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Brown Signs Una Parte of Dream Act

Ali Meyer: This afternoon Gov. Jerry Brown signed the “Dream Act” bill AB 130. By Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, the bill will “allow undocumented immigrants who live in California to apply for scholarships funded with private donations,” according to the

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Leg Wants to Regulate Cough Syrup

Ali Meyer:  It’s Lil Wayne’s drug of choice.  Kids call it robo-tripping.  Cough syrup isn’t just for colds anymore. State Sen. Joe Simitian is attempting to pass SB 514, a bill that would prohibit the sale of dextromethorphan (DXM), a

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Tax-Funded Handout: Free WiFi

Ali Meyer: Looks like California taxpayers may have one more thing to pay for on their list.  State Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, is attempting to pass SCR 6, which will provide free Internet service for at least 10 years to

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Voters Might Get to Kill Death Penalty

Editor’s Note: Some corrections to this article were added after comments from Natasha Minsker, Death Penalty Policy Director of the ACLU of Northern California. JULY 9, 2011 By ALI MEYER If SB 490 becomes law, voters could have a chance to kill the death penalty.

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Welfare Fraud Still Plagues California

JULY 5, 2011 By ALI MEYER Vacations subsidized by fraud. Welfare to those not meeting work demands. Welfare cards used to buy coffin nails and fire water. After such outrages, one might think the California Department of Social Services would

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State Scrutiny of Alcohol Purchases

Ali Meyer:  A bill to prevent alcohol sales to underage youth at grocery store self service checkout stands is making its way through the legislative committee process. Democrat Assemblywoman Fiona Ma of San Francisco, the bill’s author, says she deems this

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