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Bill Would Make Statutory Rape of Either Sex a Crime

Times Staff Writer

Sexual intercourse with a boy under 18 years old could be prosecuted as statutory rape under a bill approved by the Senate.

A 21-11 vote, the exact majority needed for passage, sent the measure (AB 4312) by Assemblywoman Gwen Moore (D-Los Angeles) back to the Assembly for concurrence in amendments.

Existing state law defines statutory rape as sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 18, who is not the wife of the perpetrator. “This bill make statutory rape of either sex a crime,” said Sen. Milton Marks (D-San Francisco), who handled the bill on the Senate floor. “I think it should apply to both women and men.” GOVERNOR Bill Signed

Reckless Driving: AB 3289 by Assemblyman Terry Friedman (D-Los Angeles) to add a consecutive 60-day jail sentence onto the sentence of those convicted of speeding and reckless driving if they are also under the influence of alcohol or drugs. ASSEMBLY Floor Action

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Open Meetings: Passed and returned to the Senate on a 58-12 vote a bill (SB 62) by Sen. Ruben Ayala (D-Chino) to reinstate a requirement that local governing bodies must post their agendas 72 hours before meetings. The language had been removed during negotiations over the $55-billion state budget enacted last month.

Guns: Sent to the governor on a 75-0 vote a bill (AB 1753) by Assemblyman Terry Friedman (D-Los Angeles) to prohibit the sale of guns to people who are under a court restraining order for domestic violence.

Corporate Crime: Passed and returned to the Senate for concurrence in amendments on a 43-28 vote a bill (SB 2500) by Sen. Gary Hart (D-Santa Barbara) to allow judges to place corporations convicted of felonies and serious misdemeanor crimes on probation in addition to fines and other punishment. Reconsideration denied.

Criminals: Sent to the governor on a 57-0 vote a bill (AB 3821) by Assemblyman Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles) to make computerized photographs of criminals with past records available to all law enforcement agencies in the state.

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Pesticides: Sent to the governor on a 59-7 vote a bill (AB 4161) by Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar) to establish a pesticide research center at the University of California to look for alternatives to malathion and other chemicals now in common use.

Malathion: Sent to the governor on a 45-24 vote a bill (AB 383) by Assemblyman Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles) to extend the statute of limitations for lawsuits to be filed against the state for illnesses, injuries or deaths caused by malathion spraying.

Looting: Sent to the governor on a 75-0 vote a bill (AB 3894) by Assemblyman William Filante (R-Greenbrae) to make it a crime to loot commercial properties during a state of emergency resulting from an earthquake or fire.

College Tuition: Sent to the governor on a 43-24 vote a bill (AB 500) by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) to establish a program to let parents of young children purchase tax-exempt bonds to help pay future college education costs.

Warning Systems: Sent to the governor on a 70-0 vote a bill (AB 2994) by Assemblyman Jerry Eaves (D-Rialto) to require all buildings with a capacity of 10,000 or more people to have public address warning systems with an emergency power backup system. Eaves got the idea last October in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park when the Bay Area earthquake struck. SENATE Floor Action

AIDS: Passed and returned to the Assembly for concurrence in amendments on a 24-7 vote a bill (AB 25) by Assemblywoman Teresa Hughes (D-Los Angeles) to require all students in grades 7-12 to receive AIDS prevention instruction, unless their parents refuse to let them attend.

Small Claims Court: Passed and returned to the Assembly for concurrence in amendments on a 25-1 vote a bill (AB 3916) by Assemblyman Ted Lempert (D-San Mateo) to increase the jurisdiction of small claims court from $2,000 to $5,000. Capital Fact

Assemblywoman Jackie Speier (D-South San Francisco) was the first California legislator to give birth to a child while in office. Her son, Jackson Kent Sierra, was born on July 18, 1988.

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