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.
StateSen. 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.
After nearly two hours of debate, the state Senate on Monday passed a resolution that condemned President Trump’s executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries, calling it "discriminatory overreach."
Amid continuing tensions over the fatal police shootings of black men across the nation, some civil rights activists and members of California's Legislative Black Caucus say state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris must do more to increase accountability and ensure impartial investigations.