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DA Willis breaks silence after scandal brings down Trump prosecutor: ‘Train is coming’

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said she doesn’t feel her reputation has been tarnished as she moves forward with her 2020 election interference case against former President Trump after being accused of having an “improper” relationship with the special counsel she hired. 

“I don’t feel like my reputation needs to be reclaimed,” Willis told CNN on Saturday after a reporter asked her about it. “I guess my greatest crime is I had a relationship with a man, that’s not something I find embarrassing in any way. And I know that I have not done anything that’s illegal.”

Although the racketeering case was delayed by two months, Willis said her team hasn’t slowed down. 

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“My team’s been continuing to work it … We were still doing the case in the way that it needed to be done,” she said. “I don’t feel like we’ve been slowed down at all. I do think there are efforts to slow down this train, but the train is coming.” 

Trump and several co-defendants said Willis was romantically linked with Nathan Wade, whom she hired to prosecute the case, prior to his hiring and alleged that she was financially benefiting from the position he held in her office. 

Both Willis and Wade denied those allegations. 

After hearing all the evidence presented in court, Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee last week gave Willis an ultimatum — remove herself from the case or fire Wade. Hours after the judge’s order, Wade resigned from the case, allowing Willis to remain on it. 

McAfee said that the defendants “failed to meet their burden of proving that the District Attorney acquired an actual conflict of interest in this case through her personal relationship and recurring travels with her lead prosecutor.”

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However, the established record now highlights a significant appearance of impropriety that infects the current structure of the prosecution team — an appearance that must be removed through the state’s selection of one of two options,” he wrote, adding that Willis and her whole office can choose to step aside, or Wade can withdraw from the case.

McAfee said that “[w]ithout sufficient evidence that the District Attorney acquired a personal stake in the prosecution, or that her financial arrangements had any impact on the case, the Defendants’ claims of an actual conflict must be denied.”

But he went on to say that his finding is “by no means an indication that the Court condones this tremendous lapse in judgment or the unprofessional manner of the District Attorney’s testimony during the evidentiary hearing.”

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“Rather, it is the undersigned’s opinion that Georgia law does not permit the finding of an actual conflict for simply making bad choices — even repeatedly — and it is the trial court’s duty to confine itself to the relevant issues and applicable law properly brought before it,” McAfee said. 

McAfee has also given Trump team 10 days to appeal his ruling. 

Fox News’ Brianna Herlihy and Claudia Kelly-Bazan contributed to this report. 

Republican breaks down exactly why Newsom hasn’t solved the homeless crisis

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., joined “Fox News Live” to break down his criticism of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s and the state’s efforts to combat its homeless and mental health crisis. 

“You can’t keep throwing money at the symptoms,” Issa argued.

California recently voted to approve a ballot measure, Proposition 1, allowing the state to raise a $6.4 billion bond to build mental healthcare facilities as well as drug and alcohol treatment clinics. 

California spent $22 billion in 2021 to help address the state’s homeless and mental health crisis. The latest estimate puts the state’s homeless population at 181,000.

“That $22 billion that the governor spent, he spent that basically buying hotel rooms to put people in for a night, two nights, 10 nights,” Issa said.

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Issa argued that the state’s focus on short-term solutions, such as temporary hotel accommodations, fails to address the underlying cause of the issue, such as drug and alcohol abuse driven by mental health disorders.

“The reason people are on fentanyl is they have disorders. The people who are on fentanyl, if they didn’t have disorders, have them. When we look at what is going on, why most people are homeless, it’s actually drug and alcohol abuse. So fixing it requires that they spend the money that they extracted from taxpayers properly, and they haven’t done that,” Issa said. “You cannot get rid of homelessness simply by giving somebody a hotel room for the night. You’ve got to cure the drivers of this homelessness.”

The California Republican also linked the homeless crisis to organized theft rings, suggesting that “weak” laws under Proposition 47 have facilitated the trade of stolen goods for drugs like fentanyl. 

When asked about the “main driver” of the mental health crisis by Fox News anchor Eric Shawn, Issa doubled down on “mental health, including addiction.”

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“The fact is, it can be treated. We can help many people, but that help is not a hotel room,” he added. “That help is real therapy. We’re in a state where you can’t incarcerate anyone unless they want to be incarcerated, and as soon as they get a little sober, they typically check themselves out and go back and score.”

Issa also suggested a more forceful strategy offering individuals facing felony charges the choice between jail time and “real therapy” rather than a temporary shelter.

