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GOP Bills Die in Committee

Aired 4/20/12 on KPBS News.

Hundreds of bills passed their first committee votes this week at the State Capitol. But many did not – especially measures authored by minority Republicans.

One measure would create a sales tax exemption for the purchase of manufacturing equipment. The California Chamber of Commerce calls that bill one of its "Job Creators" - but it's been moved to the suspense file, meaning it might come up for a vote someday... or it might not.

A measure that would streamline California's death penalty system also failed. That prompted an angry outburst from Mark Klaas - the father of a slain girl whose killer still sits on Death Row fifteen years after his sentence.

"There is no way that the death penalty will ever be fixed - and we all agree that it's a broken system - as long as you turn your back on every common-sense solution that's put forth," remarked Klaas.

And a bill that would make romantic relationships between high school teachers and students over 18 a felony stalled this week as well.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 21, 2012 at 2:17 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Many of these bills are based on hysteria and overreaction to rare cases.

With all do respect to Mr. Klaas, the death penalty debate is a broader issue than just his personal revenge on the murderer of his daughter. Yes, that man probably deserves to die, but we should not streamline government executions just because one famous victim wants personal revenge.

As to the bill that would make it a felony for a teacher to become romantic with a student **18 years of age or older**, what idiot proposed that?

Obviously some political nit-wit with far too much time on their hands.

Once again, we have a rare case of a teacher who left his family to be with an 18 year old student, and now the idiots in Sacramento want to overreact to it and make it illegal for any teacher to date any student regardless of age. The way the bill was written, a 30 year old college professor dating a 25 year old grad student could be charged with a felony.

I'm sorry, but I have no sympathy whatsoever for the political stooges who didn't get their crazy laws passed.

There isn't a violin tiny enough to play for these idiots.

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