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July 21, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a measure aimed at reducing deportations of legal immigrants who are convicted of misdemeanors.

The measure, SB 1310, was one of 24 bills signed by the governor, among them a ban on homeowners associations fining members who, during periods of declared drought, let their lawns go brown because of lack of watering.

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July 14, 2014

"As the Central American migrant crisis continues, a group of Latino state lawmakers toured an emergency shelter for unaccompanied minors Tuesday in Ventura County."

July 14, 2014

Latino state lawmakers called on President Obama to extend refugee status to unaccompanied children fleeing Central America after touring a temporary Southern California immigration detention facility Tuesday.

June 24, 2014

Fathers are demanding changes in public restrooms so they can change their infants’ diapers more easily, and lawmakers are introducing legislation to mandate the changes. NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports.

June 24, 2014

"wo decades after California voters took a hard line on illegal immigration, affirmative action and bilingual education, an ascendant class of Latino lawmakers is seeking to rewrite the books and discard the polarizing laws.

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June 22, 2014

If you grow up in a two bedroom house in a Latino barrio with four siblings sharing a king sized bed and your parents came from Mexico as undocumented immigrants, odds are you won’t become a California legislator. Yet that describes the unlikely trajectory of California State Senator Ricardo Lara.

May 21, 2014

"Extending healthcare to people in the country illegally would cost the state a modest amount more but would significantly improve health while potentially saving money for taxpayers down the road, according to a study released Wednesday.

The study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research estimates that the net increase in state spending would be equivalent to 2% of state Medi-Cal spending, or between $353 million and $369 million next year, while the net increase in spending would be up to $436 million in 2019."

May 13, 2014

"Denisse Rojas earned a biology degree from UC Berkeley and has set her sights on medical school. But one big obstacle stands in her way.

To practice medicine in California, doctors must obtain a license from the state, and applicants are required to provide a Social Security number as proof of identity.

Rojas, 25, does not have such a number. She is in the United States illegally, having been smuggled into the country from Mexico by her parents when she was 6 months old."

May 12, 2014

"The state Senate on Monday voted unanimously to ban state politicians from holding political fundraisers in the homes and offices of lobbyists, three months after a scandal involving the practice.

The measure by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is the first of a package of ethics bills proposed in recent months and is in reaction to a record $133,500 fine against Capitol lobbyist Kevin Sloat in February.

May 07, 2014

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rejected California’s initial design for a driver’s license for immigrants in the country illegally, saying it is not distinguishable enough from permits given citizens."

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