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Protecting children, consumers, jobs and students dominate Ted Lieu’s end-of-session agenda
August 02, 2012
Measures must be approved prior to August adjournment
SACRAMENTO – When this year’s legislative session resumes Monday, the nearly 1 million residents of coastal Los Angeles represented by Sen. Ted W. Lieu will find him fighting to protect children from sham therapies and consumers from predatory used-car dealers as well as creating jobs and saving California money.
Here, in bill-number order, are 10 bills the Torrance Democrat hopes receive final passage prior to the Legislature’s scheduled Aug. 31 adjournment of the 2011-12 session:
SB 661 – Funeral Protests
This proposed law by Lieu, a former Air Force prosecutor, seeks greater protections for grieving families from disruptive protests while balancing constitutionally sanctioned restrictions on the time, place and manner in which protests at funerals can be held.
SB 921 – National Guard Inspector General
In response to repeated financial abuses by the California National Guard, this bill by Lieu, a lieutenant colonel in the military reserves, would protect against fraud and abuse and restore confidence to the Inspector General system by creating a California Whistleblower Protection Act for service members on state active duty.
SB 956 – Buy Here Pay Here
This consumer-protection measure seeks milestone protections for used-car buyers by cracking down on predatory dealers where interest can be as high as 30 percent. It has been endorsed by The Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee.
SB 959 – Workers Compensation; Spinal Implants
Following reports that California’s workers’ compensation system often pays twice for certain spinal treatments, boosting costs to employers by $67.5 million in 2010, Lieu introduced this plan to repeal duplicative or extra payments to medical providers for implantable devices used in spinal surgery. It has been endorsed by The Riverside Press-Enterprise.
SB 1066 – Climate Change
The consequences of climate change could ultimately cost the state tens of billions of dollars if not addressed. Sponsored by the California Nature Conservancy, Lieu’s SB 1066 would empower the California Coastal Conservancy to address climate change and its impacts as part of its broader mission.
SB 1172 – Sexual Orientation Change Therapies
Sen. Lieu’s patient-protection plan would make California the first state in the nation to end unethical treatments that promise to change a minor’s sexual orientation.
SB 1221 – Hounding of Bears and Bobcats
Endorsed by The Los Angeles Times, The San Jose Mercury News, The Ventura Sun-Star and others, this animal-protection effort would ban hunters from using packs of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats.
SB 1401 – Sector Strategies and SB 1402 – Workforce Development
These bills are Lieu’s two-pronged effort to help create jobs. The first would help prepare workers for skilled jobs that are in demand and improve ways to funnel state resources and training to better prepare workers. The second, SB 1402, labeled a ‘job creator’ by the California Chamber of Commerce, would improve the Economic and Workforce Development Program at California Community Colleges to create a workforce that meets the ongoing and future needs of employers.
SB 1500 – Animal Cruelty
Neglected or injured animals would no longer be returned to abusive owners under this animal-protection measure sponsored by the Los Angeles District Attorney.
For more, including Fact Sheets on the above measures, click on the bill numbers above or visit Lieu’s Web site at the address below or contact Lieu’s office.
Ted W. Lieu chairs the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Long Beach and Los Angeles, including Venice and San Pedro. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu