“Spot” bills, “placeholders” or “intent” bills are pieces of legislation that aren’t yet legislation. They await amendments that will convert them into “real” legislation. Their language is usually boilerplate and, nearly always, features the word, “intent,” since, properly, the bills don’t change law, they merely express a future desire to do so.    Read more »
From the Capitol Morning Report:
SACRAMENTO – Senator Michael J. Rubio issued the following statement this morning:
“As many of you know, a little over a year ago I decided not to run for the United States Congress to meet the needs of my growing family. My time serving since then has been a blessing, but it has also been a challenge.    Read more »
“Feeling begets feelings and great feelings beget great feelings,” said Gov. Jerry Brown in his January State of the State speech, quoting Oliver Wendell Holmes.
The Democratic governor used the line in relation to public education:
“I salute the teachers and the students, the parents and the college presidents, the whole school community.    Read more »
The Food and Drug Administration does not define or regulate use of the words “natural or “all natural.” Neither has any nutritional meaning.
That’s a big deal becuase “natural” is the most frequently used claim on new U.S. food products and “natural” foods constituted a roughly $22 billion industry in 2008, according to a July 2012 George Washington Law School essay by Erik Benny.    Read more »
Strong emotions — positive or negative — can kill.
Grief, excitement, fear, ecstasy can cause cardiac arrest from ventricular fibrillation.
(See “Can a Person Be Scared To Death?” in the January 30, 2009 edition of Scientific American.)    Read more »
The Assemblyman from Hesperia wants Californians to tell him whether he should enter the fray of the 2014 gubernatorial election for a chance to be thrashed by whomever the Democrats nominate. Despite being posted on Facebook, the following is unlikely to resonate with enough of the California’s 3.7 million regitstered independent voters — even more by the time the eleciton rolls around — who now are the key to statewide elections.    Read more »
Dickinson Introduces Legislation to Ban the Sale of Animals at Swap Meets and Flea Markets
Sacramento – The sale of animals at swap meets and flea markets would be prohibited under legislation introduced February 13 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, a Sacramento Democrat.
Dickinson’s legislation, AB 339, seeks to prevent the suffering of animals, protect consumers, and eliminate the public health and safety risks and potential threats of disease outbreaks associated with such sales.    Read more »
In the immortal words of Gov. Jerry Brown during his first eight years as California’s chief executive: “Less is more.”
Labor Chair Roger Hernández Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Roger Hernandez released the following statement on the President’s State of the Union Address:
“I welcome President Obama’s enthusiasm and energy in creating new jobs in our nation.    Read more »
A “Politics on Tap” That Could Have Lasted Many Hours Longer If It Catalogued All The Amazing Things To See in California. Assemblyman Ken Cooley of Rancho Cordova, H.D. Palmer of the Department of Finance and Caroline Beteta, head of the California Travel & Tourism Commission    Read more »
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