California Lawmakers Revive a Big Piece of Obamacare

SACRAMENTO — The California Legislature voted Monday to tax people who refuse to buy health insurance, bringing back a key part of former President Barack Obama's health care law in the country's most populous state after it was eliminated by Republicans in Co...
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Oregon Set to Become 1st State With Mandatory Rent Controls

SALEM, Ore. — Faced with a housing shortage and skyrocketing rents, Oregon is poised to become the first state to impose mandatory rent controls, with a measure establishing tenant protections moving swiftly through the Legislature. "We've waited too long a...
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Lawmakers OK Bill to Keep Kids From Adult Court

SACRAMENTO — A bill to keep 14- and 15-year-olds out of adult criminal courts is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. State senators passed the measure 22-15 Thursday. If Brown signs it, prosecutors could no longer a...