd (D – Napa) and sponsored by the Consumer Federation …

California Governor Vetoes Bill to Have Human Drivers Ride in Autonomous Trucks

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill to require human drivers on board self-driving trucks, a measure that union leaders and truck drivers said would save hundreds of thousands of jobs in the state. The legislation vetoed Friday night …

Insurance Commissioner Orders Protections for 15,000 Californians Following Fires

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Thursday ordered insurers to preserve residential insurance coverage for more than 15,000 policyholders affected by fires in Del Norte County and Siskiyou County after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued emergency declarations last month. The commissioner’s …

California Unlikely to Run Short of Electricity This Summer Thanks to Storms, New Power Sources

California regulators say the state is unlikely to run out of electricity this summer because of a big increase in power storage and a wet winter that filled the state’s reservoirs enough to restart hydroelectric power plants that were dormant …

California Companies Pay Higher Taxes for Unemployment Debt

One potential consequence of California’s ballooning budget deficit: Higher taxes for businesses, with increases possible every year for the next decade. Business owners pay a tax on each of their workers. The money goes into a fund that states use …

California May Punish Oil Companies for High Gas Prices

A first-in-the-nation bill to punish oil companies for profiting from price spikes at the pump breezed through the California Senate on Thursday at the urging of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, the first major vote in an effort to pass the …

California Regulators Could Decide Oil Profits Penalty

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he wants state regulators to decide whether to impose the nation’s first penalty on oil companies for price gouging, pivoting after months of negotiations with legislative leaders failed to reach an agreement on a bill …