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July 11, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation giving California consumers more protection from unfair debt-collection practices. The Fair Debt Buying Practices Act, authored by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), requires debt collectors to verify that an obligation is real before going after consumers. Similar protections already exist at the federal level, but the state bill is more specific in its requirement that collectors go the extra mile in making sure money is owed. "Completely innocent Californians have been victimized by this industry," Leno told me. "At a time when we're coming out of a deep economic crisis, this is insult to injury for many families.
September 12, 2013 | David Lazarus
CVS Caremark insists that it's just complying with federal law by informing customers that their medical information could be "redisclosed" if they sign up for the company's prescription-drug reward program. Privacy experts, though, question whether CVS is complying with state law. "California's privacy law is stricter than federal law," said Charles Googooian, a La Canada Flintridge lawyer who specializes in medical-privacy issues. "It doesn't seem like CVS is complying with either the spirit or the letter of state law. " CVS has been scrambling to defend its ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards program since I recently reported that customers are being required to give up important federal privacy safeguards in return for up to $50 a year in store credits.
June 17, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed with the Obama administration Monday in yet another of its confrontations with Arizona, striking down a state law on voter registrations and ruling that states may not require new applicants to show proof of their citizenship. In a surprisingly lopsided 7-2 decision, the justices said the federal Motor Voter Act and its simple registration form sets the national standard for signing up new voters, and states are not free to add extra qualifications.
February 10, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Here's an idea for a new gun control law: How about immediately seizing the personal arsenal of a fired cop? Dishonorably discharged soldiers, after all, aren't allowed to own firearms. Why should dishonored cops? Like booted officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, who allegedly went on a vengeful killing rampage four years after being fired from the Los Angeles Police Department. Maybe, at least, Dorner should have been required to undergo psychological testing upon being sacked to determine whether he was mentally fit to own weapons.
March 3, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Mark A.R. Kleiman is out this week with the single most comprehensive look at the trend toward legalizing pot you're likely to find. He doesn't spend much space on the pros and cons of legalization -- almost anyone can tick those off on the fingers of both hands -- but on the right way to do it, and the wrong way. Short version: Colorado and Washington are doing it the wrong way, and the federal government's hands-off approach isn't making things...
April 12, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 200 federal law enforcement officers will help local police patrol the streets of the nation's capital, and when necessary, arrest those who break local laws. The FBI, National Zoological Park Police and U.S. Defense Protective Service have signed agreements with the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department giving federal officers the authority to patrol areas surrounding their jurisdictions.
October 15, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Gunmen attacked a federal law enforcement building in Lahore and a police academy on the outskirts of the city. Two people were killed at the Federal Investigation Agency, which deals with matters such as immigration and terrorism. Police said one wore a jacket laden with explosives. On the city outskirts, the Manawan Police Academy was attacked for the second time this year.
December 20, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has ended its oversight of a case involving Alhambra High and failure to comply with Title IX, the federal law regarding sex discrimination. The California Women's Law Center and Legal Aid Society-Employment Center brought the case, Cruz vs. Alhambra. Alhambra has since complied with terms of a settlement, building new softball fields and adding new teams for girls' athletics. "Alhambra High School's work in connection with this settlement shows that any high school in Californa can comply with Title IX, which has been law for over 40 years," said Elizabeth Kristen of the Legal Aid Society in a statement.
July 18, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Utah officials have agreed to disagree with the federal government over what many have called Washington's controversial intrusion in matters involving the Beehive State. On Wednesday, the state Legislature repealed a measure intended to limit federal land agencies' law enforcement powers. Legislators backed off after U.S. District Judge David Nuffer last month issued a preliminary injunction to block the law's passage. The case highlights sometimes-simmering tensions between the Obama administration and legislators in many Western states, who object to being told how to manage their law enforcement efforts and natural resources.
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