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August 24, 2004 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
A bill that would hike the minimum wage by 15% won final legislative approval Monday, but it is expected to have trouble finding favor with a governor who has made improving the state's business climate his top priority. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken no official position on the measure. His stance will depend on how the minimum wage bill would affect job creation in California, said spokeswoman Ashley Snee. Republican lawmakers and business groups are urging the governor to veto the bill.
June 17, 2007 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
A bill requiring that a translation of mortgage terms and conditions be provided in five languages other than English to borrowers who negotiate the loans in one of those languages cleared the California Assembly earlier this month. The measure, AB 512, requires all mortgage originators to provide a summary statement of the crucial loan terms in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese or Korean.
January 24, 2007
Re "A spanking ban: Are we gonna get it?" Jan. 20 Assemblywoman Sally Lieber's (D-Mountain View) proposed anti-spanking bill is a step in the right direction for our state. It's absurd that California (rightly) deems it a human rights violation if, for example, a teacher punishes preschoolers by making them walk silently with their hands placed on their heads, yet when a parent strikes their child it is considered "good old-fashioned discipline." Spanking teaches children fear and violence, and it is almost always motivated by a parent's own impulsive anger rather than any real desire to modify behavior.
January 23, 2007
WHO KNEW THAT in her spare time, Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D-Mountain View) has been glued to her television, riveted by episodes of "Supernanny"? On the program, British nanny Jo Frost marches into chaotic homes and teaches clueless, overwhelmed parents how to discipline their little hellions, kindly but firmly. (Frost never spanks.) The children eventually get straightened out, the parents eventually relax, and everyone is happy.
January 4, 2005 | Nancy Vogel and Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writers
On their first day of a new legislative session, Democratic lawmakers resumed a fight with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday by introducing a package of prescription drug bills he vetoed last year. They won't be the last bills revived in the coming year, Democratic leaders vowed. "We're not looking to counter" Schwarzenegger, said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles). "We're simply looking to define an agenda that makes it clear who we are and what we stand for....
September 17, 2004
There's no reason a car that's been passing smog checks all along shouldn't continue to do so, with proper maintenance and repair. Yet legislation passed seven years ago at the behest of car collectors exempted automobiles from the state's smog program when they turned 30. With cars lasting longer, that has meant increasing numbers of old clunkers each year, putting out a hugely disproportionate share of pollution. This was never a good idea, and it's time for it to end.
August 20, 2004 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
The state Senate on Thursday approved a two-step hike in the hourly minimum wage that would boost it to $7.75, the highest in the nation. The bill, which passed on a party-line vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate, is expected to win an easy final tally in the Assembly before going to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger next week. A Schwarzenegger spokeswoman said he hadn't taken a position on the measure. Business lobbyists said they were counting on the governor to kill the increase.
May 9, 2003 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
It is a crime that lurks in the shadows, largely underreported for the reason its victims are targeted in the first place: Beyond being vulnerable, they often are unable to communicate or even fully understand what has been done to them. Yet experts and advocates say sexual abuse has long been an epidemic among disabled people, who they estimate are four to 10 times more likely to be victimized than the general population. The physically disabled may not be able to resist an attack.
May 20, 2003 | Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writer
The state Assembly demanded Monday that a congressman from North Carolina resign as chairman of a homeland security subcommittee for suggesting that locking up about 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II was the right thing to do. The Assembly also demanded that Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) apologize for remarks he made in a Feb.
May 21, 2008
Every year, the California Chamber of Commerce puts out a list of "job-killer" bills that would supposedly devastate the state's economy. And every year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger takes this list far more seriously than it deserves; in 2007, he vetoed all 12 such bills that made it through the Legislature, and he has signed only three during his tenure. A repeat won't do any good for California. This year's list, released Monday, contains 33 bills.
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