September 2, 1991 |
It is pitting environmentalist against environmentalist, logging company against logging company and a Republican governor against Republican legislators. California is in the midst of a timber war. Like many other wars, it began with a common goal--the passage of a legislative package that would provide longstanding protection for forests that are privately owned.
December 27, 1993 |
No one at Farmers Insurance Group saw the commercial, and no television station aired it. But the impact jolted executives at the Los Angeles offices of the huge company. The 30-second commercial prepared by the California Trial Lawyers Assn., the insurance industry's bitter adversary, detailed how a judge had ordered Farmers to pay $57 million and said the company had "lied, cheated, stonewalled and tromped on the rights of the insured to escape its own responsibilities."
October 24, 1997 |
Providing a rare insider's view, a retired state senator testified in federal court Thursday that campaign contributions have come to dominate the outcome of bills in the Legislature. Former Sen. Barry Keene (D-Benicia) offered his perception of the influence political donations play as a defense witness on behalf of the Proposition 208 political reform law.
February 6, 1991 |
As an unexpected consequence of a gun control law that took effect Jan. 1, the names of people admitted for mental health treatment at California hospitals are being recorded in state law enforcement computers. Although meant to keep firearms away from those who are considered dangerous to themselves or to society, the practice also applies to psychiatric patients who voluntarily check themselves in for treatment and have no history of violent behavior.
September 14, 1985 |
The Legislature sent to the governor a bill giving $2.9 million to four Northern California counties that say they need the money to combat the growing of marijuana. The measure by Sen. Barry Keene (D-Benicia) passed the Assembly on a 68-0 vote and won final passage from the Senate on a 38-0 vote to accept Assembly amendments.
January 30, 1988 |
Noting that the California primary may be the "decisive prize" in the 1988 Democratic presidential sweepstakes, Massachusetts Gov. Dukakis introduced his California leadership team at a Beverly Hills press conference Thursday. The group includes Reps. Robert T. Matsui (D-Sacramento) and Norman Y. Mineta (D-San Jose); state Senate Majority Leader Barry Keene (D-Benicia); state Sen. Nicholas C.
July 21, 1992 |
The state Senate, by a 14-16 vote, rejected a resolution to ask voters to consider calling a convention to rewrite the state Constitution. The measure needed at least 27 aye votes, a two-thirds majority, to move to the Assembly. Opponents said an open-ended convention could result in the elimination of important liberties. But the author of the convention resolution, Sen. Barry Keene (D-Ukiah), said the current system throws too many roadblocks in the way of major programs and decisions.
November 7, 1992
Sen. Barry Keene (D-Benicia), who intends to resign from the Legislature next month, has been appointed president of the business-based Assn. for California Tort Reform. The association of insurance companies, manufacturers, utilities, hospitals and some local governments lobbies for reducing the cost of litigation, especially in the area of liability. Supported by physicians, Keene authored a controversial 1975 law that limits doctor liability and damages in medical malpractice cases.
July 9, 2013 |
It's a very rare thing for a legislator to admit that a law he sponsored hasn't worked out as expected. It's even rarer for him to label it "oppressive" and call for its revision. But that's the case with former California Assemblyman Barry Keene and one of his legislative offspring. The law is the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975, or MICRA, which tried to address a malpractice insurance "crisis" - rising premiums threatened to drive doctors out of California or into retirement - by imposing draconian restrictions on patient lawsuits.
October 2, 1987 |
English: SB 1583 by Sen. Art Torres (D-Los Angeles) requires the state to develop a test to measure the English proficiency of aliens eligible to apply for permanent residency under the federal immigration act. The governor, however, reduced an accompanying appropriation from $2.7 million to $1.5 million. Freeway Shooters: AB 2625 by Assemblyman Dave Elder (D-Long Beach) makes it a felony to threaten an automobile driver or passenger with a firearm. Tort Reform: SB 241 by Sen.