Bill Gives Calif. Youthful Offenders Second Chance

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SACRAMENTO — Criminals serving long prison sentences for offenses they committed as teenagers would have an earlier chance for freedom under a bill working its way through the Legislature. The bill by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, expands on legislation signed into law last year that gives a second chance to inmates who committed murder before […]

CHRIS HOLDEN: Expanding Opportunities for Minority-Owned Businesses

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OPINION – Since the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996, consideration of ethnicity in the areas of public education, employment and public contracting has been banned. This has had a chilling effect on minority business enterprises. According to a 2006 study, only one-third of the minority businesses certified to contract with the California Department of […]

Calif’s 4 a.m. Last Call Bill Already Fuels Debate

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SAN FRANCISCO – The last call for drinks is 2 a.m. in California, but one lawmaker believes that’s just too early to set down the shot glasses and beer steins. State Sen. Mark Leno’s proposal to let the liquor flow until 4 a.m. as a way to draw more tourists – and with them more […]

CA Black Chamber of Commerce Hosts Reception for New Calif. Legislators

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SACRAMENTO – The California Black Chamber of Commerce and its President Aubry Stone host the 2013 Welcome Back Reception for new members and leaders of the California Legislature from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street. The annual Legislative reception is attended by a wide […]

Calif. Bill Could Help The Unemployed Build Their Own Small Businesses

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SACRAMENTO – Imagine someone over 55 years old, he/she was laid off and jobs like theirs have disappeared. So what to do? Start a small business. California Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (D–Davis) introduced AB 152 today that was sponsored by CAMEO, the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity. The bill creates a Self-Employment Assistance program that […]

It’s Confirmed. Democrats Win Supermajority in California Assembly

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SACRAMENTO — Democrats have gained a supermajority in both houses of the California Legislature for the first time since the 19th century, after the Assembly reached the critical two-thirds threshold Wednesday. That gives California’s majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose. The party already had […]

Governor Makes Final Decision on Dozens Bills Before Deadline Passes

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SACRAMENTO – Parents who don’t have their children vaccinated will have to get a note from the doctor’s office before enrolling their children in school under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he has signed into law. AB2109 will require parents who enroll students who have not received the required public school vaccines […]

Bill Banning Openly Carrying Rifles Heads To Governor

The Mulford Act was a 1967 California bill prohibiting the public carrying of loaded firearms. Named after assemblyman Don Mulford, the bill garnered national attention after the Black Panthers marched on the California Capitol to protest the bill.

SACRAMENTO – A bill that would ban the public display of rifles and shotguns in most California cities and towns was on its way to the governor after the state Assembly approved it Wednesday over strenuous objections from several lawmakers. Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada-Flintridge, said he initiated the legislation in response to gun rights […]

Pension Reform Among Issues Still Facing Lawmakers

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SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers head into their final deadline rush this week with some of the most pressing legislative matters still to be resolved, or even publicly revealed. Democratic leaders are pledging to pass comprehensive changes to the state’s overburdened public pension systems before they adjourn on Friday, as Gov. Jerry Brown has been asking […]

20 CA Lawmakers Don’t Adhere ‘No Gifts’ Signs

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SACRAMENTO – Of the 23 lawmakers in Sacramento who post signs on their office doors telling visitors that they don’t accept gifts, only three follow the ban, according to a newspaper report. Disclosure forms required by the state show that the rest received gifts from special interest groups last year, including wine, travel to China, […]