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CLIMATE CHANGE: Inland lawmakers weigh impacts of Senate bills

September 04, 2015

BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER

Friends and foes of two bills intended to fight climate change in California agree the legislation would have profound effects on Inland residents, where air pollution and reliance on cars are facts of life.

The Senate bills’ supporters say the legislation would improve air quality in this region, which just missed a longstanding federal deadline to reduce small particulate emissions linked to a variety of health problems.

Bill to Ease State’s Judge Shortage Passes State Assembly

September 03, 2015

By a MetNews Staff Writer

A bill that would fund 12 new superior court judgeships, including one in Los Angeles County, was unanimously approved yesterday by the state Assembly.

Wildomar Financial Relief Bill Clears Assembly

September 01, 2015

By BEA KARNES (Patch Staff)

Legislation to provide overdue revenue to four Riverside County cities was unanimously approved today by the state Assembly.

“I am looking forward to sending this bill to the governor and having him sign this long overdue measure of fairness and equity,” said Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside. “Restoring funding to Riverside County’s four newest cities has been one of my highest priorities in the Senate.”

A compromise can solve state’s plague of disability lawsuits

August 30, 2015

The lawsuits sprouted like spring poppies over the past few years, spreading south from Sacramento – first to Stockton, then Manteca and Ripon, finally to Modesto’s doorstep. The targets were small businesses, and the allegation was always the same: Violations of disability access laws.

Merchants cried foul and dubbed them shakedown lawsuits, meant to score a quick buck rather than boost access to folks in wheelchairs. The duel over disability access landed in the state Capitol. But this year, both the tone and the substance of the debate are different, and there’s hope that real progress is at hand.

California panel rejects Planned Parenthood audit

August 25, 2015

California legislators on Tuesday rejected a proposed audit of Planned Parenthood in the wake of a videos spotlighting the organization’s role in providing fetal tissue for medical research.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Committee rejects request for audit

August 25, 2015

A state legislative committee Tuesday, Aug. 25 rejected an Inland assemblywoman’s request for an audit of Planned Parenthood to ensure the organization is not illegally profiting from the donation of tissue from aborted fetuses.

Lawmakers, Drone Advocates Disagree Over UAVs Impeding Firefighting Efforts

August 20, 2015

Though the FAA is expected to address emerging safety issues when it adopts regulations to incorporate drones into the national airspace, an action expected in early 2017, California lawmakers might consider taking action on its own.

Lawmakers to hone rules on drones

August 17, 2015

The Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management will meet Tuesday, Aug. 18, in Sacramento to discuss the benefits and the dangers of aerial drones. California lawmakers are up against a Sept. 11 deadline to pass any new laws regulating the use of drones.

Several pending state bills are trying to address some of the concerns that have arisen regarding the use of the aircraft – both by private citizens and law enforcement agencies. Discussion of new regulations comes on the heels of three incidents in recent weeks, where aircraft fighting wildfires in the Inland Empire were grounded because a drone was spotted in the air.

Righting a wrong against small Inland cities

August 07, 2015

Sacramento is good at setting rules, but too often the state arbitrarily and suddenly changes those rules without an opportunity to respond or object.

Such was the case with Riverside County’s four newest cities: Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar. Historically, new cities received Vehicle License Fee revenue in lieu of property tax revenue. These four new cities incorporated with the understanding that VLF revenue would be available to them. Unfortunately, as many of us now know, Sacramento changed those rules and redirected VLF money to public safety realignment.

Inland lawmakers' unfinished business

July 27, 2015

It’s recess time for the California Legislature after a session that saw lawmakers pass a $167.6 billion budget, allow the children of undocumented immigrants to get health care and impose stricter rules for childhood vaccinations.