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February 22, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Some Arizona business owners, still smarting from boycotts launched after the state passed a sweeping anti-illegal-immigration law, are trying to fend off a possible backlash from a new piece of legislation that has the gay community and its supporters in an uproar. Some businesses have taken to social media, saying that even if the bill does become law, they will welcome LGBT customers. The bill, approved by the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday and the GOP-led House on Thursday, is designed to bolster a business owner's right to refuse service to gays and others if the owner believes doing so violates the practice and observance of his or her religion.
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OPINION
December 27, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Uganda's deplorable Anti-Homosexuality Bill has reappeared periodically for consideration by its parliament, but until now it has always been withdrawn or placed on the back burner. Last week, however, it failed to disappear; instead, it was approved and awaits the president's signature. That's very bad news. It is already illegal in Uganda for men to engage in sexual relations with other men. But the proposed law strengthens and clarifies the prohibition, setting a 14-year jail term for a first conviction and "imprisonment for life for the offense of aggravated homosexuality," according to a government statement.
WORLD
December 19, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of 26 senators Thursday introduced legislation calling for tough new Iran sanctions that the White House warned could deal a death blow to upcoming negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program. Despite frantic lobbying by the White House, a group that includes top Democrats introduced a measure that would tighten economic sanctions on Iran if it doesn't cooperate in the upcoming talks, and also sets a minimum requirement for a final deal to curb the nation's nuclear development activities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Lots of gun rumblings. The blood keeps spilling. And the carnage spreads. Start with the LAX shootings. The gun used by the government-hater to kill a checkpoint screener and wound three others? It was the type of firearm that would have been banned from the California market under legislation vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Not that it would have mattered for Gerardo Hernandez, 39, the TSA agent who was murdered. The bill would not have taken effect until Jan. 1. And Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, the disgruntled, alleged assassin, could have kept his semiautomatic rifle by registering it. And, yes, he also could have armed himself with a handgun and probably inflicted the same damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and Laura J. Nelson
Despite a threatened veto, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday is expected to consider challenging a state decision to legalize app-based ride-sharing companies. The California Public Utilities Commission acted last month to create a new regulatory scheme for firms such as Lyft, UberX and Sidecar to legally compete with taxis for customers. The so-called "transportation network companies" will be required to obtain permits, perform background checks and create driver training programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - One thing I don't get: If people kill people - guns don't - why is it OK for a perpetually drunken person to own a gun? Gov. Jerry Brown thinks it is. A drunk with a gun is double-barreled trouble. Studies show that a gun owner with one misdemeanor conviction - such as a DUI - is five times more likely to commit a violent crime with a firearm than a gunner with no prior arrest record, according to Garen Wintemute, director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday approved safeguards for minors accused of crimes and vetoed a probe of spikes in gas prices, wrapping up action on a wide range of bills this year that will expand healthcare, help low-wage workers and protect the environment. When the ink dried on about 900 proposals lawmakers had sent him, down from nearly 1,000 last year, the governor had accepted all but about 11% of them - the lowest rejection rate of his current term. "This is the most generous Jerry that we have seen by far," said Jaime Regalado, professor emeritus of political science at Cal State L.A. Brown approved almost all major bills from fellow Democrats, Regalado noted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO--Gov. Jerry Brown  on Saturday vetoed a bill a that would have expanded the availability of condoms in state prisons. The measure, by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), would have required the state corrections department to develop a five-year plan to make condoms available in every California prison. Supporters of the measure argued that distributing condoms would help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among inmates, who have higher rates of HIV/AIDS infection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown cracked down on sex offenders who disarm their electronic trackers while on parole, signing legislation Saturday requiring that they stay in jail once they are caught. Some counties with severely crowded jails have freed such offenders almost immediately after detaining them for tampering with the GPS devices, a Times investigation found this year. The bill Brown approved requires that the offenders be sentenced to 180 days and serve their entire parole revocation in jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 | By Ashley Powers and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have given some childhood sex abuse victims more time to file lawsuits, after a heated opposition campaign led by the Catholic Church that stretched from Capitol hallways to Los Angeles church pews. In an unusually detailed three-page veto message released Saturday, the Democratic governor, a former Jesuit seminarian, said the bill raised questions of equal treatment of public and private employers. Pointing to a centuries-long tradition of limiting the period when legal claims can be filed, Brown said institutions should feel secure that "past acts are indeed in the past and not subject to further lawsuits.
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