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February 25, 2007 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered that all of the state's middle-school-aged girls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, the backlash was swift and sure. Critics argued that the executive order promoted promiscuity, trampled on parental rights and subjected children to a new vaccine with unknown long-term effects. Texas lawmakers, unhappy that Perry sidestepped their authority, pushed a bill through committee that would rescind the mandate.
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February 3, 2007 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Texas on Friday became the first state to require school-age girls to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that has been shown to cause cervical cancer. Gov. Rick Perry signed an executive order mandating that most girls, starting in September 2008, receive the vaccination against the human papillomavirus before entering sixth grade. More than a dozen states, including California, have been considering such a move.
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January 11, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Criticizing "exorbitant" payouts in lawsuits against the city, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued an executive order Wednesday that gave his office more control of municipal risk-management efforts. The city paid more than $37 million to settle lawsuits and claims last year. Although the amount is down from previous years, Villaraigosa said he had been frustrated by some of the decisions, including a settlement proposed by City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo that would have paid $2.
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November 29, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that the Bush administration violated the Constitution when it froze the assets of more than two dozen alleged terrorist groups after the Sept. 11 attacks. U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins, in a ruling released Monday, held that an executive order Bush issued Sept. 24, 2001 -- designating 27 groups and individuals as "specially designated global terrorists" -- was "unconstitutionally vague."
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August 23, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush signed an executive order Tuesday that requires federally financed healthcare programs to gather information about the costs and quality of the medical care they pay for and to share it with consumers.
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June 17, 2006 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday ordered the state corrections department to create a prerelease program for sex offenders, a move designed to ensure that those convicts considered high risk are not housed near schools upon their release. In issuing his executive order, the governor also said he wants the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to notify local police and sheriff's departments 45 days before a high-risk sex offender is paroled in their communities.
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August 12, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to issue an executive directive today that bans road construction by city departments during rush hour, according to the mayor's office. He will also announce that he is increasing funding for street repaving. The directive is based on legislation by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel that is working its way through the City Council. Rush hour is considered from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m.
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July 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order Wednesday allocating as much as $7 million to firefighting efforts from money set aside in the state budget. The order calls for an increase in the number of firefighters from three to four on 53 engines in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties through the 2005 fire season. Additional resources are also to be provided to Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties.
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March 2, 2005 | Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writer
President Bush on Tuesday threatened to impose controversial new policies to let federally funded religious charities make hiring decisions based on the religious beliefs of potential employees. Calling for an expansion of his faith-based initiative, Bush said that if Congress did not vote for the changes in hiring law this year, he would consider doing it himself through "executive action."
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August 28, 2004 | Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writer
President Bush signed a series of executive orders Friday in a bid to strengthen America's intelligence operations until Congress could act, but they fell short of reforms recommended by the Sept. 11 commission and several members of Congress. In what White House officials called the most significant change under the new orders, the director of central intelligence will have greater power than in the past to help determine the budgets of the 15 intelligence agencies.
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