Voters threw their weight behind state, county, and city referendums raising the minimum wage across seven states on Election Day Tuesday.
Election Day Decisions on Marijuana and Nonviolent Crimes Also Counter Racial Biases of War on Drugs
The new laws could help to significantly reduce the disparate impact of overpolicing and incarceration of people of color.
Newly released US Census data shows the wage gap for African American and Latina women is worse in some areas where the overall gender wage gap is small.
Although a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights says the new complaint from the Catholic conference is under review, Rouillard has reiterated that the agency considers abortion a basic health care service.
The bill will radically change the current standard of proving sexual assault, which requires victims of sexual assault to demonstrate that they did not consent.
The law also now requires the California Military Department to report annually to the state government on sexual assault incidences and prevention plans.
Senator Barbara Boxer urged California universities to create independent sexual assault victim's advocates on their campuses in a letter sent out on Tuesday.
The bill now awaits Governor Jerry Brown's signature. If he does not sign it within 12 days, it will go into effect by default.
The state of California had previously allowed insurance companies on two campuses to deny abortion coverage. On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown's Department of Managed Health Care reversed that decision.
A federal judge ruled the California death penalty unconstitutional, leading legal experts to forecast similar calls for overhaul in other states.
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that "gay conversion therapy," which aims to change the sexual orientation of children under the age of 18, is within a state's right to regulate and can therefore be banned.
Women's rights activist and attorney, Sandra Fluke, finished in the top two in her run for an open state Senate seat in California's 26th district.
The City Council of Los Angeles, California approved a resolution this week condemning Brunei's brutal new "kill-a-gay, flog-a-woman" penal code and urging the nation and its Sultan to divest its ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel, not long after a similar resolution was unanimously approved by the Beverly Hills City Council.
"The City of Beverly Hills strongly condemns the government of Brunei as well as other governments which engage in similar policies for adopting laws that impose extreme and inhumane penalties including execution by stoning, flogging and severing of limbs."
Students File Two Federal Complaints Against UC Berkeley for Mishandling Campus Sexual Assault Cases
31 current and former University of California at Berkeley filed two federal complaints against the college Wednesday, alleging that the university had failed to properly handle sexual assault cases within good time, investigate serial rapists, and take rape and harassment on campus seriously.
"We want to make sure administrations can't keep stuff hush hush in hopes of making it seem like a school is safe than it really is."
Only six other states and Puerto Rico have discrimination protections for victims.
By expanding abortion access, California bucks the national trend of passing legislation that restricts abortion access.
California enacted a law Wednesday that will gradually raise the minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour.
A bill that would protect the rights of domestic workers has passed the California State Senate.