According to data from his office, Newsom has already approved more than 350 bills and vetoed about 25. (A few notable vetoes: proposals to increase family leave payments, require companies to prove they’re not contributing to deforestation, and allow farm workers to vote for unions by mail.)
Newsom has many more decisions to make by the end of the week, including on some of the measures hotly debated in the legislature. Here’s a snapshot:
AB 101: Making Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement
Under this proposal, public school students would have to complete an ethnic studies course from the fall of 2024 to graduate from high school. This is the third attempt by Riverside Democrat Councilman Jose Medina to approve such a mandate, CalMatters reports. .
Newsom vetoed this idea last year amid opposition from some parents and members of the state’s Jewish community, who said the curriculum was biased toward Palestine.
AB 1238: Decriminalize Jaywalking
This bill would remove fines for crossing the street outside a crosswalk – unless there is imminent danger. There would be no more tickets to cross the road if there were no cars in sight.
Supporters of the law say police enforce laws against jaywalking in unequal ways or use them as a pretext to detain people for no good reason. California police officers are five times more likely to stop a black person for a walking offense than a white person, Bloomberg CityLab reports.
AB 1456: Extension of the university’s financial support
This measure would significantly ease the eligibility requirements for university funding, allowing tens of thousands of additional students to receive assistance.
The proposal, which is expected to cost between $85 million and $175 million a year, is the latest effort by lawmakers that have long wanted to provide more financial aid to students, CalMatters reports.
The governor’s finance department opposes the bill, but supporters hope the state budget surplus will convince Newsom to sign it anyway.
AB 928: Making it easier to transition to a four-year college
This bill could be another with major implications for the state’s college system, as it would pave the way for community college students to transfer to a California State University or University of California campus.
Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis and student groups endorse the measure, while the UC Office of the President and Newsom’s finance department oppose it, CalMatters reports.
SB 110: Paying Drug Users Not To Use
California could become the first state to begin treatment that will pay people not to use methamphetamine and cocaine. This bill would allow the state’s Medicaid program to fund these new efforts.
Studies have shown that positive reinforcement — in this case paying people not to use drugs — is the most effective treatment for meth or cocaine addiction, especially when combined with behavioral therapy, KQED reports.
SB 98: Protection of rights for journalists
Following recent injuries and arrests of journalists covering protests, this measure aims to limit the extent of police interference with the news media at public events.
The bill would prevent police officers from blocking journalists covering demonstrations and would prevent them from citing journalists for failing to spread the word or hindering them from being where they need to be to do their jobs.
Newsom vetoed a version of this bill last year.
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The latest rows begin today in the trial of two men accused of paying to get their children to the University of Southern California.
Where we are traveling
Today’s travel tip comes from Evy Journey, a reader who lives in Berkeley. Evy recommends Bodega Bay in Sonoma County:
The light in Bodega Bay amazes. While it can display its full, intense spectrum, casting a rainbow of shadows on anything it overflows, it is never harsh. It caresses the ocean with glittering silver or imbues it with dark impenetrable blue.
Beaches and undulating paths with breathtaking coastal panoramas invite to afternoon walks.
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