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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Ricardo Lara
Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.
Drought and water issues will play a prominent role in this year's legislative session as most of California is dealing with the consequences of one of the driest periods on record.
A state senator on Thursday proposed repealing Proposition 227, the 16-year-old law that banned most bilingual education in public schools.
Immigrants living in the country illegally would be able to buy health insurance through the state of California under a bill introduced by a state senator.
The state Senate is targeting a Southern California battery recycling facility that has operated for 32 years without a final permit.
A California lawmaker wants to use a state version of the Affordable Care Act to provide health care access to immigrants who are in the state illegally.
A House bill being introduced Thursday seeks to protect the religious freedom of individuals, institutions and businesses that are increasingly being punished or harassed for their beliefs on marriage.
California lawmakers declined Thursday to pass a bill to strip Boy Scouts of America and other "discriminatory" youth groups of their tax-exemption status.
A California bill that could strip tax-exempt status from Little League, the Boy Scouts of America and other "discriminatory" nonprofit youth-serving groups could come up for a final vote this week.
California senators introduced a bill on Thursday that would strip the Boy Scouts of America of its tax-exempt status in the state.
The California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would revoke the Boy Scouts' nonprofit status because the group does not allow openly gay adults to join.
California legislators are mulling a plan to take away tax benefits that help the Boy Scouts, citing the justification that groups that don't allow gay, transgender or atheist members shouldn't receive help.
The future of the Boy Scouts is on the line. Left-wing activists have made overturning the youth organization's traditional values a priority, and the national leadership will decide in May whether to cave to the pressure and celebrate homosexuality as a moral value for the nation's boys.
Scouting organizations in California that bar open homosexuals as leaders and members could lose their state tax-exempt status if a new bill is enacted.
"There's no question that recent events are testing the public's faith in how our government does its work," Lara said. "We need to restore the public trust."
"English will always remain the official language of California, but we cannot ignore the growing need to have a multilingual workforce," said Lara, whose district includes many Spanish-speaking immigrants.