Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Trump's Travel Ban

The US Supreme Court heard just over an hour of oral arguments over President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The case, Trump v Hawaii, is a law-suit over Trump’s third version of a ban on travel from mainly Muslim-majority countries. Plaintiffs say the ban is unconstitutional and illegal because it discriminates based on religion and nationality… and because it would give the President power that belongs to Congress. The Administration says it’s about national security.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bill Aims to Rein In Military Equipment for Police

An Assembly committee has approved a bill that supporters say takes a step toward de-militarizing local police and sheriffs. Assembly Bill 3131 would require local government approval before police or sheriff’s departments acquire federal surplus military equipment like tanks, military firearms, and drones.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tenant Activists Submit Petitions for Costa - Hawkins Repeal Initiative

Tenants’ rights advocates say they’ve gathered enough signatures for a November initiative to roll back state limits on rent control. They say it would close a loop-hole that favors corporate landlords over renters.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Supreme Court About to Hear Trump v Hawaii Travel Ban Arguments

Next week the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a law suit challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban barring admission to the US from mainly Muslim-majority countries, and suspending refugee admissions. Legal experts opposed to the travel ban held a briefing call to discuss some of the legal questions the case raises, including issues of religious and national origin discrimination, and limits on presidential power.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bill Would Bar Forced Arbitration for Workers

A state lawmaker wants to end the practice of forcing workers to sign arbitration agreements that prevent them from suing over sexual harassment, discrimination, and other workplace violations. Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher says her measure is needed in order to give victims access to justice and to hold violators accountable.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Police Abuse Right - To - Know Bill Moves Forward

A bill to make public police abuse records is moving forward in the state legislature, with a vote in the Senate Public Safety Committee. Berkeley Senator Nancy Skinner’s Senate Bill 1421 would allow public access to records of investigations and findings about police abuse, use of force incidents, sexual assault or work-related dishonesty like perjury or filing false police reports.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Bill Would Block Federal Offshore Oil Drilling in CA

A state senate committee has approved a bill aimed at blocking oil pipelines and other infrastructure that could support off-shore oil drilling in federal waters off the California coast. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson says her bill pushes back against the Trump Administration’s plans to ramp up oil drilling in federal waters.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pompeo Questioned at Confirmation Hearing

CIA director Mike Pompeo appeared at a senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Republicans seemed positive, but Democrats raised questions about Pompeo’s past statements that have led critics to blast him as a hawk with negative beliefs about Muslims and the LGBT community. Many Democrats fear Trump is creating a “war cabinet.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Trump Appeals Order Blocking Attack on Sanctuary Cities

The Trump administration is asking a federal court to reverse a court order that blocked Trump’s Executive Order targeting sanctuary cities. Last year a federal judge blocked the order to with-hold certain federal funds from cities and counties that do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. The appeal was heard by 3 judge panel of the 9th Circuit appeals court in San Francisco.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bill Aims to Regulate Health Care Prices

A Democratic Assemblymember has introduced a bill to rein in skyrocketing health care costs. Democrat Ash Khalra’s measure would create an independent commission to set reasonable health care prices, building on models like Medicare and systems in other countries that set health care rates. The bill comes as California’s Attorney General seeks to intervene in a Texas lawsuit in order to defend against a legal challenge to Obamacare.
Christopher Martinez reports.