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TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: Supreme Court clears the way for ban authored by Sen. Ted Lieu on gay conversion therapy

June 30, 2014

By Lisa Leff

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law, authored by a South Bay lawmaker, that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.

NATIONALLAWREVIEW: Californians May Vote This November On Whether To Overturn Citizens United

June 25, 2014

By Keith Paul Bishop

Although state law does not explicitly authorize advisory elections, the California legislature is poised to pass a bill calling a special election for this November for an advisory vote.  SB 1272 (Lieu) would submit the following question to the voters:

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Legislature seeks voter sentiment on campaign cash

June 30, 2014

By Fenit Nirappil

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters could weigh in this fall on the growing influence of money in politics under a bill that advanced Monday.

The legislation calls for an advisory ballot measure asking if voters want an amendment to the U.S. Constitutional clamping down on corporate campaign giving.

The state Assembly approved SB1272 on a party-line 49-22 vote, with Republicans in opposition. The bill is expected to pass the Senate with amendments and head to Gov. Jerry Brown.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Ban on conversion therapy for gay youths survives challenge

June 30, 2014

By Henry K. Lee

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to overturn a California law banning conversion therapy that aims to turn gay youths straight.

The high court, without comment, let stand an appeals court ruling in August that upheld a law that bars licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of patients under 18. Those therapy methods have included counseling and training to encourage interactions with the opposite sex, hypnosis and aversive methods such as hormone treatment.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Justices turn away 'conversion' therapy ban cases

June 30, 2014

By Cheryl Wetzstein

The Supreme Court Monday turned away two cases seeking to overturn a California law that bans gay “conversion” therapy for children and teens.

As it often does, the high court denied review of the cases without explanation.

Gay rights groups lauded the move, saying it shows that California lawmakers and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals were correct to lobby for and uphold such a ban.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: California Supreme Court Clears Ban On Therapy Turning Gay Minors Straight

June 30, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.

The justices turned aside a legal challenge brought by supporters of so-called conversion or reparative therapy. Without comment, they let stand an August 2013 appeals court ruling that said the ban covered professional activities that are within the state’s authority to regulate and doesn’t violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.

REUTERS: Supreme Court won't intervene in California ban on gay-conversion therapy

June 30, 2014

By Sharon Bernstein
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider arguments against California's ban on a controversial therapy aimed at reversing homosexuality in children, allowing the prohibition to be enforced in the most populous U.S. state.

INTERNATIONAL DAILY NEWS: Measure by Sen. Ted Lieu would help promote California's exports

June 27, 2014

SACRAMENTO - California jobs and its ports will be in a better position to retain their worldwide, competitive advantage for billions of dollars in goods under and export-promotion and financing plan that today passed its policy review on a bipartisan vote.

VALUEWALKNEWS: California Assembly Panel Votes To Turn off NSA Water

June 24, 2014

SACRAMENTO, June 24, 2014 – In the face of opposition lobbying from the California Sheriffs Association and two former NSA analysts, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to approve a bipartisan bill which creates a mechanism to turn off all material support and assistance, including water and electricity resources, from California to federal mass surveillance programs. The vote was 5-0.

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