“It’s going to take tough love,” he added.

Shawn also asked Issa about calls for a mental health initiative similar to the Marshall Plan.

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“You’re right about the Marshall Plan, except, remember, this is a Marshall Plan that has to be catered to each individual. You can’t treat a group like you would just a group of hungry people feeding them,” Issa said. “Each one of these people has to be addressed personally and kept in a real supervised situation until they, in fact, can in fact maintain sobriety on their own.” 

Gisele Bündchen addresses Tom Brady cheating rumors head-on

Future Pro Football Hall of Famer Tom Brady spent more than two decades in the NFL. For 13 years of his professional football career, Brady was married to Gisele Bündchen.

Bündchen and Brady finalized their divorce in 2022. The seven-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and supermodel share two children. Brady also has a son with actress Bridget Moynahan.

Bündchen is now pushing back against rumors she had an affair.  

“That is a lie,” Bündchen told The New York Times in response to a question about whether she had an affair with jiu-jitsu instructor Joaquim Valente.

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Last year, Bündchen described Valente as a friend.

“I think, at this point, unfortunately, because I’m divorced, I’m sure that they’re going to try to attach me to anything,” she told Vanity Fair for the April issue. The model also gushed about the jiu-jitsu instructor’s family.

“I’m so grateful to know all of them, because not only have they helped me and helped my kids, but they have become great friends, and Joaquim especially.”

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She also argued that women tend to take blame when they decide to walk away from a relationship.

“This is something that happens to a lot of women who get blamed when they have the courage to leave an unhealthy relationship and are labeled as being unfaithful,” Bündchen told The New York Times. “They have to deal with their communities. They have to deal with their family. Of course, for me, it just happens to be a little bit amplified.”

Brady holds every major NFL passing record. Last year, he announced that he was “retiring for good.”

The video was posted to his social media accounts exactly one year after he said goodbye to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to focus on commitments off the field. He would announce his return less than two months later.

“Good morning, guys. I’ll get to the point right away,” he said in the video posted Feb. 1, 2023. “I’m retiring for good. I know the process was a pretty big deal last time. So, when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. So, I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year.

“I really thank you guys so much to every single one of you for supporting me. My family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors. … I can go on forever. There’s too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my absolute dream.

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“I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.

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Teacher fired after parent exposes her creative side hustle

By day, Domonique Brown was a history teacher at Taylor Preparatory High School in the Detroit area, but in her off hours the educator worked as an aspiring rapper named Drippin Honey.

That is until she was let go from her job. 

Brown told FOX 2 that a parent complained that she was a “bad influence” on her students because she’s a rapper, despite being voted teacher of the month in December. 

She said she never received a complaint in writing and asked the administration, “Could we ask the parent to come in and see professionalism, see me in a classroom, see me after school, see me at all the games, see me dropping kids off every day, buying food, doing all these things? Can they come see me in my element before they try to say I’m unprofessional?”

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Brown said the parent remained anonymous and didn’t go into detail about what they found objectionable about her rapping. 

“Music is part of the culture. We’re from Motown. This is what we do,” she added. 

This week, after her firing, Brown posted a music video on her social media that she made with some of her students. 

In the video, “Drippin 101,” Brown danced with her students and rapped about “Motown, baby, going crazy like the ‘80s.” 

In a message alongside her video, Brown announced that she had been fired over her rapping, adding, “What troubles me most about this situation is the lack of consideration for the impact and influence I have had on my students’ lives.”

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She continued, “My dedication, professionalism, and passion for education have always been unwavering, regardless of any personal pursuits I may have. It is worth noting that when I was hired as a teacher, my involvement in the music industry as a rapper did not hinder my candidacy. I was judged based on my qualifications, experience, and potential to positively impact the lives of my students. Yet, now, my commitment and contributions seem to be overshadowed by arbitrary judgments about my personal life.”

She said she has been teaching for seven years and has more than 200 signatures from students and parents who support her. 

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Taylor Preparatory High School didn’t immediately return Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

The school told FOX 2 in part: Student well-being remains at the forefront of everything we do, and we will continue fostering a distraction-free teaching and learning environment focused on student success.” 

Brown said she plans to take legal action against the school. 

Kate Middleton’s cancer announcement video appears to feature subtle symbol

Kate Middleton announced that she had been diagnosed with cancer in a video message that appeared to feature subtle symbolism of the fight against the disease.

