California divorce courts go to dogs as pets gain status

John Rogers, Associated Press
 
LOS ANGELES — California courts could be going to the dogs — and maybe cats, too — under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes.
 
Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a status giving them little more standing in a divorce than a family's big-screen TV.
 
Under a bill signed Thursday by Gov.

California pets with divorcing owners just scored a legal win

Abby Hamblin, San Diego Union Tribune
 
Who gets the family pet in a divorce?
It depends on many factors, including what state the owners live in, but California just began a new era for how dogs, cats and other pets with a new law that will take affect in 2019.

Quirk Bill to Protect and Expand Mobile Connectivity for Low-Income Californians is Vetoed

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to improve the impact and the effective of California’s LifeLine Program, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) authored AB 2652. This bill, that would have improved the administration of the program by making it easier for customers to enroll and stay enrolled in the program, was vetoed by Governor Brown.

 

Bill to Encourage More Participation in Public Service is Signed into law

SACRAMENTO – Earlier in the year, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), met with a University of California professor who expressed frustration over California’s open meeting requirements, known as Bagley-Keene, and explained how these antiquated rules were actually hindering the ability of advisory committees to do their work.  

 

Guidelines on Lane Splitting are Published by the California Highway Patrol

SACRAMENTO – In 2016 Assemblymembers Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), a retired California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer introduced AB 51 to grant the CHP authority to draft educational guidelines on lane splitting. Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle drives between rows of stopped or moving traffic. AB 51 was signed into law in 2017 by Governor Jerry Brown.

 

Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Let Court Consider Pet's Well-Being in Divorces

John Rogers, NBC Bay Area
 
California courts could be going to the dogs — and maybe cats, too — under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes.
 
Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a status giving them little more standing in a divorce than a family's big-screen TV.
 
Under a bill signed Thursday by Gov.

California Gov. Signs Bill Allowing More Cannabis Event Venues

Pat Beggan, Ganjapreneur
 
Previously, cannabis events were required by law to be held only at county fairgrounds. California being as large as it is, those fairgrounds might be hundreds of miles and hours of driving from some cities.
 
The bill AB 2020, now law, was authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk specifically to patch the hole in cannabis permitting that started to become an issue earlier this year.