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August 19 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 19, 2016
Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gun advocates sue California over open-carry restrictions

In response to a federal appeals court’s decision to uphold California’s restrictions on carrying concealed handguns, firearms advocates are suing the state for the right to carry their weapons openly in public. In California, law-abiding adults “are completely barred from exercising their right to bear arms — in any manner,” the California Rifle & Pistol Association, joined by four individual gun owners, said in a suit filed Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles.
-- San Francisco Chronicle

 

California lawmakers advance bill to decriminalize prostitution for minors

A controversial bill that would decriminalize prostitution for minors squeezed out of the California Assembly on Thursday and is now headed back to the Senate for a final vote. SB 1322, authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), would make the crimes of solicitation and loitering with intent to commit prostitution misdemeanors inapplicable to children younger than 18.
 -- Los Angeles Times

 

Legalizing marijuana in California: Proposition 64 is complicated, but highly likely to pass

I know you’ve been distracted/disgusted/gobsmacked by the presidential campaign all summer. But history, polling and common sense tell us that California’s electoral votes already belong to Hillary Clinton (sorry, Donald Trump fans). So stop wasting time worrying about that, Golden State types, and turn your attention to the doorstop of a ballot that you’ll be facing when you vote Nov. 8.
 -- Los Angeles Times

 

Sacramento debating felony status for prosecutorial misconduct

California lawmakers are getting closer to passing a bill that would throw the book at prosecutors who withhold evidence in criminal trials. Assembly Bill 1909 (Lopez) would make prosecutorial misconduct a felony, instead of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to three years in jail.
 -- 89.3 KPCC

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