PolitiCal News and analysis on California politics
California Assembly Republicans elect Chad Mayes as new leader

Assembly Republicans have tapped freshman Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley to be their next leader, the caucus announced Tuesday afternoon, marking the second major legislative leadership shift in the last week.

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Senate approves 'Right-to-Try Act' for seriously ill

The state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow makers of experimental drugs to make them available to Californians with life-threatening diseases.

The measure, which goes back to the Assembly for action on amendments, applies to drugs, devices and biological products that have undergone clinical trials but have not yet been approved for general public use by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Lawmaker introduces last-minute bill to eliminate kangaroo products ban

A Los Angeles-area lawmaker has introduced a last-minute measure that would eliminate California's decades-long ban on imports of kangaroo products.

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Prison solitary confinement Q&A: What you need to know

California officials on Tuesday announced an agreement to move thousands of prison inmates out of solitary confinement. The new policy comes after years of litigation by inmates held in isolation at Pelican Bay State Prison and other facilities.

Under the legal agreement, many of the inmates held in isolation will be moved to the general prison population.

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California agrees to move thousands of inmates out of solitary confinement

Ending years of litigation, hunger strikes and contentious debate, California has agreed to move thousands of prison inmates out of solitary confinement.

legal settlement filed Tuesday between the state and a core group of inmates held in isolation for a decade or more at Pelican Bay State Prison calls for ending the use of solitary confinement to control prison gangs.

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Doctors' group opposes changes to proposed aid-in-dying bill

A second attempt to pass an aid-in-dying bill goes before a key legislative committee Tuesday, but it already has suffered a setback as the California Medical Assn. is warning it will oppose the measure if proposed amendments are added.

The bill would allow physicians in California to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who could then hasten the end of their lives.

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