SANTA ANA -- The California law that eases prison overcrowding by shifting responsibility for thousands of lower-level felons to county jails has made it much harder for certain crime victims to collect restitution from inmates.
The state's 33 adult prisons have a seamless system for siphoning 50 percent of the money out of an inmate's prison account -- money earned from a prison job or deposited by friends and family -- to pay victims for their losses.
A bill introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno that would have allowed bars, nightclubs and restaurants statewide to seek permission to remain open an extra two hours, until 4 a.m., died Tuesday in the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization.
The vote was 6-4 against the proposed legislation, SB 645.
SACRAMENTO — Pressed by a Coronado mother whose adult son was killed in an accident, a state Senate committee Wednesday unanimously approved legislation that would regulate trampoline centers that are growing in popularity in California and throughout the country.
The legislation would require trampoline centers to comply with safety regulations similar to those already in place for amusement park rides. It would put the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in charge of setting design standards, other safety safeguards and inspections.
Appeals court hears challenges to Calif. law that bans therapy to make gay minors straight By Lisa Leff and Paul Elias
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's novel law seeking to ban licensed counselors from trying to turn gay teens straight is boiling down to a question over whether the therapy is free speech or a medical treatment that can be regulated by government.