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California Legislative Leaders Back State 'Sleeper Hold' Ban

SACRAMENTO — California's Assembly speaker and other key lawmakers on Monday backed making it illegal statewide for police to use a type of neck hold that blocks the flow of blood to the brain, a proposal that appears to go beyond any other state. Major law enforcement groups did not...

How Powerful Lawmakers are Killing California Bills—Without a Peep

Gun control, school spending, curbs on greenhouse gases: With Democrats holding more power at the Capitol than they’ve had since the 19th century, California’s legislative pipeline is full this year with big, blue-state ideas. In theory, no Democrat’s bill should be left behind. But that’s not what’s happening, and the...

Assembly Speaker Rendon Troubled by Arambula's Child Abuse Arrest

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) broke his silence on the child abuse arrest this week of Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno). The speaker wants the full legal process to play out before deciding if action is warranted. “The allegation made against Assemblymember Arambula is troubling and warrants full investigation. As I’ve...