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WSJ: California Governor Signs Bill to Create State-Sponsored Retirement Plan

September 29, 2016
Republican State Sen. John M. W. Moorlach, called the bill an “onerous mandate,” adding that the law didn't have safeguards in place that would keep the program from “drifting from its intended purpose in the future.” "I believe that encouraging people to save for their future is critical,” Mr...

Daily Pilot: Gov. Brown vetoes Moorlach's wildfire-risk bill

September 27, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed a bill spearheaded by Laguna Beach Councilman Bob Whalen that would have required the state to identify areas most at risk of wildfires caused by overhead utility wires. SB 1463, authored by state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), also would have required the...

OC Register: Governor vetoes utility undergrounding bill as Laguna Beach seeks ways to bury cables to prevent fires

September 27, 2016
A plan to bury utility lines to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire in Laguna Beach didn’t get the support it needed from Sacramento, but city officials say they will continue their efforts to protect the city

Record Searchlight: California doesn't need more gas taxes

September 12, 2016
Caltrans is far behind other states in its contracting activity and the efficient use of scarce budget resources. "An average state transportation agency outsources 50 percent of its architects and engineers," state Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, noted in a recent Orange County Business Journal...

FlashReport: 2016 Top Bills Worthy Of The Governor’s Veto

September 12, 2016
This is the 11th year that we have presented for your viewing displeasure the worst pieces of legislation sitting on Governor Brown’s desk. Of course there are a great many bills on the Governor’s desk – most of them worthy of a veto. Thus the task of trying to cull through those bills and single...

Christianity Daily: California Bill Banning Secret Recording of Conversations with Health Care Providers Moves Forward

September 9, 2016

Suddeutsche Zeitung: Olympic victories of the GDR to be checked

September 6, 2016
Der Beschluss trägt das unscheinbare Kürzel SR-88, der kalifornische Senat hat ihn vor Kurzem verabschiedet, mit 39:0 Stimmen. Doch das Vorhaben hinter den schmalen Ziffern ist durchaus bemerkenswert.

The Daily Caller: Planned Parenthood Pushes California Bill That Could Jail Whistleblowers, Investigative Journalists

September 4, 2016
California’s legislature has sent a bill to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk that could jail whistleblowers, undercover investigators and others who report on the health care industry without permission. Written by Planned Parenthood and passed on Wednesday, AB 1671 is a response to undercover pro-life...

LA Daily News: California transportation needs budget, efficiency reforms, not more taxes

September 4, 2016
Transportation is critical to the California economy and quality of life, but it is regularly given short shrift by legislators in Sacramento. Rather than fixing the well-documented transportation funding, staffing, management and efficiency problems, however, Democrats in the Legislature chose to...

Laguna Beach Indy: Bill Would Aid Fire Protection

September 4, 2016
A fire-prevention bill written on behalf of Laguna Beach awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until Sept. 30 to approve or veto the measure. If signed, the bill that cleared the legislature Thursday, Aug. 25, is intended to help safeguard Laguna and other high fire-risk communities. In...