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Kern County officials filed a lawsuit claiming the state’s 20,000-page environmental review does not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act because it is not thorough enough and fails to account for things such as relocating existing electrical infrastructure, locating construction staging areas and public access to parkways in Bakersfield.
Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, will take over as head of the caucus from Connie Conway of Tulare after the November elections. Olsen was elected to the Assembly in 2010 and has served as the Vice Chair of the Education Committee. Olsen is a native of Modesto and spent four years on the Modesto City Council before winning her Assembly seat. Because of term limits, she will only serve as Republican leader for one session.
Federal Agencies

President Obama announced a government-wide strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators, which are vital to many crops.
Federal Legislation

President Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) into law on June 10.
House Republicans elected Kevin McCarthy as the new majority leader following the resignation of Eric Cantor, who was defeated in the Virginia primary election.
State Agencies

Kern County officials filed a lawsuit claiming the state’s 20,000-page environmental review does not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act because it is not thorough enough and fails to account for things such as relocating existing electrical infrastructure, locating construction staging areas and public access to parkways in Bakersfield.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the 2014-2015 totaling $156.3 billion saying “This on-time budget provides for today and saves for the future.”
The Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund filed a lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the state agency responsible for ensuring California meets the emissions reduction targets of AB32 the global warming law, to contest the state’s plan to use Cap and Trade funds to finance the California high-speed rail project.
State Legislation

Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, will take over as head of the caucus from Connie Conway of Tulare after the November elections. Olsen was elected to the Assembly in 2010 and has served as the Vice Chair of the Education Committee. Olsen is a native of Modesto and spent four years on the Modesto City Council before winning her Assembly seat. Because of term limits, she will only serve as Republican leader for one session.
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