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California lawmakers propose relief for criminal juveniles

  In a fresh bid to reform California’s criminal justice system, Sacramento lawmakers have begun to advance several bills, many aimed at softening juvenile punishment. “Democratic state senators Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens are proposing four bills

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Sacramento Democrats propose single-payer health care in California

  Sacramento Democrats have centered attention around a shot at universal health care for all Golden State residents.  “In a surprise move made in response to President Donald Trump’s push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, two California lawmakers

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Republican state Sen. Nguyen silenced by Democratic lawmakers

In an unusual scene playing against type for California’s legislative Democrats, a party leader in the state Senate ordered sergeants to remove his Republican colleague state Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove. Interrupting Nguyen’s remarks on the late Tom Hayden, state Sen.

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Bilingual education fight plays out off stage

California’s crowded Nov. 8 ballot is leading the media to perform a kind of triage and focus on only a handful of the measures deemed most crucial. This has lead to a spotlight on proposals to make it easier for

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – August 11

Controversial language dropped from Title IX bill L.A. has deadliest air in the country Audit of Brown’s twin tunnels project approved Dead parental leave bill enjoys new life Orange County supervisors fight transparency law hard Good morning and welcome to

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Controversial requirements dropped from Title IX, religious colleges bill

After weeks of opposition from religious colleges and their supporters, Sen. Ricardo Lara announced he would drop provisions from a bill that would have made it more difficult for faith-based institutions to receive Title IX exemptions. The Bell Gardens Democrat said

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Bill threatens religious freedom, critics say

Robert Lauten didn’t come waving a neon sign, but his grievances with Senate Bill 1146 were highlighted in bright yellow. His red pen and marked-up copy stood out as he and fellow protester Mike McGetrick reached the sixth floor of

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Advancing bill would upend CA religious schools

  California legislators could soon wipe out the social and cultural exemptions afforded to state religious schools that they depend upon for their identity. Senate Bill 1146, now moving through committee in the Assembly, “aims to include all colleges and universities

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CA opens Affordable Care Act door to unlawful immigrants

  State Democrats forged ahead with legislation designed to fill out Covered California’s enrollment ranks with unlawful and undocumented immigrants.  Following the state Senate, the Assembly has “passed a measure that would remove a critical barrier to Covered California and allow

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Bill gives illegal immigrants access to Medi-Cal

California Democrats have ramped up their push to extend health benefits to in-staters who immigrated unlawfully. High-stakes legislation Sacramento Democrats have advanced a piece of legislation, authored by State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, that would grant access to Affordable Care Act benefits to unlawful immigrants. SB4, which would

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