Blog Posts By:

Emily Rusch,
Vice President and Senior Director of State Offices, The Public Interest Network

Yesterday a CALPIRG-backed bill that would have required the prescription drug companies to disclose some of the factors behind their skyrocketing prices failed to pass out of the Assembly Health Committee. The pharmaceutical companies had heavily lobbied against the bill. 

Today we join 130,000 Californians who have signed petitions urging you to protect net metering, reject new fees, and continue to expand solar access to more Californians.

This morning at the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 350 into law. SB 350 requires California to generate 50% of our energy from clean, renewable sources, and to increase our energy efficiency by 50%, all by 2030.

Today CALPIRG called on the California Supreme Court to put Prop 49 back on the ballot in November 2016. Prop 49 is a voter instruction measure calling on our elected officials to overturn Citizens United and reduce the influence of big money in politics. 

Earlier this week AB 1461 (Gonzalez), passed out of both the Assembly Transportation Committee and the Assembly Elections Committee. The legislation would update existing California's Motor Voter Law to automatically register eligible Californians to vote unless they decide to opt out. CALPIRG supports the legislation, which is strongly backed by Secretary of State Alex Padilla. 

CALPIRG experts provide tips for consumers on what to watch out for and how to respond to last week's announcement that up to 80 million Anthem customers had their personal information stolen in a data breach. 

CALPIRG supports Prop 37 and encourages you to support it, too. The concept behind Prop 37 is simple. Should we as consumers know more about what is in our food? Should we know if our food contains genes that are modified through engineering? 

Instead of embracing reform, the Senate decided to continue to send tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to Big Ag. 

Statement of U.S. PIRG Tax and Budget Associate Dan Smith on the U.S. House transportation reauthorization bill.

Today’s earthquake in Virginia, less than ten miles from two nuclear reactors, is a jolting reminder of exactly the type of unpredictable risk that threaten the safety and security of nuclear power plants here in California and across the country.