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TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: California medical board probes use of powerful psychiatric drugs on foster kids at Sen. Ted Lieu’s request

August 28, 2014

 By Karen de Sá, San Jose Mercury News, kdesa@mercurynews.com

With pressure on California’s foster care system to curb the rampant use of powerful psych meds on foster kids, concern is mounting about the doctors behind the questionable prescribing.

REUTERS: California Senate approves measure banning warrantless drone surveillance

August 27, 2014

By AARON MENDELSON

 

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance.

The bill attracted bipartisan support in the Senate, passing 25-8 during the evening vote in Sacramento.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: California movie/tv incentives: bill likely to pass but not at $400 million

August 26, 2014

By Alex Ben Block

Last-minute negotiations between legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown likely to lead to an amount above the current $100 million in tax credits

The clock is ticking, but there is no final deal yet in Sacramento on the bill to expand California’s movie and TV financial incentives. However, as behind-the-scenes negotiations between the bill’s backers and Gov. Jerry Brown continue, some things are coming into focus.

VENTURA COUNTY STAR: Lawmakers give final passage to (Lieu) bill

August 22, 2014

By Timm Herdt

SACRAMENTO — Senate Bill 315

This bill by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, would prohibit unlicensed contractors from advertising their services for any job estimated to cost more than $500.

Under current law, they may advertise for all construction projects, but must state in their ads that they do not hold a contractor’s license.

California bill would increase penalties for soliciting minors for sex

August 22, 2014

REUTERS - Adults convicted of soliciting underage prostitutes for sex will spend a minimum of two days in jail and face fines of up to $10,000 under a bill passed by the California legislature on Thursday.

The bill, which passed the State Senate on a vote of 32-0, is the latest effort by lawmakers and prosecutors to stem human trafficking in the most populous U.S. state, which officials say is one of the nation's top four destinations for gangsters and smugglers setting up commercial sex rings.

VENTURA COUNTY STAR: Hollywood seeks help in Sacramento

August 20, 2014

By Kaity Wilson

SACRAMENTO — A bit of movie magic came to the Capitol on Wednesday.

Makeup artists transformed legislative interns into pirates of the Caribbean and cameramen used the magic of the green screen to transport visitors to the Oval Office with the cast of “Scandal.”

TIREBUSINESS.Com: Tire pressure monitoring bill passes

August 20, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Aug. 20, 2014) — The California Legislature has passed legislation that its proponents claim will improve automotive safety, protect consumers from “unscrupulous” tire dealers and increase fuel economy.

Approved with overwhelming bipartisan support, Assembly Bill 1665 is headed to the governor’s desk for his signature.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Audit: $93M Medi-Cal payments could be fraudulent

August 20, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State auditors have found Medi-Cal, the nation's largest Medicaid program, was hit with more than $93 million in potentially fraudulent bills by substance abuse clinics across California.

The audit released Tuesday reviewed billing data from July 2008 to December 2013 for Medi-Cal's Drug Treatment program, which reimburses outpatient rehabilitation clinics, the Los Angeles Times reported.

CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: State audit confirms weak oversight, potential fraud at rehab clinics

August 19, 2014

The California State Auditor’s office discovered $94 million in potentially fraudulent payments and more than 300 services approved for dead people in a searing review of the state’s drug rehabilitation program for the poor.

The state’s oversight failures created opportunities for privately run clinics to fleece the state, and its process for approving rehab clinics was so “woefully inadequate” that it put federal funding for the program at risk, according to the audit released today.

REUTERS: California may have been duped into paying $94M in fraudulent claims

August 20, 2014

By Aaron Mendelson

A California program that covers addiction treatments for the poor may have paid $93.7 million in fraudulent claims, a state audit showed.

The report released Tuesday by the California State Auditor showed that the state's Drug Medi-Cal program may have paid more than $3 million in claims for patients who were actually dead, and found serious deficiencies in the agency's records for 30 drug treatment program providers.

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