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California Senate OKs Money for Gun-Seizure Program

March 7, 2013 | 2:56 pm

California Senate OKs Money for Gun-Seizure Program

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by Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—Legislation approved Thursday by the state Senate would send more money to a program unique to California that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them. The bill authorizes $24 million for the state Department of Justice’s Armed and Prohibited Persons program, which is the only […]

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Gay ‘Conversion,’ Vaccination Opt Out, Immigration and More: California Gets 191 New Laws

October 1, 2012 | 12:53 pm

Gay ‘Conversion,’ Vaccination Opt Out, Immigration and More: California Gets 191 New Laws

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Parents who don’t get their kids vaccinated will need permission from their doctor’s office before enrolling them in school. Psychotherapists can’t try to convert gay teenagers into straight ones. And some undocumented immigrants can get driver’s licenses. These changes in California law came about over the weekend as Gov. Jerry Brown signed some 191 bills […]

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Google Car Zooms Toward Legal Status

September 24, 2012 | 10:46 am

Google Car Zooms Toward Legal Status

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by Zusha Elinson, The Bay Citizen When veteran legislative staffer Howard Posner began working on a bill that would allow driverless, computer-controlled cars to roam California’s highways, he figured lawmakers would find the idea alarming. They didn’t. “Eventually, you might be on the freeway, and someone might not be behind the wheel,” said Posner, a […]

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More Protections for Students at Vocational Schools Close at Hand

August 30, 2012 | 3:33 pm

More Protections for Students at Vocational Schools Close at Hand

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Jennifer Gollan, The Bay Citizen California’s private vocational schools will be required to publicly disclose more key information – including accreditation status, job placement rates and graduation rates – under a new bill the Legislature passed this week. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Marty Block, D-San Diego, chairman of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, now […]

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Limited Ban on Openly Carrying Rifles Heads to Gov

August 30, 2012 | 2:36 pm

Limited Ban on Openly Carrying Rifles Heads to Gov

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would ban the public display of rifles and shotguns in most California cities and towns was on its way to the governor after the state Assembly approved it Wednesday over strenuous objections from several lawmakers. Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada-Flintridge, said he initiated the legislation in response to […]

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August 14, 2012 | 8:22 am

A.M. Splash: Assembly Passes Tuition Break; Solyndra Gives $3.5 Million to Ex-Employees; Immigrant Relief Period Begins Wednesday

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Major tuition break OKd by Assembly (SF Chronicle) Middle-class students at California’s public universities are one big step closer to receiving a major tuition break, after the Assembly narrowly approved a measure Monday that would fund college scholarships by eliminating a corporate tax break. Solyndra agrees to pay $3.5 million in a settlement with its […]

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