- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on activity in the California Legislature (all times local):

2 p.m.

Nail salons that accept credits cards would be required to accept tips from the cards under legislation a bill approved in the California Legislature.

The state Senate backed SB896 in a 27-4 vote on Thursday, sending it to the Assembly.

Republican Sen. Janet Nguyen of Fountain Valley says customers increasingly rely on credit cards and don’t have cash available for a tip. Nguyen says her bill would help thousands of women who work hard for low wages.

Four Democratic senators voted against the measure, including Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino. Leyva says she’s concerned business owners will keep credit card tips rather than ensuring they go to the workers.

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This item has been updated to correct the bill number. It is SB896, not SB1084.

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1:30 p.m.

The California state Senate is backing legislation to prohibit manufacturers of razors, toys and other products from charging more for items simply because they’re pink.

The bill approved Thursday follows reports that products marketed to women and girls are often sold at higher prices than similar products marketed to men and boys.

SB899 would allow consumers to file discrimination lawsuits against companies that violate the ban on gender-based pricing.

Supporters say pricing items differently based on their color or stylistic flourishes discriminates against women.

Business groups warn that the measure would subject firms to frivolous litigation and raise prices for consumers.

The Senate passed the bill in a 22-12 vote, with only Democrats backing it. It now heads to the Assembly.

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11:30 a.m.

The California Senate has voted to ban smoking within 250 feet of youth sporting events.

The bill approved Thursday was proposed by 8th grade students at an Elk Grove school.

Democratic Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento says his bill would set the right example for young people playing sports. It would allow a fine for anyone using tobacco products or electronic cigarettes while children are present at practices, games or other activities related to youth sports.

Republican Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel says she opposed the legislation because it could inadvertently prohibit smoking at homes located close to youth sports fields.

The Senate’s 32-5 vote sends the measure to the Assembly.

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