Loosening of Offshore Drilling Safety Rules Prompts Lawsuit

Fearing a rollback of offshore drilling rules will threaten worker safety and coastal waters, nine environmental groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday, claiming weaker standards could lead to another catastrophe like the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Read more

EPA Alums Broadly Renounce Trump Indifference to Climate Change

Republican and Democrat alike, four former EPA administrators testified Tuesday before Congress that they are fearful for the public health as the Trump administration deregulates longstanding environmental policies and pares back the agency’s research on climate change.

Read more

Rent Spikes, Gig Jobs Among Bills Facing Legislative Action

The California Legislature faces key decisions this week, including trying to reign in police use of force, prevent rent spikes, and alter labor laws affecting workers in the gig economy. Friday is the deadline for the Assembly and Senate to pass or reject bills that originated in each chamber. If they survive, they will be considered by the opposing chamber before lawmakers adjourn in September.

Read more

Judge Looks Unlikely to Nix Rule for Short-Term Health Plans

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., appeared skeptical Tuesday of arguments from a collection of advocacy groups and health insurance providers trying to strike down a Trump administration rule easing restrictions on short-term insurance plans that do not need to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Read more