A U.S. Supreme Court decision will limit Medi-Cal lawsuits in California. Health care providers and the state have long fought over reimbursement rates. The ruling will likely disadvantage providers in future battles.
Registered Republicans make up less than 28 percent of California voters. Independent voters now outnumber Republicans in 13 counties and 172 cities. Independent voters outnumber Democrats in 14 cities, but not in any county.
Mulling a run for the U.S. Senate, Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra stopped off Monday in San Diego. He told people, “I am absolutely serious about this.” He said the decision will depend on where he can do more for the state.
California lawmakers are asking questions about rises in gasoline prices earlier this year. Environmental activist Tom Steyer wants Democrats to “demand answers” from oil industry executives. Industry officials say there’s nothing unusual about the way the market reacted.
Controversy continues to erupt over back-channel communications at the Public Utilities Commission. Lawmakers have convened hours of oversight hearings this month. Investigators have requested about 1.6 million documents from the PUC.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vaccine skeptic, hopes a film can change minds. The movie will be showing in Sacramento on April 7. Will California legislators, who are debating a mandatory vaccine bill, attend the show?
Democratic legislators in California are pushing bills to close the gap between men’s and women’s wages. But even among the Legislature’s own employees, women – on average – make less than men. They also are less likely to be in the highest-paid positions.