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Lieu measures to protect children, promote humane values and create jobs dominate 2012 agenda
October 10, 2012
Governor signs 13 Sen. Ted W. Lieu measures into law
SACRAMENTO – Protecting children from psychological abuse, creating jobs, ensuring animal safety, helping victims receive restitution and saving taxpayers money are among the proposals by Sen. Ted W. Lieu signed into law by last week’s deadline.
“California’s children and taxpayers will have greater protections and opportunities beginning Jan. 1, 2013, when these laws take effect,” said Lieu, D-Torrance. “We have worked hard to provide residents statewide with tangible improvements to our quality of life.”
Among the Lieu bills Gov. Brown signed into law are:
· SB 661 – Funeral Protests
This measure will provide greater protections for grieving families from disruptive protests by balancing the constitutionally protected right of free speech with limited restrictions on the time, place and manner in which protests at funerals can be held to protect the grieving families’ right to privacy.
· SB 921 – National Guard Inspector General
In response to repeated financial abuses by the California National Guard, this bill by Lieu, a former Air Force prosecutor who remains in the military reserves, will protect against fraud and abuse and help restore confidence to the Guard by creating a California Military Whistleblower Protection Act for service members on state active duty.
· SB 1055 – Rental Payment Flexibility
In response to complaints from residents that more and more landlords are requiring rental payments be made only online, this measure ensures landlords also accept other forms of payment that are neither cash nor an electronic transfer of funds.
· SB 1058 – Victims of Corporate Fraud
Since 2002 through January of this year, California’s fraud-compensation fund has raised nearly $15 million to help compensate those who have been taken advantage of or swindled by smooth-talking hustlers. But through January, only seven victims have been paid – for a total of $112,000. SB 1055 would help speed up state payments to these victims of corporate fraud.
· 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, SB 1066 will 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 makes California the first state in the nation to end the psychological abuse of children through unethical treatments that falsely promise to change a minor’s sexual orientation.
· SB 1210 – Victim’s Restitution
With the goal of helping the recovery of those hurt most by crime, this law provides county law enforcement officials the authority to collect restitution from offenders to help the victims of their crimes receive financial restitution.
· 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 bans hunters from using packs of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats.
· SB 1402 – Workforce Development
Labeled a ‘job creator’ by the California Chamber of Commerce, this improves and extends the Economic and Workforce Development Program at California Community Colleges to help create a workforce that meets the ongoing and future needs of employers.
· SB 1500 – Animal Cruelty
Neglected or injured animals will no longer be returned to abusive owners under this animal-protection measure sponsored by the Los Angeles District Attorney.
In addition, two Lieu measures approved by lawmakers not requiring the governor’s signature to be chaptered into law are:
· Senate Concurrent Resolution 79 – Jenny Oropeza Memorial Highway
This measure names a bridge over Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington, at zero cost to the state, to the memory of his predecessor, the late-Sen. Jenny Oropeza of Long Beach.
· SCR 98 – 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution
This measure celebrates Sept. 17, 2012 as the 225th anniversary of the original signing of the U.S. Constitution.
Vetoed by the governor were two bills:
· Senate Bill 336 – Emergency Room Crowding
Hospital emergency-room patients would have received better medical care under a doctor-supported plan to reduce overcrowding through better planning.
· SB 956 – Buy Here Pay Here
This consumer-protection bill would have enacted milestone protections for used-car outlets by cracking down on predatory ‘buy here, pay here’ dealers where interest rates can be as high as 30 percent. Lieu is considering re-introducing a new version of the bill at a later date.
For more, including Fact Sheets on the above measures, click on the bill numbers above, visit Lieu’s Web site at the address below or contact Lieu’s office.
Ted W. Lieu 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, Los Angeles and San Pedro. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu.