Senate Bill 224 deals with sexual harassment. Governor Brown signed SB 224 by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson on September 30, as Chapter 951. The bill adds investors, elected officials, lobbyists, directors, and producers to the list of examples of relationships that are covered by Civil Code Section 51.9. Civil Code Section 51.9 imposes civil
Reconsideration of bills
When a bill in the California Legislature fails passage, either in a policy or fiscal committee or on the floor of the Assembly or Senate, it can be granted what’s called reconsideration. According to the Legislative Counsel, reconsideration is a motion that gives the opportunity to take another vote on the matter previously decided…
Challenges to Lawmaking in California’s Legislative Process
Challenges to Lawmaking in California’s Legislative Process (transcript)
Today’s post is on the challenges to lawmaking in California’s legislative process.
Individuals and groups engaging in California’s lawmaking process may find several challenges in their legislative endeavors. There are certainly institutional challenges as well as political challenges that complicate the legislative process. These challenges…
California Teens Avoid Political Parties
In 2013, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) proposed a bill to allow teens aged 16 and 17 to preregister to vote in order to promote registration and involvement in the political system. This bill, SB 113, was signed into law and enacted in 2014, and is now part of the California Elections Code §2102(2)(d).…
Misconception Monday – The State Budget
Misconception Monday – State Budget
Hello. This is Episode 8 of my Misconception Monday series. If this is your first time tuning in to these, you can listen to the previous episodes here.
Today’s podcast, just in time for the announcement of the Governor’s January budget proposal on Wednesday morning, will cover…
Staffing a Committee
With the Legislature set to return to session in just a few short weeks, I sat down with Erinn Ryberg – the Legislative Director for Assembly member Cristina Garcia, to talk about some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to staffing committee.
When it comes…
Direct Democracy in California – Initiatives and Referendum
In yesterday’s podcast, I discussed common misconceptions about elections in California. Today I am taking a deeper look at elections in California. Specifically, I will be talking about initiatives and referendum – two of three direct democracy processes available to voters in California. The third process is the recall.
Misconception Monday – Elections
Misconception Monday – Elections
Hello, and welcome to Episode 6 of my Misconception Monday series. In this series of podcasts, I identify and dispel common misconceptions that are related to the many aspects of the California legislative process. You can revisit my previous Misconception Monday posts here.
In today’s podcast, I discuss …
Legal Ethics in Marijuana Law
By: Mike Vitiello
In my previous post, I mentioned that many areas of marijuana law are complex and that I would discuss legal ethical issues that marijuana attorneys face. It is critical to remember that every use of marijuana violates federal law, even in states like California, where the state allows medical or recreational …
The Role of the Media in California’s legislative process
The Role of the Media in California’s Legislative Process
Today’s podcast focuses on the role of the media in California’s legislative process. The media’s role is so important that they’re considered a fourth branch of government and sometimes referred to as the Fourth Estate.
Their coverage – or lack thereof – can have …