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February 6, 1998 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Fair Political Practices Commission voted 4 to 1 Thursday to accept a staff recommendation calling for Assemblyman Jim Battin (R-La Quinta) to pay a $14,000 fine for violating campaign finance laws in 1995.
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March 24, 2004 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
A state senator who has received $1.3 million in campaign money from Indian tribes that own casinos is using his position to promote a ballot initiative that would permit unlimited expansion of tribal gambling. Using his legislative stationery, Sen. Jim Battin (R-La Quinta) has written to 2 million Californians, urging that they sign a petition to place the initiative on the November ballot.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1999
Re "Union Crushed Bid to Let State Prosecute Guards" (July 19) and the Assembly Public Safety Committee's choice to give full rein yet again to the judiciously generous prison guards' union: While I cannot believe that the people of California really want prison guards who literally get away with murder or a guards' union that dictates policy to the agency its members work for and the Legislature from which they derive their authority, I also see...
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June 20, 2003 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- A state senator who sought to become a paid public relations advisor to Indian gambling interests accused a tribal consultant Thursday of publicly disclosing his sales pitch -- and said he will be watching how the tribe handles the consultant. In an interview late in the day, Sen. Jim Battin (R-La Quinta) also said he had decided to drop plans to represent tribes in his private consulting business. He made the decision Thursday, the day his solicitation was reported in The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2003 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- A state senator who sought to become a paid public relations advisor to Indian gambling interests accused a tribal consultant Thursday of publicly disclosing his sales pitch -- and said he will be watching how the tribe handles the consultant. In an interview late in the day, Sen. Jim Battin (R-La Quinta) also said he had decided to drop plans to represent tribes in his private consulting business. He made the decision Thursday, the day his solicitation was reported in The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2004 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
A state senator who has received $1.3 million in campaign money from Indian tribes that own casinos is using his position to promote a ballot initiative that would permit unlimited expansion of tribal gambling. Using his legislative stationery, Sen. Jim Battin (R-La Quinta) has written to 2 million Californians, urging that they sign a petition to place the initiative on the November ballot.
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February 2, 1996 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tripped up by his own telephone number, an aide to Assemblyman Jim Battin (R-Palm Desert) was caught this week using a false name in attacking a Battin political rival in a local newspaper. Blaming "youth and inexperience rather than maliciousness," Battin suspended Chris Brown, who heads the assemblyman's district office, for two weeks without pay for a letter to the editor Brown wrote and signed "Jorge Rosa." The letter appeared in the Desert Sun of Palm Springs on Dec.
OPINION
June 24, 2003
Re "Tribal Lobbyist Revealed PR Pitch, Senator Alleges," June 20: State Sen. Jim Battin (R-La Quinta) is quoted as saying, "I just don't want my constituents to have reason to question my integrity.... " Too late, senator; at least one citizen of our state has, and you failed. Adding insult to the issue, the integrity-lacking senator then attempts to blame someone else for leaking his memo asking the tribes to hire him. Try as he might, the problem is his. Our problem is that the latest round of redistricting has probably assured the reelection of this unethical politician for another four years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday signed a bill that will increase fines for illegal dumping. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, increases the minimum penalty for illegal dumping of commercial quantities from $500 to $1,000, and the maximum from $4,000 to $10,000. The bill, by Assemblyman Russ Bogh (R-Cherry Valley) and Sen. Jim Battin (R-La Quinta), was prompted by increased illegal dumping in the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley.
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April 18, 1997 | Associated Press
At last, equal opportunity for boozing golfers. A bill passed Thursday by the California Assembly would let public golf courses sell liquor from an unlimited number of roving golf carts. A law that took effect this year allows only private golf courses to do so. The bill by Assemblyman Jim Battin (R-La Quinta) was sent to the Senate by a 54-17 vote. Department of Alcohol Beverage Control regulations now allow public courses to have two liquor-selling golf carts for an 18-hole course.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1999
Re "Union Crushed Bid to Let State Prosecute Guards" (July 19) and the Assembly Public Safety Committee's choice to give full rein yet again to the judiciously generous prison guards' union: While I cannot believe that the people of California really want prison guards who literally get away with murder or a guards' union that dictates policy to the agency its members work for and the Legislature from which they derive their authority, I also see...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1998 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Fair Political Practices Commission voted 4 to 1 Thursday to accept a staff recommendation calling for Assemblyman Jim Battin (R-La Quinta) to pay a $14,000 fine for violating campaign finance laws in 1995.
NEWS
February 2, 1996 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tripped up by his own telephone number, an aide to Assemblyman Jim Battin (R-Palm Desert) was caught this week using a false name in attacking a Battin political rival in a local newspaper. Blaming "youth and inexperience rather than maliciousness," Battin suspended Chris Brown, who heads the assemblyman's district office, for two weeks without pay for a letter to the editor Brown wrote and signed "Jorge Rosa." The letter appeared in the Desert Sun of Palm Springs on Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2003 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
The state may be tens of billions of dollars in the red, but every person who appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday walked away with something. Only, it wasn't funding for programs. It was a T-shirt. "I went to the Senate Appropriations Committee and all I got was this lousy T-shirt," said the red, white and blue shirts handed out by committee Chairwoman Dede Alpert (D-Coronado) and Vice Chairman Jim Battin (R-La Quinta).
NEWS
January 31, 2001
Background The state Legislature approved electricity deregulation with a unanimous vote in 1996. The move was expected to lower power bills in California by opening up the energy market to competition. Relatively few companies, however, entered that market to sell electricity, giving each that did considerable influence over the price. Meanwhile, demand has increased in recent years while no major power plants have been built.
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