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California Lawmakers Wade Through Dozens Of Bills

Max Pringle / CPRN
 

Max Pringle / CPRN

California lawmakers plowed through dozens of bills Friday as they head into the final week of the session. One of the bills would encourage police to check the federal firearm registry before conducting a "welfare check" on someone the family thinks may be dangerous. That one’s now headed to the Governor.

The Senate passed a bill that would direct police crime labs to process DNA rape kits in a timely manner. That bill now goes back to the Assembly for a final vote.

State Senator Kevin De León says Los Angeles was able to make its streets safer after processing old kits.

“L.A. has cleared its backlog and identified serial rapists, solved dozens of cold cases and even arrested a serial murderer,” he says.

The Senate passed another bill that would require school districts to report frequent absences to the state. Backers say truancy leads to delinquency. That bill goes back to the Assembly for a final vote.

Meanwhile, the legislature passed a bill that would mandate that all major California airports provide private rooms for mothers to breastfeed their babies. That bill is going to the Governor.