The California Assembly on Thursday passed a bill to end the time limit for prosecuting rape and other felony sex crimes, paving the way for the legislation to reach the governor before the session ends.
The Assembly approved the bill 70-0. SB 813 now goes to the state Senate, which passed an earlier version of the legislation 33-0 in June.
If the governor signs the bill, crimes including rape and continuous sexual child abuse would no longer have a statute of limitations and could be prosecuted at any time.
California lawmakers have passed a bill that aims to protect young, vulnerable victims at the center of human trafficking cases in court.
AB 1276 moved out of the Assembly floor on Thursday with a 59-0 vote. It is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.
The legislation by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) would allow minors ages 15 or younger to testify through closed-circuit televisions outside the courtroom, where they can share their painful and often traumatic experiences away from the presence of the jury and the defendant.
Former eight-term Bay Area Rep. Paul N. "Pete" McCloskey Jr. was once a Republican.
Now he is a Democrat. The Korean War veteran — who once made a trip to Pyongyang, North Korea, with a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea to reconcile with his old adversaries — is now penning fundraising emails for Democrats trying to win the U.S. Senate.
McCloskey made his pitch to donors on a MoveOn email list Wednesday, saying that his family has been "active Republicans in California since 1860 and the election of Abraham Lincoln."
A long-delayed bill that would legalize Internet poker in California is being amended to address concerns by a group of Native American casino operators who had opposed the measure, setting the stage for a possible vote in the state Assembly on Monday.
One change to the bill by Assemblyman Adam Gray would create a five-year disqualification period for those who were providing I-poker games to U.S. citizens while it was against federal law to do so.
A group of Native American tribes that operate casinos had opposed the bill when it allowed so-called “bad actors” easier access to state I-poker licenses. The amendment appears to address what those opponents had asked for.
The plan, highlighted by an increase of 17 cents per gallon in the gas tax, comes from Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) and Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) in an attempt to unify the disparate proposals the pair had previously introduced in their respective houses.
The combined plan is more than double Gov. Jerry Brown's $3.6-billion proposal, which calls for a 6-cent gas tax hike.
I don't want to call out Siri on the Senate floor, but Siri doesn't always understand me.
State Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) in opposing AB 1785, a bill to update the state law on hands-free use of smartphones while driving. The bill cleared the state Senate and now goes back to the Assembly
State Sen. Ed Hernández (D-West Covina) is killing his latest effort to shed light on rising pharmaceutical costs after amendments last week weakened the bill, SB 1010.
“I introduced SB 1010 with the intention of shedding light on the reasons precipitating skyrocketing drug prices," Hernández said in a news release. "Unfortunately, recent amendments have made it more difficult for us to accomplish our fundamental goal."
The original bill would have required health plans to report detailed information on drug costs — such as the most prescribed and most costly medicines — to state regulators. It also would have required pharmaceutical companies to notify health insurers and some other drug purchasers before raising prices on medications by more than 10 percent.