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July 10, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Senate on Thursday approved and sent to the Assembly a bill by state Sen. Quentin Kopp (I-San Francisco) that would offer Death Row convicts the choice of being executed by fatal injection or lethal gas. Assembly Speaker Willie Brown has predicted that the legislation will win approval in the Assembly, where Democrats are no longer expected to kill bills relating to the death penalty.
January 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
Responding to a series of court decisions on a lawsuit in Orange County, the state Senate on Thursday voted to give older employees more protection against employers who try to replace them with younger, lower-paid workers. By a 22-8 vote, the upper house sent the Assembly a bill that would bar an employer from firing, demoting or refusing to hire a worker over age 40 simply because a younger employee could do the job for less money.
June 10, 1992 | Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee, trying to reduce court challenges of death penalties, voted Tuesday to give condemned prisoners a choice between lethal injection and the gas chamber. By 6-0 votes, the panel approved two bills designed to head off claims like the one raised before the execution of Robert Alton Harris in April--that killing inmates in the state's gas chamber is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment.
October 3, 1991
A bill by State Sen. Quentin Kopp (I-San Francisco) that would offer some relief to libraries now forced to pay sales tax on periodical purchases was signed late Tuesday by Gov. Pete Wilson. The law will exempt sales tax charges for nonprofit organizations that purchase magazines that either contain no commercial advertising or that are printed by a nonprofit group, such as Science magazine from the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science.
July 8, 1995
Downey Municipal Court is one of four in the state that is participating in a new pilot program to speed evictions through court. Under the program, which started this week, delinquent tenants fighting eviction will have about two weeks to deposit a half-month's rent with the court during a special hearing if they wish to fight their eviction in a trial.
April 11, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday killed legislation that would have cut off the salaries of legislators and the governor for each day that approval of the state budget was delayed beyond the June 15 constitutional deadline. The proposed constitutional amendment by Sen. Quentin L. Kopp (I-San Francisco), similar versions of which have been scuttled in the past, died for lack of a motion to approve it.
December 27, 1995 | From Associated Press
Specialty license plates for cars are a hit with motorists and the groups that benefit from their sales, but not with police officers. A state task force studying special interest plates found that about three-quarters of the officers surveyed statewide believe that California should have only one license plate design. The survey determined that nearly all officers find the regular state vehicle license plate the easiest to read.
February 17, 1995
"I feel the problem in Orange County must be dealt with by the Board of Supervisors. They are the elected officials. They are the policy-makers, and I find it absolutely crazy (to) . . . think that the Board of Supervisors could sit there over the years and not have control over their employees." --Sen. Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley) * "We believe that the Orange County financial collapse and bankruptcy filing resulted from nothing really short of a reckless abuse of public trust. . . .
May 12, 1994
Sen. Quentin L. Kopp (I-San Francisco) is to be congratulated for sponsoring legislation that enables public scrutiny of the local legislative process (March 29). I wish he had included the requirement to record the minutes of closed sessions of city council meetings and retain those minutes for a prudent period of time, before making them public. Residents of Rolling Hills Estates have long suffered the effects of good-old-boy back-scratching cronyism in our local government. Back-room deals, questionable closed session council meetings and secret committee negotiations resulted in what I feel is an inappropriate expenditure of $1.4 million of county funds earmarked for Rolling Hills Estates.
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