California Assembly Advances Bills Reacting To Anti-Gay Plan

CBS Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Assembly on Tuesday approved legislation making it harder for citizens to propose extreme ballot initiatives following the outrage over a measure advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people.

The bills now headed to the Senate would increase the filing fee for ballot initiatives and add disclaimers about clearly unconstitutional measures.

The legislation’s supporters have said the proposal to authorize the killings of anyone who has gay sex highlights the need to overhaul California’s initiative system dating to the early 20th century.

Republican lawmakers said the proposed legislative fixes are an overreaction to a reprehensible measure that is virtually doomed to fail.

AB1100 by Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, would increase filing fees from $200 to $8,000 to reflect the costs of initial analysis. It passed 46-24 with opponents saying it would make it harder for citizens to serve as a check on their government.

AB884…

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Opposing for opposing’s sake

Homepaddock

Labour is opposing for opposing’s sake and in doing so shows it doesn’t know who its constituency is anymore.

Take the criticism of the government’s plan to sell public land in Auckland to help increase the supply of housing:

The Labour Party has accused the Government of planning to build on land that includes a power sub-station, pylons, a cemetery, a fire station and school playing fields. . .

There have been suggestions that children living near pylons have a greater risk of developing leukemia after a cluster of cases. However, that was thought to be a coincidence not the cause.

As for the rest of the land – why shouldn’t houses be built on playing fields if they’re surplus to the schools’ requirements and what’s wrong with living near a cemetery or fire station? Lots of people already do and how will they feel about Labour when it’s…

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Death Row Inmate’s Death Investigated As Suicide

CBS Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prison authorities say a San Quentin death row inmate’s death is being investigated as a suicide.

Michael Lamont Jones, 44, was pronounced dead Monday. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Jones was sentenced to death in 1991 by a Riverside County jury for the 1989 murder of Herman Weeks, 24, during the armed robbery of a Domino’s Pizza store.

Jones had been on death row since January 2, 1992.

Since 1978, which is when California reinstated capital punishment, more than 60 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, two dozen have committed suicide, about a dozen have been executed in California and seven have died from other causes.

There are 749 people on California’s death row.

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