Spotlight on California

MapLight research on the influence of money and politics in California.

Money and Votes Divide along Party Lines in Committee Hearing to Regulate Health Insurance Plans

July 8, 2011 - The California Senate Committee on Health voted (5-3) to pass AB 52, a bill that would require health insurance plans and rate increases to be approved by a state board.

Union-Backed Online Voter Registration Bill Moves Forward Without Republican Support

July 7, 2011 - The California Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting passed a bill (SB 397) on Tuesday that would allow citizens in California to register to vote online. The bill passed the committee by a party line vote of 5-2, with Democrats voting in favor of the measure and Republicans voting against it.

Money Behind BPA Ban Vote (5-3) in Senate Committee on Health

June 23, 2011 - The California Senate Committee on Health passed a bill (AB 1319) by a vote of 5-3 on Wednesday prohibiting the use of the chemical BPA in certain commercial products.

Tobacco Money Tries to Make Smoking Ban Blow Over

June 16, 2011 - The California Assembly Labor and Employment Committee is scheduled to consider a bill (SB 575) on June 22 that would expand the existing workplace smoking ban. The measure is opposed by the Cigar Association of America, Cigar Rights of America and Commonwealth Brands, Inc.

Democrats Show Consistent Voting Pattern on Bills to Regulate Health Insurance Rate Hikes

June 7, 2011 - On June 2, the California Assembly passed AB 52, a bill that would require health insurance companies to seek approval from a state regulatory board before increasing their premiums.