CA legislative roundup: Fair pay for college athletes, employee benefits for gig workers, public banks and more

0:08 – Leonard Spector (@leonard_spector) updates the show about Iran’s nuclear enrichment status. He is deputy director of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies’ James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and the former assistant deputy administrator for arms control and nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration. 

0:34 -KPFA News: State lawmakers have given their first approval to a measure to help stabilize California’s utility companies that have been rocked by the costs of recent devastating wildfires. The measure creates a new fund to help pay victims of wildfires linked to utility equipment. KPFA’s Christopher Martinez reports. 

0:37 – Mark Toney is the Executive Director of the The Utility Reform Network, and joins to discuss the massive wildfire liability package up for a sudden vote in Sacramento. 

0:54 – Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined other local Democratic Lawmakers Monday in San Francisco to mark the beginning of the Democrat’s “Election Security Week of Action.” Pelosi said the weeklong effort is aimed at highlighting Democrat’s work to counter foreign intelligence interference in US elections and stop what they said are Republican efforts to reduce Democratic voter turnout. KPFA’s Scott Baba reports.

1:08 – Felicia Mello (@feliciamello) is a higher education reporter with CalMatters. Her latest piece is on the Fair Pay to Play Act (SB 206), entitled “Should college athletes profit from their prowess? NCAA says no, but California may say yes.”

1:16 – Veena Dubal (@veenadubal) is a law professor at UC Hastings, where she publishes research on precarious workers and the so-called “sharing economy,” joins to discuss AB 5 and the fight to award employee benefits to gig workers.

1:35 – Sushil Jacob is Senior Attorney for Economic Justice with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the SF Bay Area, and founding member of California Public Banking Alliance. He discusses the advantages of a public banking system that could be an option for California under AB 857.

1:55 – KPFA’s Cat Brooks discusses AB 392, a bill that would impose new standards about deadly force on police in California, now poised to be signed by Governor Newsom.

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