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June 19, 2018

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – The California Senate has approved an almost $200 billion budget which set asides money for several issues that progressive groups deem important such as education, homelessness and transportation. The budget also approves $300 million for schools to boost the academic performance of underachieving students. This was an issue that black voters and legislators had lobbied for.

June 19, 2018

Manny Otiko
State Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) had harsh words for law enforcement officials during a California State Senate’s Committee on Public Safety hearing. Bradford lashed out at law enforcement officials during a discussion on Senate Bill 1421 authored by Nancy Skinner, a bay area representative, requires police agencies to open their records during officer misconduct cases.

June 19, 2018

By The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

California’s powerful police unions are used to having their way at the Capitol. For decades, they’ve been able to coerce lawmakers into burying almost every bill that would have forced their members to accept even a modicum of additional transparency or public accountability.

But times may be changing.

June 18, 2018

Listen to LA Times journalists Melanie Mason and John Myers talk about the impact Sen. Holly J. Mitchell has had on her second budget as chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee in this excerpt HERE:  Listen to the entire broadcast HERE:

June 18, 2018

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By The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

What will it take to stop sexual harassment in the workplace? Last week, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, suggested an answer: cultural change.

June 16, 2018

By Kathleen Ronayne

SACRAMENTO - The California Legislature may create a new investigative unit to focus solely on harassment and discrimination complaints and hire an outside panel of experts to recommend discipline for perpetrators.

June 15, 2018

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By Melanie Mason

Many months after multiple scandals prompted the resignations of several lawmakers, a group of state legislators has proposed a new way to handle harassment and workplace complaints at California’s Capitol.

In the biggest change under the proposal, investigations would be handled by a new unit of the Legislature’s legal office.

June 15, 2018

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By Alexei Koseff And Taryn Luna

The California Legislature will relinquish much of its control over sexual harassment complaints and investigations at the Capitol to independent panels under a new policy proposal unveiled Friday by the Assembly and Senate.

June 15, 2018

The California Senate yesterday passed a state budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2018.