With Jerry Brown now governor, California lawmakers are resurrecting an idea vetoed by Arnold Schwarzenegger: Make utilities buy at least 33 percent of electricity from renewable sources.
Politicians in several states collect suggestions that they take before their fellow lawmakers. Some suggestions have succeeded in becoming law.
California's first lady was filmed thrice talking on a handheld phone while driving. State highway patrol's cellphone citations are up from last year.
As officials investigate whether the engineer sent messages, California's governor weighs a ban for drivers.
Legislatures in at least 14 states are considering restrictions on drivers tapping out text messages. Four states already have bans.