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  • Smoking and vaping bills in Sacramento flirt with trampling rights

    Smoking and vaping bills in Sacramento flirt with trampling rights
    Sometimes, it's good to be unfriendly. California's hostility toward smoking — it was the first to ban smoking in public indoor spaces, and many municipalities have made it illegal in certain outdoor venues as well — has helped give the state the second-lowest smoking rate in the nation (behind Utah).
  • Ditch the school reserve cap

    Ditch the school reserve cap
    Despite broad bipartisan support, legislation to repeal an onerous cap on school district reserve funds didn't have much of a chance in the Democrat-controlled California Legislature. The bill by Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) died in the...

    California needs a right-to-die law

    California needs a right-to-die law
    Much-needed and long-overdue legislation that would allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives peacefully and painlessly got off to a promising start earlier this year, passing two Senate committees and winning approval on the Senate floor....

    The problems with peremptory challenges to jurors

    The problems with peremptory challenges to jurors
    The best-known problem with peremptory challenges — a lawyer's dismissal of a prospective juror without a stated cause — may be that too often there actually is a cause, and it's an improper one. For example, lawyers have used their no-stated-...

    Immigration reform: 'The California Package'

    Immigration reform: 'The California Package'
    While the federal government stalls on immigration reform, some states have begun acting on their own. Much attention in the last decade has focused on Republican-dominated areas that have tightened enforcement. Meanwhile, more quietly, California moved...