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KPCC-Southern California Public Radio: California state senate approves tougher GPS monitoring bill

May 29, 2013

By Julie Small

The California state senate Tuesday unanimously approved SB57, a bill to increase the penalties for paroled sex offenders who cut off their GPS monitoring devices.  The legislation is one of dozens of bills introduced to address problems caused by prison realignment.

In 2011, the legislature enacted realignment to shift responsibility for the incarceration and post-release supervision of low-level felons from the state to the counties.   They did that to comply with a federal court order to relieve overcrowding in state prisons.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Senate advances tougher penalties for some sex offenders

May 29, 2013

The measure by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) was one of dozens of bills approved as lawmakers face a Friday deadline for moving legislation out of the house in which it originated.

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: California State Senate backs Lieu bill strengthening penalties for parolees who cut off ankle monitors

May 29, 2013

By Kristin S. Agostoni

The state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill from South Bay lawmaker Ted Lieu that would impose tougher penalties for convicted sex offenders who cut off their ankle-mounted GPS monitors.

The penalty for the first offense would be a mandatory parole revocation and six months in a county jail. For the second offense, parole would be revoked for a mandatory period of a year in a county jail. And for third and subsequent offenses, the removal would constitute a felony punishable by 16 months, two years or three years in state prison.

LOS ANGELES JAPANESE DAILY NEWS: Lieu named 'Legislator of the Year'

May 28, 2013
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SACRAMENTO — The Veterans of Foreign Wars during a Capitol reception on May 8 named State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) as Legislators of the Year.

“State Sen. Lieu and Assemblymember Yamada have been instrumental in advancing veterans’ programs in California and we are pleased to recognize their hard work and achievements on behalf of the veterans of our state,” Earl Fulk, commander of the VFW in California, said.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Penalty may increase for sex offenders who cut GPS

May 28, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sex-offender parolees who remove or disable their satellite-linked tracking devices would face increased penalties under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Lawmakers of both parties say offenders sometimes face little punishment for removing their GPS-equipped ankle bracelets.

HERMOSA BEACH EASY READER: Saluting the Fallen - Memorial Day in Redondo Beach

May 28, 2013

About 500 people turned out to Veteran’s Park to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday afternoon. Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi was the keynote speaker for the event, which Lt. Col. Tom Lasser (retired) emceed.

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: Districts split on funding plan

May 27, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to fundamentally revamp the way schools are funded isn’t pitting Republicans vs. Democrats so much as it is pitting suburban districts against urban ones — and leaders in Torrance are playing a key role in organizing the statewide opposition.

THE HUFFINGTON POST: California Journalist Shield Law Extension Proposed After AP Wiretapping Scandal

May 26, 2013

By Aaron Sankin

aaron.sankin@huffingtonpost.com

In the wake of revelations that the Department of Justice secretly obtained two months of phone records from the Associated Press as part of a leak investigation, elected officials around the country have started looking at how to prevent similar government intrusions on press freedoms from occurring at the state level.

LOS ANGELES NEWS GROUP: Sen. Ted Lieu bill would protect news organizations

May 23, 2013

South Bay lawmaker is moving to protect California reporters and news organizations against secret investigations from law enforcement.

State Sen. Ted Lieu announced Thursday that he is adding language to Senate Bill 558 that would require California law enforcement to give news organizations five days notice before issuing a subpoena to a third-party vendor, like an Internet service provider or telephone company.