After an emotional debate, state lawmakers on Saturday gave final legislative approval to a controversial bill that would end the lifetime listing of many convicted sex offenders on a public registry in California.
The bill, which was shelved then revived, was sent to the governor on the last day of the legislative session with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) calling it one of the most difficult votes she has cast.
“It’s not an easy thing to do, but sometimes we have to make hard votes,” Gonzalez Fletcher told her colleagues, adding that being a mom made it difficult to change a system aimed at tracking rapists and child molesters.
After Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) left the roll call vote open for an hour, two of the hold-outs — Democratic Assemblymen Marc Levine of San Rafael and Adrin Nazarian of North Hollywood — returned to the floor and voted yes. Their support secured passage of Senate Bill 2, legislation that could raise $250 million annually for low-income development and one of the highest-profile measures of the year.
The next day, a Senate fiscal committee shook loose an unrelated energy bill authored by Nazarian, even though the measure had been held weeks ago — an extremely rare occurrence on the Legislature’s final day of the year.
The California Assembly on Friday night voted to support a congressional censure of President Trump for his response to violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Va., during a protest over a Confederate statue.
The Assembly passed a resolution 41 to 5 to denounce comments by the president that seemed to equate white supremacists and neo-Nazis with the protesters demonstrating against them.
Trump said "many sides" were to blame for violence at an Aug. 12 rally where a man plowed his car into a group of counter-protesters, killing one of them.