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California bill would bar jail time for minors in truancy cases

A bill that would prohibit the jailing of minors who habitually skip school passed a legislative hurdle in California on Tuesday amid a wave of measures aimed at offering second chances to offenders in the most populous U.S. state. The bill is designed to close a loophole that allows students…

California bill would ban fundraising bashes at lobbyists’ homes

Battered by scandals, lawmakers in California on Monday moved forward on a bill banning lobbyists from throwing lavish fundraising parties at their homes for candidates and elected officials. The bill, which passed the state senate unanimously, is one of several measures introduced in the wake of the scandals, which include…