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SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued a consumer alert following the Equifax data breach that affected 143 million Americans and over 15 million Californians. Equifax is one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. According to Equifax, the breach lasted from mid-May through July, and compromised names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.

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SACRAMENTO – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla today released the statement below in response to a letter from Kris Kobach, Vice Chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The Commission was established through executive order by President Donald Trump after he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election. Because he lost the popular vote, Trump has falsely alleged that three to five million votes were cast illegally in the 2016 election. This, despite the fact that his claims of voter fraud are unsubstantiated and that academics and bipartisan leaders have confirmed that there is no evidence of large scale, let alone massive voter fraud.

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oshua Tree, CA – Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources confirmed David Bernhardt as Deputy Interior Secretary, the second ranking official in the Department of the Interior. Bernhardt has conducted legal work for Cadiz Inc., a company that aims to drain water from an aquifer in the Mojave Trails National Monument for use in coastal communities.

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SACRAMENTO - This week, the California State Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 679 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), which would take a step toward further discouraging the revolving door of legislators resigning office and becoming lobbyists.

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Sacramento – Today, AB 523, the Equity in Clean Energy Investment bill, was approved by the full State Assembly and passed to the State Senate. The bill requires the California Energy Commission to allocate at least 25% of the money used for the deployment of renewable technologies to be used in disadvantaged communities and another 10% to be used in low-income communities, through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program.

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Joshua Tree, CA – Today, the California State Assembly passed Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 15, a bill to protect federal public lands, maintain the integrity of the Antiquities Act, and honor the designation of national monuments designated since 1906. The bill is a response to the Department of the Interior (DOI) review of the national monuments designated using the Antiquities Act since 1996.

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SACRAMENTO – As the state’s economic recovery stretches into an eighth year – two years short of the longest on record – and with increasing uncertainty from Washington, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released a revised state budget that continues to plan for tougher times ahead, while maintaining spending on core programs such as education and child care.

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SACRAMENTO – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced today his opposition to H.R. 2090, introduced by Indiana Rep. Luke Messer, which requires voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot in federal elections. The full text of the Secretary’s opposition letter can be found below:

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