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April 09, 2019

By Debra Kahn, Politico Pro

A bill that would require the State Lands Commission and Department of Fish and Wildlife to approve a controversial groundwater pumping project in the Mojave Desert passed its first committee hearing today, but the long-running debate over the aquifer is far from over.

April 02, 2019

By Cheryl Miller, The Recorder

California has a new governor, and advocates of the judiciary could not be more prepared.

Gone is Gov. Jerry Brown, a stingy court-funder whose annual judiciary budgets emphasized restraint, demanded efficiencies and placed restrictions on new spending.

In Brown’s place is Gov. Gavin Newsom, the son of the late First District Court of Appeal Justice William Newsom Jr., whom lawyers, judges and court workers are hoping will grant some pretty significant asks.

March 28, 2019

By Press Enterprise

Singer Bret Michaels is showing his support for a California bill that would require schools to share more information with parents and children about Type 1 diabetes.

Michaels was diagnosed with Type 1diabetes as a child. He joined California lawmakers Wednesday in supporting the bill. He says the legislation will save lives by aiding in diagnosing the disease and improve the quality of life for those who have it.

Democratic Sen. Richard Roth of Riverside is the bill’s author.

March 27, 2019

By, NewsRadio KFBK

On Wednesday a bill meant to improve education in California schools about type 1 diabetes was approved unanimously by the California Senate Education Committee.

The bill by Senator Richard Roth has some serious star power behind it as it moves through the legislative approval process. Rock star Bret Michaels is encouraging lawmakers to support passage.

March 27, 2019

By Associated Press

Singer Bret Michaels is showing his support for a California bill that would require schools to share more information with parents and children about Type 1 diabetes.

Michaels was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a child. He joined California lawmakers Wednesday in supporting the bill.

He says the legislation will save lives by aiding in diagnosing the disease and improve the quality of life for those who have it.

March 25, 2019

By Hannah Wiley, Sacramento Bee

MONEY, PLEASE

Members of the University of California Student Association will be at the Capitol today to lobby for increased funding, rally support for legislative proposals and advocate for “racial justice and support for undocumented students.”

The event is an opportunity for the association to highlight its main priorities, and this year’s conference comes in the wake of headlines that brought some unwanted attention to the system.

March 22, 2019

By Vic Bedoian, KPFA

As competition for California’s water resources from the state’s rivers intensifies between farms, cities and the environment, water in the Mojave Desert has also become a sought-after commodity. Commercial exploitation of the Mojave desert’s aquifers sparked a landmark environmental case 45 years ago, and is currently driving a smoldering controversy. Vic Bedoian filed this special World Water Day report, click on the picture to hear the story. Senator Roth's bill, SB 307 is discussed 3 minutes and 52 seconds in:

March 14, 2019

By Sean Crommelin, Daily Nexus

Senate Bill 461, the successor to Assembly Bill 3153 — which died in committee last year — was introduced by California State Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) to the California State Legislature on Feb. 22, and is now slowly making its way through the legislature.

The bill, which aims to extend Cal Grant aid to university students during summer sessions, is almost identical to Assembly Bill 3153 (AB 3153).

March 03, 2019

By Scott Wilson, Washington Post

The landscape here is more Martian than Earthly, rust and tan plains that rise in the distance to form the Old Woman Mountains to the east and the Bristols and Marbles to the north and west.

Almost everything here is protected by the federal government. The opportunity or threat, depending on your point of view, lies beneath the dusty surface that, after a recent rain, blooms with sprays of yellow desert dandelion.

There is water here in the Mojave Desert. A lot of it.

February 28, 2019

By, Ethan Coston, The Triton

California State Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) introduced Senate Bill (SB) 461 to the California Legislature on February 21. If passed, the bill will extend Cal Grant to cover summer classes.