FROM Hannah-Beth Jackson
Pay Equality in California: Will It Work in Hollywood? Last year, when Patricia Arquette won an Oscar for Boyhood, she stunned the audience with a speech about the continuing difference in pay between men and women doing the same work. That was part of the motivation for a new law, which has just gone into effect in California: The Fair Pay Act . We talk with the bill's author, Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson from Santa Barbara.
Are Budget Cuts at CA Courts Causing Injustice for Millions? In yesterday's annual address to the State Legislature, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said the lack of sufficient funding for state courts is risking a civil rights crisis. It's a familiar message, and one that struck home to one Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Dueling Democrats and Prison Reform The US Supreme Court says California’s prisons are too crowded, and Governor Brown wants to rent beds in private prisons and out-of-state facilities. Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez and Republicans in both legislative houses agree. But yesterday, a State Senate committee approved an alternative to reduce the inmate population by rehabilitation, including drug treatment, as well as preventive measures.
Legislators Call for Investigation into Sterilizations in Prison In a story we aired on Tuesday, the Center for Investigative Reporting discovered that 150 pregnant women were sterilized in California prisons between 2006 and 2010 — without the required notification to top state medical officials. Inmates and their advocates said they were pushed to sign up, and a prison doctor said the cost was minimal compared to potential welfare payments for unwanted children. Some legislators are outraged, including Hanna-Beth Jackson, a State Senator from Santa Barbara and chair of the Women's Caucus.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?