CalWatchdog Morning Read – April 12, 2016

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CalWatchdog Morning Read — April 12, 2016

By CALWATCHDOG STAFF

Hello everybody! A California judge is pushing back against an effort to legalize prostitution, arguing there is no fundamental right to engage in the act.

The San Francisco-based Erotic Service Provider Legal, Education & Research Project sued Attorney General Kamala Harris and district attorneys of four counties in March 2015, “claiming that prosecuting sex that is ‘part of a voluntary commercial exchange between adults’ violates the state and U.S. Constitutions.”

CalWatchdog has more.

In other news:

– Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation increasing the rate of pay for workers out on family leave, reports the Los Angeles Times.

– A legislature committee is set to consider whether the state should contribute up to $250 million to help bring the Olympics to Los Angeles, reports The Sacramento Bee.

– The California Chamber of Commerce has released its annual “job-killer” and “job-creator” lists, with the latter focused largely on tort reform, reports CalWatchdog.

– Texas senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz swept through southern California yesterday, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. He apparently “pushed all the right buttons,” according to OC Weekly. And Capitol Public Radio looks at his relationship to the truth.

In memory of: Today’s newsletter is in memory of former Chapman University economist Esmael Adibi, who died on Friday. He was a regular source for reporters, including one of The Orange County Register’s business columnists. He recently spoke to CalWatchdog about the minimum wage. He was lighthearted and helpful and he will be missed.

Assembly:

– Full slate of hearings.

Senate:

– Full slate of hearings.

Gov. Brown: 

– No public events scheduled.

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