California’s Climate Disclosure Laws Face Threats of Weakened Implementation Amid Business Group Opposition

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s groundbreaking laws requiring large companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related risks face potential obstacles that could allow polluters to conceal their climate impacts. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups have sued to block the laws, claiming they infringe on First Amendment rights by compelling companies to release information on climate change. Surprisingly, Governor Gavin Newsom, who signed the bills into law, is now showing resistance and seeking to water down the requirements. California became the first state to pass laws mandating standardized, public reporting of … Read more

California’s Cannabis Laws Creating Barriers to Fairness and Safety in the Market, According to Latest Report

San Francisco, California – A newly released report sheds light on the challenges faced by California’s cannabis industry and its impact on creating a safe and fair marketplace. The report highlights how the state’s current laws are hindering the industry’s progress and impeding the establishment of an equitable business environment for cannabis entrepreneurs. According to the report, California’s complex regulatory framework has resulted in a fragmented and confusing landscape for both businesses and consumers. The patchwork of laws and regulations at the local and state levels has created significant barriers to entry for small businesses, … Read more

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to Weigh Challenge to California’s Mail-In Voting System

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments today in a lawsuit challenging California’s mail-in voting system. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Election Integrity Project California (EIPCa), a fringe right-wing group, claims that California’s voting laws and regulations surrounding universal mail-in voting, online voter registration, community ballot collection, and increased voting access are unconstitutional. The plaintiffs argue that several California Assembly and Senate bills, along with sections of the California Code of Regulations, violate the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the 14th Amendment. … Read more

Federal Judge Rules California’s Ammunition Background Checks Violate Constitutional Right to Bear Arms

SAN DIEGO – A federal judge in San Diego has ruled that California’s law requiring background checks for ammunition purchases is unconstitutional, as it violates the right to bear arms protected by the Second Amendment. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez argued that the background checks have “no historical pedigree” and treat all citizens as if they have no right to buy ammunition. The judge, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, also criticized California’s handling of the more than 1 million annual background checks, deeming the 11% rejection rate to be too high. … Read more