Appeals court hears challenges to Calif. law that bans therapy to make gay minors straight By Lisa Leff and Paul Elias
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's novel law seeking to ban licensed counselors from trying to turn gay teens straight is boiling down to a question over whether the therapy is free speech or a medical treatment that can be regulated by government.
Thousands of folks will veg out next week, including California State Senator Ted Lieu, California Assembly member Das William Williams and former California Assembly member Pedro Nava. They’re pledging to go vegetarian beginning on Earth Day, Monday, April 22 through Sunday to support US VegWeek.
Compassion Over Killing, a group committed to ending cruelty to animals, is behind this nationwide campaign. Its mission is to encourage consumers to create a kinder, greener and healthier world by choosing vegetables over meat.
SJR 7, introduced by Ted Lieu, urges President Barack Obama and Congress to consider legislation aimed at curbing helicopter noise.
The California Senate voted 26-9 Thursday in favor of a resolution urging President Barack Obama and Congress to adopt the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act, according to a news release from state Sen. Ted Lieu's office.
SAN FRANCISCO A federal appeals court is wrangling over the legality of California's first-in-the-nation bid to ban "sexual-orientation change" counseling of children.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday closely questioned lawyers on both sides of the issue. The judges asked whether licensed mental health professionals who offer such therapy are protected by free-speech rights, and whether they're offering medical treatment that can be regulated by the government.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- In use for the first time last year, California's online voter registration system proved so popular that lawmakers want to build on its success this year.
Wider promotion of the system and a push toward online voting are among several election-related bills under consideration as the Legislature approaches a midyear bill deadline. Other changes under consideration would shine more light on campaign financing and update how elections are run.
Vegetarianism has really taken off in California -- and in L.A. specifically -- as of late. LAUSD adopted a meatless Monday program, as has the city as a whole. So it seems only natural that some of our state's major politicians would support the US VegWeek, which begins on Earth day.