The 42-year-old Princess of Wales was seen sitting on a park bench in front of a field of blooming daffodils, a flower that has become known as a symbol of hope and resilience for cancer patients and survivors.

Since the 1950s, cancer societies all over the world have used the daffodil to represent the prospect of brighter days ahead for those battling cancer. As the daffodil is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, they have long symbolized rebirth, renewal, hope, happiness and new beginnings in many cultures.

The American Cancer Society hosts annual Daffodil Days, a campaign “that brings hope to cancer patients, their caregivers, and families, while providing much-needed funding to support the groundbreaking research, programs, and services” of the organization, per its website. Daffodils can be purchased and sent to inspire hope for those battling the disease. 

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In 1988, the Irish Cancer Society established March 22 as the date for its annual Daffodil Day,  which has now been celebrated by cancer organizations worldwide. Middleton’s video message, which was recorded on Wednesday, was released on Friday, March 22.

Middleton and her husband Prince William have been spotted on several occasions wearing daffodil lapel pins. The daffodil is also the official flower of Wales.

An extract from the flower itself might also prove effective in the fight against cancer. In 2018, researchers from the RNA Molecular Biology Laboratory at the Faculty of Sciences and ULB-Cancer Research Center published a study in the journal Structure that indicated that the natural daffodil extract, hemanthamine (HAE), has “anti-cancer effects that overcome the cells’ resistance to apoptosis, or cell death,” per Medical News Today.

HAE was shown to block the production of ribosomes, the cells that make the proteins that cancer cells need to grow and progress in the body.

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In her video, Middleton shared that she has been undergoing preventative chemotherapy treatment after a planned abdominal surgery showed “cancer had been present.” She did not elaborate on the form or extent of the cancer in her video.

The princess gave the update on her health after undergoing major surgery earlier this year.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you, personally, for all the wonderful messages of support and for your understanding whilst I have been recovering from surgery,” Kate said in the video recorded Wednesday.

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“It has been an incredibly tough couple of months for our entire family, but I’ve had a fantastic medical team who have taken great care of me, for which I am so grateful.”

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“The Princess will return to official duties when she is cleared to do so by her medical team,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “She is in good spirits and is focused on making a full recovery.”

Middleton explained that after her abdominal surgery, it was believed her condition was “non-cancerous.” However, further testing showed “cancer had been present.” She was advised to begin chemotherapy by her medical team.

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Middle shared that her diagnosis “came as a huge shock” to herself and her husband Prince William, 41, and they needed time to explain the situation to their children “in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be ok.”

The couple share sons Prince George, 10, and Prince Louis, 5, and daughter Princess Charlotte, 8.

“As I have said to them; I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal; in my mind, body and spirits,” Kate added. “Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance too. As is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both.”

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The princess asked for privacy as she completes treatment.

“We hope that you will understand that, as a family, we now need some time, space and privacy while I complete my treatment,” she noted. “My work has always brought me a deep sense of joy and I look forward to being back when I am able, but for now I must focus on making a full recovery. At this time, I am also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer. For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone.”

Republicans sound alarm on Biden’s ‘Red Flag Operation’: ‘What the hell is this evil?’

Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Florida on Saturday where she will tout a Biden administration effort to provide “training and technical assistance” to individuals “responsible for implementing laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of people who pose a threat to themselves or others.”

The new program drew immediate backlash from some Republicans who called the effort a “massive Red Flag Operation.”

The National Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Resource Center, according to a Saturday Department of Justice press release, will specifically provide assistance to law enforcement officials, prosecutors, attorneys, judges, clinicians, victim service and social service providers, community organizations and behavioral health professionals.

“ERPO laws, which are modeled off domestic violence protection orders, create a civil process allowing law enforcement, family members (in most states), and medical professionals or other groups (in some states) to petition a court to temporarily prohibit someone at risk of harming themselves or others from purchasing and possessing firearms for the duration of the order,” DOJ noted.

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During her visit to Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a February 2018 mass shooting, Harris is expected to introduce the effort and call “on states to pass red flag laws” and use federal funding to implement existing laws, according to the White House.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement that the effort will provide “valuable resources” to those seeking to keep firearms out of the hands of those deemed a threat to themselves and others.

“The launch of the National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center will provide our partners across the country with valuable resources to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others,” Garland said. “The establishment of the Center is the lates t example of the Justice Department’s work to use every tool provided by the landmark Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to protect communities from gun violence.”

