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February 27, 2013

Capitol Alert: Sac Bee
AM Alert: Making budgets for minority-majority California

VIDEO: Stockton's bankruptcy case is advancing against the backdrop of serious questions about how the city paid its workers, Dan Walters says.

February 26, 2013

10,000 signatures back bill to strip Boy Scouts of tax-exempt status

A petition urging California legislature to end tax-exempt status for anti-gay Boy Scouts of America reached over 10,000 signatures Tuesday.

The petition, created Thursday by straight former Boy Scout Eddie Kurtz at, was designed to urge the passage of California’s S.B. 323, or the Youth Equality Act. The bill would need two-thirds approval from both houses of state legislature in order to be passed.

February 26, 2013

Los Angeles Daily News/ Long Beach Press Telegram
California bill would cut tax exemptions for Boy Scouts, other youth organizations that prohibit gay members
By Eric Bradley, Staff
Posted:   02/25/2013 07:57:59 PM PST
February 26, 2013 3:59 AM GMTUpdated:   02/25/2013 07:58:37 PM PST

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, has proposed removing the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts of America if the group continues to forbid gay, bisexual and transgender members.

February 25, 2013

California Bill Seeks to Punish Boy Scouts for Prohibiting Homosexual Leaders, Members
February 25, 2013 | Filed under: Law & Government,Life & Society,Top Stories | By: Heather Clark

San Francisco, California – A bill proposed in the California legislature seeks to punish the local chapters of the Boy Scouts of America for prohibiting homosexual leaders and members from serving in the organization.

February 25, 2013

Lawmaker threatens tax status of Boy Scouts for excluding gays
A 2012 photo shows then-Assistant Scoutmaster Greg Bourke in Kentucky. Bourke says he was forced to resign from the Boy Scouts because he is gay. (Associated Press / June 21, 2012)
By Patrick McGreevy
February 25, 2013, 8:00 a.m.

A Southland lawmaker has proposed taking away the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts of America if it continues to exclude gay, bisexual and transgender people from its ranks.

February 23, 2013

2,189 bills: Highlights of '13 state legislative session
Condoms, plastic bags, false 911 calls

    By The Associated Press
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 9:49 p.m.

February 22, 2013


By Michael Gardner12:01 a.m.Feb. 22, 2013Updated8:20 p.m.Feb. 21, 2013


California lawmakers may strip the Boy Scouts of state tax breaks if the organization continues to ban gays from joining its ranks or serving as adult leaders.

February 22, 2013

Former straight scout wants anti-gay Boy Scouts of America to lose tax breaks
Eddie Kurtz calls organization's 'personal bigotry' a 'disgrace'
22 February 2013 | By Greg Hernandez

As the Boy Scouts of America continues to mull over whether to drop its ban on gays, one of its former members has decided to try and put a financial squeeze on the group.

Former scout Eddie Kurtz launched a petition drive this week urging the California legislature to pass a bill that would strip the BSA of its tax breaks because of its discriminatory policy.

February 22, 2013

Ricardo Lara Wants To Remove Tax Exemption For Anti-Gay Boy Scouts
By Matthew Mullins Fri., Feb. 22 2013 at 4:29 PM

California Sen. Ricardo Lara is introducing the "Youth Equality Act" to try to remove the Boy Scouts of America's tax-exempt status because it discriminates against gays.