In a case that sparked outrage, a defense psychologist last year convinced a Texas judge that a teenage drunk driver, who killed four people, should get probation instead of prison time because he had an overly indulgent upbringing.
Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto says his bill would even the playing field for sentencing in cases like this.
“The wealthy will always be able to afford better lawyers,” says Gatto. “But there are certain things we can change. The laws can be made to knock out some of these defenses that are a little hard for us to believe.”
If the bill passes, it would make California the first state to ban the so-called “affluenza” court defense.
The Assembly Rules Committee has passed the bill on to the Public Safety Committee.
Railroads plan to increase their shipments of crude oil by train throughout California. One lawmaker wants to make sure emergency planners can protect communities from potential train accidents.
A state board postponed a vote Wednesday that could potentially put the gray wolves on the endangered species in California.
Covered California released final enrollment numbers today after a 6 month sign-up period.
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is throwing the full weight of his office behind his push for a new state budget reserve by calling the legislature into special session next week. Republicans say he’ll have to strengthen his proposal to win their support.
Tea party members in California spent Tax Day trying to send a message to the government.