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.
A federal judge has ruled California’s death penalty is unconstitutional.
The primary election recount for California State Controller is prompting legislation to reform the state’s recount procedures.
The drought could damage California’s economy to the tune of $2.2 billion this year, according to a new study.
A delegation of California lawmakers, including Senate President Darrell Steinberg, is traveling through Central America this week meeting with dignitaries from the region.
The Internet has an increasing influence on society and now it wants more influence on legislation.