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Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan Introduces Two Bills Ensuring Safe and Abundant Abortion Access

AB 2085 and AB 2099 expand access to health care in California’s abortion deserts and increase penalties for harassing patients and providers.

Sacramento, CA –Today, Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan has introduced two bills to ensure that the legal right to an abortion translates to safe and abundant access for patients. AB 2085 creates a more streamlined process for clinic development by creating limited zoning exemptions for clinic construction.

Assemblymember Bauer Kahan Unveils AB 2054 to Prevent Utility Influence on Ratemaking Decisions

AB 2054 imposes a 10-year cooling-off period for commissioners at the CPUC and the CEC before they can work at a regulated entity.

Sacramento, CA — Today, Assemblymember Bauer Kahan introduced Assembly Bill 2054 to address the concerning trend of commissioners at the Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the Energy Commission (CEC) moving to high-paying positions within state-regulated utilities after their terms, jeopardizing the integrity of

AI To Be Top Focus for California Privacy Committee, Chair Says


The top lawmaker in the California legislature overseeing privacy legislation wants to do more to protect children online and also guard against the harms of artificial intelligence.

Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D), the new chair of the state Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, said in an interview that she wants to continue the legislature’s history of being at the forefront of online safety for children. She also intends to play a significant role over AI legislation because any artificial intelligence bills will likely have to pass through her panel.

California’s budget deficit and reluctance from Gavin Newsom could limit AI regulation


SACRAMENTO — Some California lawmakers want the state to lead the nation in regulating artificial intelligence, but a looming budget deficit could hamstring their efforts.

They’ve already announced a flurry of AI bills, with more on the way. Their proposals include efforts to require the state to set new safety standards, create an AI research hub and develop protections against deepfake videos and photos that look real but have been digitally altered to mislead the viewer.

California Jewish lawmakers send colleagues anguished letter asking for support


Members of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, a group of state-level politicians who advocate for issues of concern to the Jewish community, have written an emotional letter to colleagues asking for their “support and solidarity.”

The open letter was released Wednesday, the start of the 2024 legislative session, which was cut short when a protest led by the anti-Zionist group Jewish Voice for Peace and other organizations prevented the state Assembly from conducting business.

Gavin Newsom tackles a $68 billion deficit for the world’s fifth largest economy, the AI explosion and the Hollywood implosion


California lawmakers return to work on Wednesday for the start of an election-year legislative session dominated by decisions on artificial intelligence and the state’s struggling budget.

The budget is a big issue every year in California, which is the nation’s most populous state and has an economy larger than that of all but four countries. But this year, lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom will have to figure out how to cover an estimated $68 billion deficit — a shortfall that is larger than the entire operating budgets of many states.