‘Governor Dad’ Newsom budgets tax breaks for diapers, focuses on families

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

California’s generational changing of the guard showed in the governor’s office on Tuesday as Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled out proposals to lift taxes on diapers and menstrual products—ideas his predecessor vetoed—and reiterated his desire to spend billions of dollars from the state budget to expand services for kids. Joined by his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, […]

Read more

How powerful lawmakers are killing California bills—without a peep

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

Gun control, school spending, curbs on greenhouse gases: With Democrats holding more power at the Capitol than they’ve had since the 19th century, California’s legislative pipeline is full this year with big, blue-state ideas. In theory, no Democrat’s bill should be left behind. But that’s not what’s happening, and the reason is roiling both sides […]

Read more

Law Enforcement Backs Down on Deadly Force Standard—For Now

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

The political landscape in California’s debate over how to curb police shootings shifted Tuesday as law enforcement groups agreed to drop the part of their bill that would lock in the current national standard for justifying the use of deadly force. The move—intended to sustain negotiations on what could be a historic change in law […]

Read more

Factions Take Shape as California Advances Nationally Watched Police Shooting Bill

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

Even as a landmark California bill meant to prevent police shootings passed its first committee Tuesday, the fault lines among Democrats began to emerge, suggesting the measure will likely change as it moves through the Legislature. How much, though, was not yet clear. After emotional, standing-room-only testimony from Californians whose loved ones have been killed […]

Read more

Three Things to Know about California’s Data Privacy Fight

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

When California passed the nation’s first law giving consumers control over their personal data last year, legislators built in an unusual buffer: an extra year to change the law before it takes effect in 2020. Lawmakers and lobbyists are now making use of the time, submitting at least 20 bills in recent weeks that would […]

Read more

Diverging Bills Aim to Curb Police Shootings: Tougher Legal Standards vs. Better Training and Policies

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

Negotiations have broken down between law enforcement and civil rights advocates on legislation to curb police shootings, with each side proposing their own bill meant to reduce the number of Californians killed by police—a development that indicates the Capitol’s dominant Democrats will likely be divided as the emotional issue of police shootings takes center stage […]

Read more

Governor Dad: How Gavin Newsom’s kids are about to shape California

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

Gov. Gavin Newsom was about half-way through his inaugural address Monday when his 2-year-old son toddled onto the stage, sucking on a green pacifier and gripping his blankie. Newsom, barely missing beat, hoisted the boy onto his hip, kissed him on the cheek and gamely continued delivering his first speech as the 40th governor of […]

Read more

On Day One, Hints of California’s Democratic Agenda to Come

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

It’s just the beginning. California lawmakers kicked off a new two-year session Monday, a day full of pomp and ceremony and not a lot of substance. But a few eager legislators began putting bills across the desk, giving an early indication of some key policy fights that will shape 2019. Some of the early legislation […]

Read more

California Legislature is Turning Many Shades of Blue

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

The California Legislature, controlled by Democrats for decades, is likely to become even bluer when the new class is sworn in next month. Exactly how many more Democrats have been elected is still not certain; it takes a long time to count votes in California. But all signs point toward growing Democratic caucuses in both […]

Read more

Gavin Newsom’s Dilemma: Making a Change, While Following Jerry Brown’s Lead

Laurel Rosenhall
Reporter, CALmatters

After the victory music had quieted, after the introduction by his wife was done, Gavin Newsom took to the stage at a Los Angeles nightclub and began to walk the fine line that will likely define his first year as California governor. Even as he laid out his vision for renewing California, calling it “a […]

Read more