In the News

August 31, 2015

Alarmed by the growing number of hobbyists sending drones into the California sky, state lawmakers are working on a series of proposals that would bar the devices from being flown over wildfires, prisons, schools and homes.The Consumer Electronics Assn. recently estimated that the sale of drones...

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-state-senate-oks-bills-seeking-pay-equity-restricting-drones-barring-bullhooks-20150831-story.html 

July 23, 2015

Healthcare advocates in California this year successfully pushed for medical coverage for kids who are in the country illegally. But they say they're not satisfied. At a news conference Thursday, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) outlined his efforts to further expand coverage to Californians...

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-health-care-next-steps-20150723-story.html

July 16, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law a bill that blocks adults sued in California civil court by minors over sexual assault allegations from using the defense that the child consented to the sexual contact. The legislation was in response to a case last year in which the Los Angeles Unified...

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-gov-brown-closes-loophole-in-sexual-assault-law-20150716-story.html

July 15, 2015

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has long sought to provide health insurance coverage to the multitude of Californians who cannot obtain it because they are in the country illegally. That's a heavy lift, financially and politically, even though the right policy in the long run is to bring...

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-health-exchange-access-20150715-story.html

July 09, 2015

The state Legislature gave final passage Thursday to a measure that would affirm the public's right to record the actions of police officers. The bill, which goes now to the governor, spells out that making an audio or video recording of police officers in public places is legal. It was among a..

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-assembly-police-recording-20150709-story.html

July 06, 2015

State lawmakers voted Monday to close a loophole that allowed the Los Angeles school district last year to avoid penalties in a lawsuit involving a 14-year-old student who said she was sexually assaulted by a teacher.Legislation that now goes to the governor would bar adults sued by minors over...

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-assembly-acts-to-close-loophole-to-protect-sexually-abused-students-20150706-story.html

June 18, 2015

As Gov. Jerry Brown struck a budget deal Tuesday that would offer healthcare to children in the country illegally, Sacramento County supervisors — sitting less than a mile away — also agreed to provide medical care for county residents who lack papers. Speaking of a statewide campaign for universal...

http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-sacramento-vote-20150618-story.html

June 16, 2015

Immigrant children who are in the country illegally would receive public healthcare coverage in California under a budget deal announced Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders.An estimated 170,000 immigrants 18 and younger could qualify, marking another victory for advocates and lawmakers...

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-budget-deal-jerry-brown-legislature-20150616-story.html

 

June 16, 2015

Democratic legislators lauded the state budget's planned expansion of public healthcare to children in the country illegally as "historic" Tuesday afternoon, and trumpeted California's immigrant-friendly spending plan in contrast to federal inaction on immigration policy. "We are the first legislative...

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-deleon-lara-immigrant-20150616-story.html

June 09, 2015

With the deadline to approve a new budget approaching, Democratic leaders in the Senate and the Assembly have reached a deal on a range of issues involving public healthcare, child care and university funding. The compromises were vetted by the joint budget committee Tuesday, and a final vote in...

http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-budget-deal-20150609-story.html