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September 04, 2013

Wall Street Journal - California Bill Would Target Tax-Exempt Status of Boy Scouts
By Jacob Gershman

California lawmakers are deciding whether to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to change its policies toward gays by threatening the group’s tax-exempt status.

A bill under consideration would revoke the tax-exempt status of youth organizations that fail to comply with California’s nondiscrimination laws.

September 03, 2013

by Scott Detrow

Boy Scouts attend a Memorial Day event in Los Angeles in May. A bill under consideration by the California Legislature would take away the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts of America.

Boy Scouts attend a Memorial Day event in Los Angeles in May. A bill under consideration by the California Legislature would take away the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts of America.
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September 03, 2013

by David Gorn Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Legislature has two short weeks to pass bills before this session ends on Sept. 13. Legislative committees have pretty much finished with their work for this session.

Over the next 10 days, a number of health-related bills will get their final floor votes in the state Assembly and Senate.

One of them is a proposal to expand independence of practice for pharmacists. SB 493 by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) passed out of Appropriations last week and is waiting for an Assembly floor vote.

September 03, 2013

Boy Scouts on the Verge of Losing California Tax Breaks
September 3, 2013, 5:30 am • Posted by Scott Detrow
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Beginning next year, the Boy Scouts of America will allow openly gay youth to join as members. But the Scouts’ policy change doesn’t go far enough for Democratic lawmakers in California.

The measure would be the latest in a long line of California bills strengthening gay rights. It has cleared the Senate and three Assembly committees, and now awaits a final Assembly vote.

August 29, 2013

State Senator Honors Lynwood Councilwoman
Posted by Alejandro Lopez de Haro (Editor) , August 12, 2013

By Patch Staff

State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-33rd district) surprised Lynwood City Councilwoman Maria Santillan-Beas during the festivities of National Night Out 2013 Against Crime after presenting her with a Certificate of Recognition for her Outstanding Contributions to Lynwood’s Social Services Organizations.

August 29, 2013

by Seth Hemmelgarn

Equality California Executive Director John O'Connor, shown here at a luncheon in Sacramento last week, said more leadership is needed from the state Department of Education.(Photo: Matthew Whitley)

A report from the California state auditor says that school districts aren't doing enough to check whether the anti-harassment policies they have established are effective.

August 28, 2013

Long Beach Press Telegram
By Eric Bradley, Press-Telegram

The California Assembly will soon vote on a controversial bill by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, that would end state tax exemptions for the Boy Scouts of America and other youth groups if their membership policies discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Lara’s office said the legislation, Senate Bill 323, could be acted on this week or next. The final day of the session is Sept. 13.

August 23, 2013

Sen. Ricardo Lara’s (D-Long Beach) bill that protects modern and efficient processing of workers-compensation pharmacy claims was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. on Aug. 19. SB 146 ensures injured workers have access to necessary medications by removing an unnecessary requirement for workers-compensation pharmacy claims to include a copy of a prescription.

August 21, 2013

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August 20, 2013


Sacramento, CA ( - California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill (SB) 146, which removes the requirement imposed on pharmacies and payors to submit a copy of the prescription with every workers’ compensation claim. The bill will take effect immediately.