Panel at interfaith meeting in PVE tackles gun violence

In the wake of two mass shootings in just over a month, community leaders and gun violence advocates gathered at an interfaith discussion in Palos Verdes Estates this week to stress the need for gun safety education to combat such tragedies.

Governor signs bill on senior care facilities

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 19 signed Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s Assembly Bill 651, which will strengthen the state attorney general’s oversight over the sale of nonprofit health care facilities, in order to protect and promote access to health care, particularly in immigrant communities.

AB 651 authorizes the attorney general to enforce any conditions imposed as part of the consent, with authority to seek specific performance, injunctive relief, and other equitable remedies and to recover attorney’s fees and costs.

Governor Brown signs bill to exclude forgiven student loan debt from state tax liability

Torrance, CA – On Friday, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s (D-Torrance) Assembly Bill (AB) 461, which will expand the exclusion for forgiven or canceled student loan debt from gross income in determining state tax liability.  Current federal law allows for forgiving or canceling student loan debt, but the forgiven loan debt may still be assessed as a state tax liability.

California prosecutors will soon be able to combine child sexual assault and trafficking cases from different counties

Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a new law that will allow California prosecutors to consolidate more child sexual assault cases from different counties into a single trial, as long as all district attorneys involved agree.

Law enforcement officials say some child sexual assault prosecutions, such as those involving sex trafficking, are time-consuming and difficult to coordinate. They can span multiple jurisdictions as traffickers move victims across the state and country.

New law, born of UC scandal, will punish interference with audits

Political discourse is full of hype, obfuscation and downright lying—which is why two independent authorities play such vital roles in the state Capitol.

State Auditor Elaine Howle, Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor and their staffs of policy experts provide the Legislature—and, more importantly, the California public—with unvarnished information and analysis about state and local governance.

Governor Brown signs AB 360 to provide legal aid for veterans

Torrance, CA – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s (D-Torrance) Assembly Bill (AB) 360 this week.  This new law requires the California State Bar to administer a program to coordinate free civil legal assistance to veterans and their families who otherwise cannot afford legal services.  This new law also requires the State Bar to conduct a statewide survey of programs that provide legal assistance to veterans in order to better identify whether and where their needs are the greatest.  AB 360 received unanimous, bipartisan support in the Legislature.

Governor Brown signs bill to protect child sexual assault victims from repeated court proceedings

Sacramento, CA – This weekend, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s (D-Torrance) Assembly Bill (AB) 368, a new law that allows the consolidation of child sexual assault prosecutions to protect child victims from having to relive their assault details multiple times in court.  Under AB 368, sponsored by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, when an offender commits certain sexual crimes with a minor in multiple jurisdictions, the offenses may be joined and heard in any one of those locations.