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California Lawmakers Chip Away At Hundreds of Bills

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 20, 2012
California Senators debated one controversial bill for more than an hour.
It would give juveniles sentenced to life without parole a second chance at sentencing.
The bill, authored by Democratic Senator Leland Yee, squeaked by in the Senate. Yee, a child psychologist, argued teenagers brains aren't totally developed so they make bad decisions.
The Assembly passed legislation known as the "Student Athlete Bill of Rights."  
It would require California universities provide academic scholarships to student athletes who are injured.  It still faces a vote in the Senate before it could move to the Governor.
And Californians could show proof of auto insurance on their smartphone or i-Pad under a bill passed by the Assembly.
That bill now heads to the Governor's desk.

Senate Debates BB Gun Bill

The California state Senate has passed a bill that would penalize parents if their children openly display a B-B gun in a public place.

The legislation would fine parents 100 dollars for the first offense and 200 dollars for the second.

Supporters say today's BB guns are being manufactured to look just like real assault weapons. They say parents should take responsibility to make sure the guns are properly stored.

But Republican Senator Doug La Malfa says the bill goes too far.

La MALFA: "Back in my day, you could jump on your bike in the morning with your BB gun and drive all around the neighborhood or up through the hills and do what you do, a little plinking here and there, and it wouldn't hurt anybody now at this point we're going to make criminals out of people for not properly storing a BB gun."

The bill has support from some law enforcement.  It passed the Senate 21 to 17.

It still faces one more vote in the Assembly before it could move to the Governor.

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