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California Single-Payer Health Care Bill Moves to Senate Floor

Posted May 26, 2017

The California Senate Appropriations Committee voted 5-2 to pass the Healthy California Act (S.B.562), a $400 billion universal health care proposal, even though there is not yet a funding plan for the proposal.  S.B. 562 is a massive overhaul of the state’s health insurance market and its first cost assessment came in as larger than the state’s annual budget.  The bill will now be taken up on the Senate floor.  Read articles in the Sacramento Bee and Mercury News.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Block on Travel Ban

Posted May 26, 2017

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld  the injunction against President Trump’s executive order suspending new visas for travelers from six primarily Muslim countries.  Chief Judge Gregory wrote, “Congress granted the President broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute.  It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation.  Therefore, for the reasons that follow, we affirm in substantial part the district court’s issuance of a nationwide preliminary injunction as to Section 2(c) of the challenged Executive Order”.  Read articles in Courthouse News Service and USA Today.

California Supreme Court Overturns Court Order Protecting Elephants

Posted May 26, 2017

The California Supreme Court rejected the use of a taxpayer suit as a vehicle for enforcing animal cruelty laws.  In Leider v. Lewis, the justices ruled that a court cannot issue a mandatory injunction to enforce a criminal statute absent specific legal authority.  The court overturned trial court orders mandating that the Los Angeles Zoo take specified measures to improve the conditions of its elephants.  Read articles in Courthouse News Service and Metropolitan News-Enterprise.