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Image caption: Gov. Gavin News signed a broad new set of police reform laws Sept. 30.
California’s Sweeping New Police Reform Laws, Explained
Gov. Gavin Newsom and California’s Democratic legislators have enacted a sweeping new package of police reform legislation. Here’s what the new laws will accomplish, and why.

Image caption: Water is a human right under California law, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
Agriculture and Water Shortages in the State’s Breadbasket, Explained
Residential wells are drying up in the state’s main agricultural region at the same time that agricultural businesses consume almost 90 percent of the water there.

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770 New Laws Coming to Sacramento

While many locals were engrossed in the Dodgers-Giants first playoff game, Gov. Newsom signed his final bills for the year. In fact, he signed 770 new ones into law.

(Oct. 11, 2021) → Read the full ElkGroveNews.Net report
New Law Will Idle Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers, Lawn Mowers

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will phase out the sale of gas-powered leaf blowers and other small off-road engines. According to the Air Resources Board, an hour’s use of a gas-powered leaf blower produces the same emissions as a drive from Los Angeles to Denver.

(Oct. 10, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
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