The Latest: Assembly OKs health care for adult immigrants
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California Legislature (all times local):
The California Assembly voted Tuesday to extend the state’s Medicaid program to eligible adults who are in the country illegally.
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend about $98 million a year to cover low-income immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25 who are living in the country illegally. The state Senate’s budget proposal would also add coverage for people 65 and older living in the country illegally.
The state Assembly’s bill would cover all immigrants in California living in the country illegally over the age of 19.
But Newsom has raised concern about the assembly’s bill because it is estimated to cost more than $3 billion a year.
The bill passed 44-11.
The proposed law, Assembly Bill 4, goes next to the state Senate.
The California Assembly has voted to ban the manufacture and sale of new fur products.
Animal welfare groups have rallied around the bill, arguing the fur industry is inhumane and pointing to alternatives like faux fur.
But opponents of the bill have countered that the proposed law would devastate fur retailers and manufacturers.
Some California cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley, have already passed ordinances banning the sale of fur.
The New York City council has also considered banning fur sales in America’s biggest city.
The bill would not include used fur products or furs used for traditional purposes. Leather, cowhide and shearling would be exempt, too.
The measure, Assembly Bill 44, now goes to the state Senate.
Candidates running for office in California could use campaign donations to pay for childcare costs under legislation approved by the state Assembly on Tuesday.
California law generally prohibits candidates from using campaign funds for personal expenses.
But the proposed law would allow campaigns to pay for daycare, babysitting, nannying or after school programs while a candidate is on the trail.
Backers argue the bipartisan bill will remove barriers for candidates interested in running for office and encourage more diversity in politics. But some lawmakers say it seems elitist at a time when childcare is unaffordable for many.
The Federal Election Commission said last year that a campaign could cover a congressional candidate’s childcare costs in some circumstances.
The measure, Assembly Bill 220, goes next to the state Senate.