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A Deadline For Bills: What Made It, What Didn’t

A deadline has come and gone for bills introduced in the California legislature last year. They had to pass the house they were introduced in today, to keep going through the rest of the two-year session.

The state Senate approved a bill that would allow local governments to keep more than one-billion dollars in redevelopment funds set aside for affordable housing projects. It’s an effort to preserve that money as redevelopment agencies shut down. However, the bill did not get the necessary two-thirds vote for it to take effect immediately. Instead, if it becomes law, it wouldn’t kick in until next year—which may be too late to save the funds.

In the Assembly, lawmakers approved a bill that would ask voters whether to change California’s three-strikes law-- to require that only a serious or violent felony qualifies as a third strike. Lawmakers in that house rejected a campaign disclosure bill to require that top donors be identified in political ads. That measure fell two votes short of the two-thirds supermajority required.

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Avatar for user 'no_soup_for_you'

no_soup_for_you | January 31, 2012 at 10:56 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

AB 625 is a bill that would have modified California's sex offender system to a tiered system that designates how long people must register as sex offenders.
Every state in the country has a system like this except California, Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina.

California has over 92,000 registered sex offenders and makes every one of them register for life, instead of the system most states have that less serious offenses register for 10 years, other 20, and the most dangerous for life.

Law enforcement and the sex offender board favored this bill because it would have allowed money and resources to concentrate on the most serious child molesters and rapists, while Romeo and Juliet crimes would not require lifetime registration.

It's interesting that liar Nathan Fletcher, the Assemblyman who exploited the Chelsea King murder for political gain voted against this bill today. While putting together his touted "Chelsea's Law" Nathan Fletcher claimed he favored reasonable legislation that focused on the most serious offenders. Today, Nathan Fletcher proved he was lying then, and proved he does not favor reasonable sex offender laws. Nathan Flethcer, like many others in Sacramento favor their own political hide instead of reasonable and fair laws.

The bill didn't passmthemassembly, so California's draconian sex offender laws will remain in small company with Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 1, 2012 at 12:17 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

I agree no soup. For being a "blue state", California has some pretty backwards laws, 3 strikes being one of the most dysfunctional.

If you don't like Fletcher, you can encourage your friends and family to vote against him in the mayoral race.

Of course DeMaio and Dumanis are equally as bad. Bob Filner is the only option.

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