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Productive lawmakers can thank a retooled system

August 31, 2014

Los Angeles Times
By George Skelton

It was a moderately productive two-year session that the Legislature wrapped up at the witching hour Saturday. Credit mainly voter-approved reforms. This is a new era in Sacramento.

But another factor also helped greatly: the devastating drought.

California Legislature passes stiffest U.S. bill to protect K-12 students' online data

August 31, 2014

Mercury News
By Sharon Noguchi

Trying to protect children from marketers, identity thieves and predators, California could establish the nation's toughest protections of student privacy and forbid the sale and disclosure of schools' online student data.

Legislature seeks some influence over initiatives

August 29, 2014

Associated Press

A bill headed to the governor seeks to exert some legislative influence over citizen initiatives.

Under SB1253 by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, the attorney general would open a 30-day public review period once initiative proponents submit their request for title and summary.

The proponents could amend their initiative during that period or simply ignore the public comments.

Laura's Law Implementation in Placer County

August 29, 2014

Rocklin and Roseville Today

Placer County became the sixth county in California Tuesday to implement Laura's Law - a state statute that authorizes court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment of residents with severe mental illness in some cases.

Steinberg Reflects On Time As President Pro Tem

August 28, 2014

Capitol Public Radio
By Ben Adler

Darrell Steinberg never could have imagined his final year leading the California Senate. His state is in much stronger financial shape than when he became President pro Tem six years ago. But his chamber faces unprecedented scrutiny for four senators’ legal troubles.

Governor Jerry Brown Praises Outgoing Legislative Leaders

August 28, 2014

Capitol Public Radio
By Max Pringle

Speaking from the Assembly floor, Brown complimented former Speaker John Pérez for his leadership skills. He also joked about what he called Pérez’s “mushroom” theory of government.

“A lot of people want to be transparent, they want to know everything, but I’ll tell you, your way of keeping everybody in the dark was a real winner,” Brown said.

Immigrant children's cause boosted by California officials

August 22, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle
By Melody Gutierrez

California's top Democratic leaders are calling for the state to provide $3 million in legal aid to thousands of undocumented minors who fled violence in Central America.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris and legislative leaders announced legislation Thursday that sets aside the money for nonprofits that provide legal help to unaccompanied minors in California.