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How California and other states are tackling AI legislation


Last week, California State Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan introduced a bill to combat algorithmic discrimination in the use of automated tools that make consequential decisions. And California is not alone—a new wave of state legislation is taking on artificial intelligence (AI) regulation, raising key questions about how best to design and implement these laws.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan Introduces Groundbreaking Bill to Regulate Pesticides

AB 1042 gives the Department of Pesticide Regulation the authority to regulate pesticides used to treat seeds, fixing glaring gap in DPR’s current oversight.

Sacramento, CA –Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer Kahan (D-Orinda) has introduced a bill to give the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) the authority to regulate pesticides used to treat seeds, fixing a glaring gap in DPR’s current oversight. 

‘A foundation of racism’: California’s antiquated water rights system faces new scrutiny


It’s an arcane system of water law that dates back to the birth of California — an era when 49ers used sluice boxes and water cannons to scour gold from Sierra Nevada foothills and when the state government promoted the extermination of Native people to make way for white settlers.

Today, this antiquated system of water rights still governs the use of the state’s supplies, but it is now drawing scrutiny like never before.

Park District names Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan 2022 Radke Championing Advocacy Award Recipient


Oakland, CA – The East Bay Regional Park District and the Regional Parks Foundation recognized State Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan with the 2022 Radke Championing Advocacy Award at a ceremony at Inspiration Point in Tilden Regional Park.

Bauer-Kahan was instrumental in securing $4 million in the 2019-20 state budget for restoration at McCosker Creek in Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in Orinda and $3.5 million in the 2021-22 state budget for wildfire protection equipment.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan Introduces Legislation to Improve Access to Campsites

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan Introduces Legislation to Improve Access to Campsites

Sacramento, CA –Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan has introduced AB 618, which will increase access to California's public parks and beaches by promoting responsible reservation practices.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan Introduces Bill to Protect Reproductive and Sexual Health Information

AB 254 makes confidential personal data collected by apps and websites used by individuals for menstrual tracking, and for other reproductive and sexual health

Sacramento CA – Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) has introduced AB 254, which ensures the privacy and security of individuals' information when they opt to use apps and websites that provide reproductive and sexual health services.

‘We are outlawing misinformation.’ California bill goes after crisis pregnancy centers


Nearly five years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law aimed at preventing “crisis pregnancy centers” from misrepresenting the prenatal and abortion services they offer, a state lawmaker is trying again with a different approach. The original measure required centers to provide pregnant people seeking help with information about how the state offers free or low-cost prenatal and abortion-related care to qualified applicants. The Supreme Court ruled that this violated the center operators’ First Amendment rights.