Through the resource center and its website, the Justice Department noted that “states, local governments, law enforcement, prosecutors, attorneys, judges, clinicians, victim service providers, and behavioral health and other social service providers will have direct access to critical information that will enhance their ability to reduce firearm homicides and suicides.”

“The website will be maintained and updated to include newly developed resources for the field created through the Center, in partnership with [the Bureau of Justice Assistance],” the DOJ said. “The website also provides a platform for the Center to highlight emerging and promising practices in successful ERPO implementation and connect states and localities to innovative strategies to reduce gun violence and save lives.”

The creation of the resource operation quickly drew the ire of some House Republicans who blasted the effort as a “Federal Red Flag center” that the DOJ will use to “violate” the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

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“What the hell is this evil? A Federal Red Flag center; We did not authorize this. Announced, of course, just hours after the omnibus passes,” Kentucky GOP Rep. Thomas Massie wrote in a post to X.

Echoing Massie, Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed concern in a post on social media over how the effort could be used to target certain Americans.

“Merrick Garland just announced a massive Red Flag Operation that the DOJ will be running by using EVERY spy tool the US government has in order to violate American’s Second Amendment!! This comes right after Johnson fully funded Biden’s weaponized DOJ!” Greene wrote on X.

Greene’s comment on the effort comes one day after she filed a motion to vacate Johnson, accusing him of having “betrayed” the “confidence” of the House GOP Conference by ushering through a $1.2 trillion federal funding bill to avoid a partial government shutdown.

The Biden administration has been steadfast in its mission to implement a variety of gun control measures since President Biden took office in 2021.

During the president’s State of the Union address earlier this month, Biden called out the National Rifle Association and demanded strict gun control measures, such as banning so-called assault weapons.

“I’m proud we beat the NRA when I signed [the] most significant gun safety law in nearly 30 years because of this Congress. We now must beat the NRA again. I’m demanding a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Pass universal background checks,” Biden said at the time.

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“None of this — none of this — I taught the Second Amendment for 12 years. None of this violates the Second Amendment or vilifies responsible gun owners,” he continued.

The DOJ did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment about the ERPO effort.

Fox News’ Emma Colton and Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report.

‘Most polluted’ national parks in the US all have one thing in common: location

Four California parks have been dubbed the most polluted parks in the nation in a new environmental study.

A report from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) found that Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks ranked as the most polluted parks based on unhealthy levels of haze pollution along with the frequent threats of droughts and wildfires.

“With stunning mountains, caverns, forests, foothills and 2,000 plus-year-old sequoias towering overhead, the Land of Giants might seem invincible. In truth, these majestic parks, and the plants and wildlife which rely on them, face the unique and devastating consequences from human-caused air pollution and climate change,” the NPCA website described.

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California’s Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, and Yosemite National Park all followed Sequoia and Kings Canyon as the top four. Death Valley National Park, also in California, came in sixth.

“It’s not a surprise that air pollution is a problem in California. I think people know this,” Ulla Reeves, interim director for NPCA’s clean air program, told the Los Angeles Times. “But we see that the sequoias and the Joshua trees and all of these places are really having an outsized experience of air pollution and climate threats.” 

The report concluded that climate change “is causing irreparable harm to our national parks” and offered policy solutions to combat it. 

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“NPCA collaborates with communities and partner organizations to reduce air and climate pollution through the implementation of strong policies and regulations such as the Clean Air Act’s Regional Haze Rule, National Ambient Air Quality Standards and New Source Performance Standards for power plants as well as vehicle emission standards. We work to hold federal agencies, states and industrial polluters accountable for the air pollution driving climate change and harming visibility and nature in national parks and the health and wellbeing of people and communities,” the report read.

It continued, “Our work is aimed at making sure that national parks, park visitors and nearby residents enjoy optimal air quality conditions, clear views and healthy ecosystems.”

NPCA also found that 97% of U.S. national parks “suffer from significant or unsatisfactory levels of harm from air pollution” with at least 57% of them suffering from “at least one high risk climate threat.” While California cannot govern national parks, Rachel Norton, executive director of California State Parks Foundation, noted that the state can affect its parks’ budgets and allocate funds to address climate change.

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“And if [the state] chooses to not invest, and not see these places as essential and critical to the success of our climate goals, then we might fail,” Norton told the L.A. Times. “And that’s kind of unthinkable.”

