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US NEWS & WORLD REPORT: California Governor Signs Anti-Surveillance Bill

October 01, 2014

The new law forbids state cooperation with 'illegal' data collection.

By Steven Nelson

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill prohibiting the state from supplying “material support, participation, or assistance” in response to certain federal requests for metadata and electronic communications.

The so-called Fourth Amendment Protection Act, introduced with bipartisan sponsorship in January to combat National Security Agency surveillance programs, was heavily revised in the state legislature, limiting its punch.

USC's NEON TOMMY: Gov. Brown Signs Ted Lieu Bill Prohibiting Mass Spying On Californians

October 01, 2014

By Belinda Cai

Gov. Brown signed into law Tuesday bipartisan legislation which bans the state from aiding the federal government in spying on Californians. The Senate Bill 828 was proposed by Senator Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach. It will take effect January 1, 2015.

This is following the repeated federal admission of "widespread, warrantless spying on innocent American citizens," according to the press release. The NSA sometimes relies on services provided by the state to collect electronic and metadata information.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: California Gov. Jerry Brown signs privacy, anti-spying bills

September 30, 2014

By Patrick McGreevy, Melanie Mason

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed several bills that address concerns about spying and privacy, including new restrictions on the paparazzi, tighter laws against “revenge porn,’’ and a prohibition on the state from helping federal intelligence agencies collect phone records without warrants.

Brown's office said the 13 bills will “strengthen privacy and consumer protections.”

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Gov. Brown signs laws to crack down on human trafficking

September 29, 2014

By Patrick McGreevy, Melanie Mason

With California ranked as one of the states with the worst problems of human trafficking, Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a raft of seven bills aimed at improving prosecution of the crime, whose victims are often forced into prostitution, domestic servitude and sweatshop labor.

A 2012 report by the U.S. State Department lists California, New York and Texas as the states with the most human trafficking activity, and says Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego are among the top 10 areas in the United States for the activity.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Gov. signs bills upgrading human trafficking laws

September 29, 2014

By - Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed into law seven new bills intended to thwart human trafficking.

The bills were mostly uncontroversial and had bipartisan support; they primarily involved enhancements and upgrades to existing laws on human trafficking and youth prostitution.

SACRAMENTO BEE: Viewpoints: New law will fix handling of DNA testing cases

September 29, 2014

By Alexander Simpson

On Nov. 24, 2004, a young girl walked along a busy San Diego street. At an underpass, a man came up behind her, grabbed her and told her not to scream. She fought her attacker, managing to escape. At home, the girl called police and placed her clothing in a plastic bag. She began to think that her attacker was probably a man who had been staring at her from a truck. The victim described her attacker as a white male about 5-foot-9, 155 pounds, in his 20s, with facial hair.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Governor signs bills boosting ... inmate rights

September 27, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law bills requiring most health plans to cover a variety of contraceptive methods, banning forced or coerced sterilizations of inmates in California prisons and giving felons behind bars easier access to DNA tests that could prove their innocence.

The birth control bill covers contraceptive drugs, devices and products for women, as well as related counseling, follow-up services and voluntary sterilization procedures.

AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE: Can This Airport Be Saved?

September 25, 2014

The fight over the nation’s busiest single-runway airport.

By Stephen Joiner 

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: Gov. Jerry Brown signs Sen. Ted Lieu’s bill to crack down on unlicensed contractors

September 18, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday a South Bay lawmaker’s bill designed to crack down on unscrupulous contractors.

Authored by state Sen. Ted Lieu , D-Redondo Beach, Senate Bill 315 increases the ability of the Contractors State License Board “to arrest and criminally charge uninsured, unlicensed contractors who undermine law-abiding contractors and skirt state contracting and advertising laws,” according to a news release from Lieu’s office.

The measure, which goes into effect Jan. 1, is designed to combat unlicensed contracting.