SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Latest on action by the California Legislature (all times local):
Gov. Jerry Brown will decide whether to eliminate California’s 10-year time limit to bring rape and child molestation charges after several women were precluded from bringing cases against actor Bill Cosby.
A measure the Senate approved unanimously Tuesday evening would apply only to crimes committed in the future. It would not allow Cosby’s accusers to seek prosecution for sexual assault they say he committed decades ago.
Cosby has repeatedly denied the allegations made by dozens of women around the country.
Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino says victims should always have the opportunity to seek justice after such violent acts.
Civil rights groups and public offenders opposed SB813, saying the bill does not address the root causes of victims failing to report sex crimes.
California senators are rejecting a campaign finance disclosure bill after Republicans and the state’s political watchdog said it would weaken rather than strengthen transparency laws.
AB700 by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles would require independent political groups to disclose major contributors on their advertisements.
Republican Assemblyman Jeff Stone of Temecula says the bill has a loophole that benefits unions. And the Fair Political Practices Commission says recent changes would raise the standard for proving certain campaign finance violations, making it nearly impossible to enforce the law.
Democratic Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica says the legislation would be a major improvement over existing law.
The measure fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority it needed in the Senate on Tuesday, though it could be reconsidered Wednesday.
Lawmakers are acquiescing to a judge’s order and agreeing to make video footage of their meetings available for public use.
The proposal would put Assembly videos in the public domain, allowing people to use film of floor debates and committee hearings for political or commercial purposes.
The Assembly passed AB884 in a 76-1 vote Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The move comes two months after a federal judge ruled in favor of the Firearms Policy Coalition. It had sued to use lawmakers’ speeches supporting gun-control bills in campaign advertisements.
U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. in Sacramento issued a preliminary injunction barring Attorney General Kamala Harris from enforcing a law against using the videos.
Harris had argued releasing the videos could stifle debate or harm the legislative process.
California lawmakers want California State University to do a better job of graduating students on time.
Democratic Sen. Steve Glazer of Orinda says his bill would help students graduate in four years, or two years if they’re transferring from community colleges. He says the CSU schools have abysmal graduation rates, with fewer than 10 percent of students earning a degree within four years at some campuses.
The Senate unanimously sent SB412 to Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday.
It would require extra academic counseling and priority class selection for students who commit to taking 15 credits per semester.
CSU would offer the enhanced benefits to a limited number of students through a program called California Promise. It would roll out on eight campuses in 2017 and 15 the following year.
California lawmakers are seeking to crack down on bad actors in the workers’ compensation system following a report that an estimated $1 billion has been embezzled from the state program.
Lawmakers passed a proposal to suspend hospitals, doctors and other medical practitioners from the system if they have been convicted of any wrongdoing related to health care fraud.
The Assembly voted 69-0 on Tuesday to send AB1244 to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
The Center for Investigative Reporting found that some doctors scam the system by performing unnecessary procedures.
State and federal prosecutors say in the report that gaps in state oversight compromise the system and that state agencies currently have little means to pressure care providers.
Lawmakers are asking Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to expand California’s ban on smoking in public places to include beaches, parks and college campuses.
Senators voted 26-10 to pass SB1333. It would make it an infraction to smoke cigars, cigarettes or electronic cigarettes at state parks and beaches, but exempt state-commissioned movies.
Lawmakers also passed a second Democratic proposal Tuesday, this one banning tobacco use on all California State University and community college campuses. AB1594 passed the Assembly 45-23.
Supporters aim to mitigate the harmful effects of nicotine and secondhand smoke.
Brown signed several smoking restrictions earlier this year. They include bills that raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, push for all charter schools to be tobacco free and expand workplaces that must be ban tobacco.
California would take steps to protect janitors from sexual abuse under a bill lawmakers are sending to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
The proposal from Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego would require janitors and their supervisors to complete sexual harassment training every two years beginning in 2019.
It would also establish a system to register and publish online a list of janitorial businesses that follow the law.
Unregistered businesses could be fined up to $10,000 and anyone who contracts with them could be fined up to $25,000.
The bill responds to a 2015 PBS feature that investigated pervasive sexual assault in the janitorial industry. The series, Rape on the Night Shift , was based in California.
Labor unions praised AB1978’s passage after the Assembly voted 60-7 to pass it Tuesday.
California lawmakers are reversing their previous vote and approving a bill to give residents near Aliso Canyon and other victims of man-made pollution an extra year to sue for relief.
The proposal heading to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown would extend the deadline from the current two years to three years after a person becomes aware of a related injury.
It also says news reports of pollution do not start that clock.
Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles says his AB2748 would help Southern California residents affected by the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak and by a shuttered lead-battery recycling facility.
The Assembly initially defeated the proposal in May.
It has since been amended to exempt government entities from the change.
The Assembly passed it on a 46-19 vote Tuesday.