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THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Kids could again be arrested for prostitution under Travis Allen's bill

February 24, 2017



It earned a “Pants on fire: The statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim” rating from Politifact’s Truth-O-Meter, but state Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, has stuck to his guns.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: California lawmakers say new state agency rules do little to guarantee family visits for jail inmates

February 23, 2017

By Jazmine Ulloa

The inmate visitation area at the North Facility of the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

California lawmakers on Tuesday scrutinized new state agency regulations that will allow more county jails across the state to prevent inmates from visiting with their families in person.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: California lawmaker raises possibility of delaying licensing of recreational marijuana sales

February 23, 2017

By Patrick McGreevy

State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) says she's concerned about banks being unwilling to handle marijuana sales revenue because the drug is still illegal under federal law. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Amid concerns that California may not be ready to issue licenses for the sale of marijuana by next year, one state lawmaker raised the possibility Thursday of the Legislature stepping in to delay taxes and permits.

LA DAILY JOURNAL: Lawmakers at a state Senate oversight hearing aimed tough questions at the head of California's prisons

February 22, 2017


By L.J. Williamson

Frustrated lawmakers at a state Senate oversight hearing aimed a tough round of pointed questions at the head of California's prisons Tuesday regarding new jail inmate visit policies.

LA DAILY JOURNAL: Rules exempt some prisons from in-person visitation

February 21, 2017


By L.J. Williamson

The Board of State and Community Corrections has approved revisions to state regulations on in-person prison visitation, exempting facilities "that are in design, construction or already are offering video-only approaches" as of the policy's effective date of Feb. 16.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who authored a bill to end video-only visitation policies that was vetoed last fall, said she was infuriated by the policy, which will undermine the human element that she said would help to reduce recidivism.

SACRAMENTO BEE: Senate leader Kevin de León announces committee assignments, leadership posts

December 21, 2016

PhotoCredit: Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León, D-Los Angeles, in 2014. The Senate leader announced committee assignments Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Hector Amezcua

By Taryn Luna

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León released committee assignments and floor leadership posts for the upcoming session Wednesday, shuffling the chairmanships of some influential panels.

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH: Making waves in other states!

September 13, 2016

Editorial: Virginia should follow California's example on civil asset forfeiture

Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2016 10:30 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Inmates in county jails can't be denied visits from family, under bill now on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown

August 30, 2016

By John Myers

All of California's county jails would be required to provide visits from inmate family members under legislation approved on Monday by the state Senate.

Senate Bill 1157 would force a change in as many 11 counties that have either fully switched to video conferencing or are in the process of eliminating in-person visitation.

"Without this, it means we will have incarcerated people in our jails who are not able to bond with children or family members for years," said state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), the bill's author.

SACRAMENTO BEE: California bill limiting asset seizures by police headed to Jerry Brown

August 24, 2016

A deal struck between California legislators and law enforcement to limit asset seizures of suspected criminals is finally headed to the governor.

The state Senate on Wednesday was poised to unanimously approve Senate Bill 443, a long-in-the-works measure from Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, that would require agencies to obtain convictions in order to keep property taken during criminal investigations under a process known as civil asset forfeiture. (It is currently on call with 37 yes votes, far more than the 21 it needs to pass.)