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California is one of seven states that bans assault weapons, which are semi-automatic, military-style weapons with features that make them easy to conceal, and easy to fire multiple rounds of ammunition continuously. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is in the process of filing a series of lawsuits challenging the

Hate Speech

Yesterday, the California State Senate Committee on the Judiciary held its first hearing on “Combating Hate While Protecting the Constitution.” The Senate Committee heard testimony from constitutional scholar and dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, and from Joanna Mendelson with the Anti-Defamation

Welcome to our In Brief series. In these posts and podcasts, we break down the key concepts in the day’s news and quickly explain why it matters to Californians.


Political Question Doctrine

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, in which a three-judge

Welcome to Policy Change in Practice. In this series, we talk with the key people engaged in changing public policies at every level of government. Our conversations focus on how their organizations change policy, as well as their personal tips and insights into the most effective ways to make change.
Policy Change

Advocacy impacts decision makers and prompts policy change. We bring you news, practice tips, and practical examples of advocacy aimed at legislators, regulators, judges, and juries. We help you understand who exercises influence to impact law and policy and how they do it, and we provide tools and resources so you can master the art

Policy changes constantly in California. We keep you up to speed on the most pressing public policy issues, and on potential solutions as they are considered and tried. We help you understand the operations and output of various policy-making bodies, from local to global in scale. And we bring you nuanced insights from experienced players in

California’s laws implement fresh ideas and serve as models for change across the nation. We bring you nuts-and-bolts explanations of how the various bodies that make laws, regulations, and rules operate, and advice from insiders about how to navigate the processes.  We update you on proposed changes to existing laws, and provide information and analysis

By: Kyle Harrison
When the police arrest someone on suspicion of committing a crime, the person is brought to jail. In an ideal criminal justice system, the person would be given a trial the next day where a judge and jury determine the defendant’s guilt.  This is not the system we currently have. Individuals are

By: Nolan Kessler
The amount of energy, land, water, and money spent on wasted food in the United States is staggering. Specifically, Americans waste “four percent of the [national] energy budget, about 12 percent of the land . . . 23 percent of all freshwater,” and $162 billion each year on uneaten food. Confusing food

By: Libby Grotewohl
Do you know what ingredients are in the cleaning products you use throughout your home? When asked that question, most of us would refer to the ingredient list on the product’s label. However, like most Americans, you may be surprised to find no ingredient list on nearly all cleaning product labels.