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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Legislation plugs holes in Shield Act

October 14, 2013

Southern California state Sen. Ted Lieu , a reliable champion of media freedoms, deserves our gratitude and full credit for shepherding a bill through the Legislature that strengthens the California Shield Act. Gov. Jerry Brown was right to sign it into law.

SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS: Brief: Gov. Brown signs Lieu legislation

October 14, 2013

By Greg Asciutto

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law three bills authored by State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica) over the weekend, all of which will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Senate Bill 57 establishes severe penalties for registered sex offenders who remove or disable monitoring devices assigned to them as a condition of parole. If convicted of disarming their devices, first-time offenders face 180 days of parole revocation in county jail.

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: SEX OFFENDERS - Law sets jail time for ankle bracelet violators

October 13, 2013

A bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday will put convicted sex offenders back in jail for a minimum of 180 days if they cut off court-ordered GPS ankle bracelets.

The new law requires that offenders who remove their monitoring devices to serve the additional felony sentence in county jail before returning to parole.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS EDITORIAL: California's changes in Shield Law good for the public

October 13, 2013

Southern California state Sen. Ted Lieu , a reliable champion of media freedoms, deserves our gratitude and full credit for shepherding a bill through the Legislature that strengthens the California Shield Act. Gov. Jerry Brown was right to sign it into law.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: New law targets sex offenders who disarm tracking devices

October 12, 2013

By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John

CALIFORNIA - Brown zeroes in on crime, justice - Governor signs 21 measures, including one that targets sex offenders who disarm electronic trackers, and vetoes 12

Gov. Jerry Brown cracked down on sex offenders who disarm their electronic trackers while on parole, signing legislation Saturday requiring that they stay in jail once they are caught.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Governor signs bills protecting Calif. workers

October 11, 2013

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed several bills that seek to protect California workers who are immigrants or victims of domestic violence and other crimes.

SB400 from Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, prevents employers from firing an employee who has been a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Employers also must make a reasonable effort to protect victims from their abuser, such as changing a work telephone number or desk location.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Repeal of tax is good for business

October 10, 2013

Imagine receiving an unexpected, retroactive tax bill for millions of dollars for merely trying to invest in California's economy and the next wave of innovation. This was about to happen because of a Franchise Tax Board staff decision that would have sent a chilling message to small businesses and entrepreneurs who are key job creators in our state.

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL: October power business seminar in Torrance

October 10, 2013

By Sentinel Wire Service

Are state lawmakers sometimes treated like celebrities? It seemed that way on Monday, October 7 when an enthusiastic small business owner jumped in front of the camera and stood shoulder-to- shoulder with four of the most powerful politicians in the state.

Did anyone get her name?

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Hollywood petitions California legislators for more film and tv tax incentives

October 09, 2013

Labor and business reps come to a rare agreement on the need for money to retain jobs at a Los Angeles hearing, also attended by politicians and economists.

More money. That is what the state of California needs to provide for incentives to keep movie and TV production’s in the state at a time when there is significant competition from other states and countries -- according to politicians, business and labor representatives and economists.

MARINA DEL REY ARGONAUT: Gov. Brown signs journalist protection bill

October 09, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law Senate Bill 558, a bill mandating that reporters and their news organizations be given five days’ notice of any subpoenas of their records held by others.

Those records include phone calls or other invasions of their newsgathering communications.
The author of SB 558 is state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Marina del Rey), a former editor in chief of the Law Review at Georgetown University Law Center, sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.