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State Lawmakers Mull New Guidelines for Video Visitation Systems at Correctional Facilities

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Proposal Seeks Protections for California’s Sensitive Digital Content

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Bay Area Cities, Lawmakers Back Automated Speed Enforcement Systems

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Winters, Calif., Broadband Advocate Brings Rural Perspective to Assembly

As the mayor of the small town of Winters, Calif., Cecilia Aguiar-Curry advocated powerfully for computers in the schools and faster Internet speeds in her rural community. As the new Assemblymember from the 4th District, she plans to continue her push to close the digital divide.
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Law Enforcement Turns to Tech to Help Regulate Cannabis Industry

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When a Data Breach Happens, Will California Pay for Protection?

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California Democrats Move to Wall Off Data from Trump Administration

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How Will Changes to California's 'Tech Transfer' Statute Impact Businesses?

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State Plans to Decommission Old Version of Prescription Drug Database

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Lawmaker Revives Proposal for State Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program

Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, this month reintroduced legislation that would establish an Entrepreneur-in-Residence program to recruit as many as 10 individuals a year to state government who have successfully developed, invented or created a product and brought the product to the marketplace.
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New State Laws in 2017 Bolster Data Privacy Protections

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Legalized Recreational Pot Spurs California to Consider Tech for Testing Drivers

Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, this week introduced a bill that would allow officers to take a spit swab from drivers who’ve failed field sobriety tests. Portable instruments promise to detect the presence of pot and other drugs within minutes, telling officers whether they should potentially let the driver go free or take them to the station for a blood test and possible arrest.
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Lawmakers Introduce Bills on State Databases, Surveillance Technology, Utilities Reform

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State Bill Would Require Law Enforcement Make Improvements to Weapons Inventory System

State Sen. Jerry Hill said he introduced the legislation in response to investigations published this year revealing that many law enforcement agencies make little or no effort to inventory their weapons and that officers frequently lose their firearms — some of which end up on the street.
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Tech Caucus Looks Ahead to Legislature's 2017-18 Session

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Fresno County Adopts Moratorium on Cellphone Towers

Fresno County supervisors have slapped a moratorium on cellphone towers that a company has proposed building in three areas of the county, and they are not alone in their concerns about the Southern California firm’s plans.
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Boundless Launches GIS Products Based on Open-Source, Data-Rich Future

Boundless is looking to create a license-free model for mapping tools.
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Silicon Valley Leaders Reflect on Tech's Role in Election

For the last year and a half, the technocrats of Silicon Valley have made clear where their allegiances lie: With few exceptions, they organized for Hillary Clinton, supported progressive causes, pushed for looser immigration restrictions, donated tens of millions of dollars to Democrats and related campaigns.
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President-Elect's Tax Plan Could Lure Tech Firms' Cash Back to U.S.

A tax plan from President-elect Donald Trump could solve one of the biggest problems facing the Bay Area’s tech industry: billions in cash parked overseas, with foreign governments itching to get their hands on it.
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State Election Website Causes Headaches for Some Northern California Voters

Voters wondering where they will cast their ballots Tuesday should turn to the local elections office website as the California Secretary of State’s website appears to be having problems.
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No Ballot Selfies in California ... Yet

The ACLU argued in federal court Wednesday that a 125-year-old California law banning voters from showing their marked ballots to others is in conflict with the right to freedom of expression.Voters will have many options at the polls Tuesday. Taking a selfie of their ballot won't be one of them.
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California Voters Asked to Force Transparency in State Legislature

The backers of Proposition 54 don’t have to do much to explain their motivation for imposing a waiting period for final action on bills by the California Legislature.
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States Feel Pressure to Comply with Real ID as Stiff Consequences Loom on Horizon

States have struggled to meet federal ID requirements since stiffer regulations were passed in 2005; now, as deadlines loom, extensions on compliance are getting more difficult to come by.
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Energy Storage Industry Wants Tax Credits Enjoyed by Wind, Solar

They may not get it this year, but boosters of energy storage technologies want their sector to get the same tax credits that the federal government extends to the wind and solar industries.
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Governor Vetoes Contracting Bills Over FI$Cal Programming Costs

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