This rule, if not halted by a court challenge by the oil and gas industry and the Trump administration, would make California the first U.S. state with a plan to phase them out completely.
"He can suspend fracking now, but he is punting to the Legislature."
“You might ask me, at 82, am I as sharp as I was at 78? Quite frankly, I think I know more, and I think I’m better equipped.”
Political Reporter Greg Lee has the story.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla spoke to reporters Wednesday about voting access and safety this year during the pandemic.
The amendments, which take effect immediately.
The pandemic has devastated California’s economy, causing millions of people to lose their jobs as the government ordered businesses to close for months to slow the spread of the disease.
The state's top law enforcement officer does not support the bill for one reason: his office loses up to $80 million annually.
In the past two days, evacuation orders were lifted for at least 50,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area and wine country, officials with the state fire agency, Cal Fire, said Thursday evening. At their peak, some 170,000 people were under evacuation orders.
This comes hours after the California Senate voted 34-0 to pass SB 793. It's no surprise as Newsom said during his afternoon press briefing that he was "eager" to sign the bill.
California lawmakers will also vote on bills banning the use of carotid restraints and choke holds by police and limiting their use of rubber bullets and tear gas against peaceful protesters.
The delay further complicates a legislative session that's already been put off twice because of the virus.
California ISO ordered the first rolling outages in nearly 20 years on Friday when it directed utilities around the state to shed their power loads.
Multi-lingual residents are particularly needed as poll workers.
The ruling has national implications because other states have similar restrictions, though it immediately applies only to Western states under the appeals court's jurisdiction.
California Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, on Thursday reaffirmed his commitment to changing how younger offenders, specifically those who identify as LGBTQ, are added to the state's sex offender registry.
The concept behind Assembly Bill 767 had already moved through the Assembly this legislative year.
Christien Kafton reports.
Jesse Gary reports.
A high-ranking official at the California agency that regulates utility companies claims she's being forced out of her job for seeking to recover $200 million in fees that the agency did not collect over nearly 20 years.