California reduces penalties for knowingly infecting someone with HIV

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that reduces the crime from a felony to a misdemeanor

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill — authored by two openly homosexual legislators — that reduces the crime of a person knowingly infecting another person with HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor. The bill, SB 239, also removes the felony classification for intentionally donating AIDS-infected blood and makes it a misdemeanor. Penalties are … [Read more...]

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Catholic bishops weigh in on proposed bills

The California Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to let their voices be heard on a number of bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature

The California Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to let their voices be heard on a number of bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature this fall, including one — Assembly Bill 569 — the conference sees as a direct attack on religious freedom. The governor has until Oct. 15 to act on the bills. As the statewide Church’s public policy arm, the conference has highlighted … [Read more...]

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3 imprudent bills Jerry Brown should veto

SB 179, SB 219, and AB 569

Veteran California pro-family leader Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, has issued the following statement regarding three reckless bills passed by the California Legislature that Governor Jerry Brown should veto: SB 179: "Increasing identity fraud that burdens law enforcement, government agencies, and financial institutions is not good public policy. The … [Read more...]

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Jerry Brown opposes ‘abortion litmus test’ for Democrats

"It wasn't very long ago that a number of Catholic Democrats were opposed to abortion," notes California governor

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday said intelligence should be the deciding factor for Democratic Party candidates, suggesting that abortion as a litmus test would not be helpful nationwide. “Well, the litmus test should be intelligence, caring about, as Harry Truman or Roosevelt used to call it, the common man,” Brown told NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked by host … [Read more...]

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CA bishops like Jerry Brown’s cap and trade

See as in line with Pope Francis

The following comes from a July 21 release from the California Catholic Conference. The Legislature has officially recessed for the summer this week, but not before moving on a key piece of environmental legislation. On Monday, lawmakers gave a bi-partisan nod of approval to AB 398 (Garcia, D-Coachella), the extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program through the year … [Read more...]

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Gov. Jerry Brown issues Easter pardons and commutations

Among them was commutation of the sentence for a Los Angeles woman who was 18 when convicted of killing her newborn child

Continuing his tradition of considering the requests of felons for a second chance both at Christmas and Easter, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday issued 72 pardons and seven sentence commutations for crimes ranging from burglary to being an accomplice in a murder. The bulk of the actions by Brown, however, were for nonviolent drug crimes. Former prisoners who served time for those … [Read more...]

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Except for Planned Parenthood, bishops’ spokesman lauds California governor

"We stand ready to help Gov. Brown and our elected officials where we can to protect the vulnerable, enhance the common good and promote respectful engagement amongst all Californians”

Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued this statement today following California Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech this morning: “Solidarity with our immigrant neighbors, compassion for the less fortunate, respect for one another and care for “Our Common Home,” as Pope Francis calls it, are values all of us as … [Read more...]

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