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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Assemblymember Nora Campos, D-San Jose, released this statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal:
“Governor Brown has shown true leadership in putting California on a sound fiscal footing – and deserves credit for a job well done. Today, the governor has once again proposed a budget that seeks to balance the need for long-term fiscal prudence with investments in schools and infrastructure.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ever mindful that the next economic downturn could be right around the corner, Gov. Jerry Brown released a record $113 billion California spending plan on Friday that resists calls for expanding social services and instead dedicates billions for paying down debt and saving for a rainy day.
"We saw the boom and the bust, and I'm trying to avoid that," Brown said in unveiling his new budget proposal at the state Capitol. He will work with lawmakers in the coming months to pass a final version in June.
It was a good week for the 90 students at Merritt Trace Elementary School in San Jose who climbed into a mobile eye exam van and emerged with the promise of a free pair of eyeglasses. But for thousands of students across the state who need glasses but don’t have them, it was another blurry week of not seeing the blackboard or the letters in a book.
Effective Jan. 1, two new state laws will clarify and expand the protocol for mandatory vision screening of students, but they don’t address the crux of a major children’s health conundrum: ensuring that students who fail the vision test actually get eyeglasses.
SACRAMENTO -- The state lawmakers who gathered in Sacramento Monday to see newly elected members sworn in had a different look from the group before November's election -- there were fewer Democrats.
Political scandals that unfolded earlier this year cost the party its two-thirds supermajority grip on the Senate. Last month, Democrats lost a few key Assembly races, unexpectedly eliminating the party's supermajority in the lower house, too.
Local police forces’ militarization would be curtailed on the ground and in the air, under bills introduced Monday by a South Bay lawmaker.
Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose, introduced a bill that would forbid local law enforcement agencies from buying surplus military equipment without public input and approval from their local elected governing body, like a city council or a county board of supervisors.
With a room full of freshly sworn-in state legislators looking back at her, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, offered a few hints on Monday of how this incoming legislative class will differ from those who have governed California in years past.
The man Atkins heralded as the longest-tenured “dean” of the Assembly – Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles – was elected in 2010. He is 40 years old. Atkins later instructed new members on the mechanics of voting.
Aiming to close a legal loophole that allowed L.A. Unified attorneys to argue that a 14-year-old girl could consent to sex with her teacher, a state assemblywoman introduced a bill Monday that would bar that defense in civil cases.
Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose) said she was outraged when she learned that the district successfully used the argument to combat claims for financial compensation filed last year by the girl. The student said she suffered emotional trauma after her then-teacher at Edison Middle School in Los Angeles lured her into sex for several months four years ago.
California’s civil code would say that teenagers must be at least 18 to consent to sex under a bill Assemblywoman Nora Campos said she plans to introduce Monday, the Legislature’s first day of the 2015-16 session.
The state’s criminal code already says 18 is the age of consent, but a recent civil case in which the Los Angeles Unified School District argued that a 14-year-old girl consented to have sex with her 28-year-old teacher prompted Campos to call for a change.