May 9, 2022
Weideman Group Weekly
The newest member of the California State Assembly, Matt Haney, was sworn in this week. Accompanied by his mother at the ceremony, Assemblymember Haney now represents the 17th Assembly district, which includes the eastern half of San Francisco. He previously served on the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors.
Abortion Takes Center Stage
Following the recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that could overturn the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, California leaders announced their intent to place a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to enshrine the right to an abortion in California. In a joint statement, the Governor and legislative leaders said “California will not stand idly by as women across America are stripped of their rights and the progress so many have fought for gets erased.”
Out-of-state companies proposing a ballot measure to legalize online sports wagering in California have submitted 1.6 million signatures to local election officials for verification. California’s powerful tribal community will not sit idle if the measure qualifies for the November ballot. In 1987, the US Supreme Court affirmed the inherent right of tribes to conduct and regulate gaming on their sovereign lands. The passage of this measure would not only threaten the sovereignty of Indian Tribes, but 90% of the proceeds would be directed out-of-state.
Crypto Executive Order
Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order that will start the process of creating a framework for responsible blockchain technology and crypto currencies to further legitimize the industry and protect consumers. The Order seeks feedback from stakeholders and begins to outline a regulatory approach. It also sets California up to swiftly adopt and implement expected federal rules regarding the technologies.
California’s grid was briefly 100% powered by renewable energy over the weekend. Low power demand caused by moderate spring temperatures and longer days allowing for more solar energy production contributed to the milestone. With an expected high energy demand over the summer, Governor Newsom is suggesting that Pacific Gas & Electric not decommission the Diablo Canyon Nuclear power plant. The Governor said the company should reconsider given the threat of climate change and possible power shortages as demand on the grid continues to grow.