‘Pioneer Woman’ star stuns after following old-fashioned recipe for weight loss

As she continues on her fitness journey, “Pioneer Woman” star Ree Drummond is giving fans a rare glimpse of her at-home workout routine. 

On Thursday, Drummond, who recently revealed she’s lost over 50 pounds, took to her Instagram Story to share her go-to stretches. 

“I filmed myself stretching,” Drummond wrote in the first clip, per People. “Why, you ask? I have no idea.”

“It won’t happen again,” she jokingly added. 

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Yesterday, Drummond shared more footage of herself stretching, joking that she had learned her moves “from Jane Fonda in 1985.”

Earlier this month, the TV personality updated her blog to discuss her recent weight loss and to share that she did not turn to drugs such as Ozempic

“I did not take Ozempic, Wegovy, or similar medications. I know this has been a big topic in recent years, so I thought I’d add this paragraph,” the Food Network star wrote. “I support anyone who has success using the above medications. I know they have been an absolute godsend for so many people; I have friends who’ve experienced incredible results.”

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Drummond admitted that she “had never heard of that class of drugs” when she first started trying to lose weight in 2021. 

“And to be honest, if I had heard of them and had seen all the results that are out there, I might have been tempted to try them,” she admitted. “Today, even though I have gained a few pounds up and down, I still have not chosen that option … but you’ll never hear a second of judgment from me about people who choose that direction!”

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During an appearance on the “Today” show in October, Drummond opened up about how she has maintained her weight loss.

“The biggest takeaway, which I don’t always adhere to, is trying not to waste calories,” she said. “I could eat a plate of delicious food with different elements and colors and flavor, or I could eat a donut.”

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“Sometimes, it’s the donut,” she admitted. “But it’s just a good thing to have in mind.”

Insurance commissioner declares ‘crisis’ after company’s announcement

California’s insurance commissioner Ricardo Lara spoke out after the state’s largest home insurance provider announced that it would discontinue coverage for tens of thousands of policies this summer.

State Farm announced on March 20 that it would cut 72,000 home and apartment policies in California because of inflation, regulatory costs and increasing risks from catastrophes. The decision is a blow to California property owners, who already suffer under high insurance rates or scarce policy coverage.

“This is a real crisis,” Commissioner Lara told KABC in an interview Friday.

The commissioner said he wants to investigate State Farm’s finances, but warned that regulators can’t go too far, or else they would risk pushing companies out of California entirely.

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“Insurance companies are not like utility companies,” he told KABC. “By law, they don’t have to be here, and when we try to overregulate, we’ll see what happened after the Northridge earthquake, when the legislature came in and tried to overregulate, and they no longer write earthquake insurance in California.”

Lara is spearheading an effort to enact the largest insurance reform in more than 30 years in California. He has proposed new regulations intended to change the models that insurance companies use to assess risk from catastrophes like wildfires or earthquakes, which he claims will stabilize premium costs and expand coverage.

But critics say he has not gone far enough, and they want the California legislature to intervene.

Carmen Balber, the executive director of Consumer Watchdog, a group that has criticized Lara’s handling of California’s insurance crisis, said State Farm’s announcement shows that the current approach is not working. 

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“We have been urging for years now that California require insurance companies who want to sell home or auto insurance in California, sell to everyone who does the right thing, and it protects their homes. We urge the insurance commissioner to support that policy change, which needs to go through the legislature,” Balber told KABC. 

State Farm announced last year that it would stop accepting new home insurance applications in California due to “historic” increases in construction costs and inflation.

The company then raised rates by a whopping 20 percent for existing customers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

In 2022, insurance giant AllState also paused its sales of new home insurance policies in California due to wildfires and higher costs of doing business in the state.

According to KCRA, seven of the 12 largest insurance groups in California have either paused or restricted new homeowner’s policies in the past year.

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Lara told KABC that his proposed reforms would increase transparency and allow insurance companies to better assess risk, lower rates and expand insurance coverage for Californians. 

“We bring the risk down in these communities, we keep insurers writing, then you get more insurers writing, you bring down the cost,” he said. 

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In the meantime, Lara said that the California Department of Insurance stands ready to help customers who have lost coverage find a new insurance writer.

“We will make sure we have an insurance expert with you so that we help you transition and connect you with insurance companies who are writing policies in California,” he told KABC. 

FOX Business’ Kristine Parks and Julia Musto contributed to this report.