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California Legislative Special Committee to Consider Wildfire Liability

California lawmakers may change the standard for determining whether utilities are liable for wildfire damage following the worst wildfire season in state history. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders said on July 2 that they are forming a special committee …

Far-Reaching Data Privacy Bill Approved in California

California will soon have what experts call the nation’s most far-reaching law to give consumers more control over their personal data under a bill the governor has signed. The law will compel companies to tell customers upon request what personal …

California Lawmakers Want to Beef up Dam Checks After Oroville

California would beef up dam inspections under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, a year after a near disaster prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents living downstream from the tallest U.S. dam. The Assembly unanimously gave final approval to …

California Governor Looking Around World for Climate Changes Allies

Looking for allies in the fight against climate change, California Gov. Jerry Brown headed to China this week in a push to build foreign support for carbon-cutting efforts that have found resistance in Washington. California will work with governments around …

Monstrous Southern California Wildfire Displaces More than 80,000

It tore through canyons and flew over ridges in every direction with astonishing speed, sending flames 80 feet skyward and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes. The Southern California wildfire that began as a small midmorning patch of …

California Governor Signs Bill Earthquake Insurance Information Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2064, a bill aimed at changing the way Californians learn about earthquake insurance for their homes. Under California law, insurers that sell residential property insurance also must offer earthquake coverage to their policyholders. …

Calls For Warning System Hastened by California Quake

The earthquake that jolted California’s wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state’s effort to develop an early warning system that might offer a few precious seconds for …

California Storms Didn’t End Drought, Says Task Force

The state’s Drought Task Force says two recent storms that washed over drought-stricken California were welcome, but that the state still needs a lot more rain. California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird said Tuesday that the state needs a …

California Lawmakers Question Regulating Fracking

California lawmakers are expressing doubts a Gov. Jerry Brown administration proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing is tough enough and can be enforced by state oil regulators. State senators convened a joint legislative hearing on Tuesday to review California’s first attempt …

Lawmakers Greenlight Workers’ Comp Overhaul

The state Legislature approved a reform bill for California’s $17-billion workers’ compensation insurance system, one that promises to hike benefits for injured workers and cut costs for employers, the L.A. Times is reporting. SB863 will increase benefits for injured workers …