BILL MANDATES QUICK REPORTING OF LOST, STOLEN GUNS: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gun owners would have to report stolen or missing firearms to authorities within 48 hours of discovering them gone under a bill approved by the state Assembly.
The bill by Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord is supported by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the California Police Chiefs Association. Those groups say stolen guns are a source of arms for criminals and must be tracked.
The Assembly approved SB1366 on a 45-24 party-line vote Wednesday, sending it back to the Senate for concurrence.
Republican lawmakers say the bill is unrealistic for owners who keep firearms in remote cabins or hunting blinds, or who are preoccupied after a burglary.
Opponents say the requirement might deter gun owners from reporting thefts if they realize the reporting deadline has passed.
PENSION PLANS URGED TO INVEST IN CALIF. PROJECTS: SACRAMENTO (AP) — A bill being sent to the governor encourages the state's major public pension funds to put a priority on California projects when deciding where to place money for infrastructure investments.
SB955 asks the California Public Employees Retirement System and California State Teachers Retirement System to invest in California projects over comparable ones in other states. It passed the Senate on 36-0 vote Wednesday.
The projects would have to conform to the boards' regular fiduciary standards.
The bill's authors, Democratic Sens. Fran Pavley and Michael Rubio, say the legislation will provide a foundation for job growth at a time of high unemployment.
CalPERS has plans to invest up to $800 million in infrastructure projects, while CalSTRS has pledged to invest up to $650 million.
BILL WOULD END LAWMAKERS' DISCOUNTED VANITY PLATES: SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Assembly has sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that ends discounted vanity license plates for current and retired lawmakers.
The Assembly unanimously approved AB2068 by Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino on Wednesday.
Currently, members of the state Legislature and California's congressional delegation can get personalized license plates for $12. The fee for the general public is $48.
The lawmakers also do not have to pay annual registration fees.
Portantino's bill would make lawmakers pay the same amount as the public for personalized plates and adds a $38 annual renewal fee.
The state estimates the fees will generate less than $30,000 a year. Portantino, of La Canada-Flintridge, says it's important to end special treatment for lawmakers.
BILL EXTENDS LAW FORCING TREATMENT OF MENTALLY ILL: SACRAMENTO (AP) — State lawmakers have sent the governor an extension of a law that allows courts to force people with mental illness into treatment.
AB1569 extends Laura's Law, which is set to expire next year, until 2017. The decade-old law allows courts to mandate treatment for people with severe mental illness and a history of violence.
Democratic Assemblyman Mike Allen of Santa Rosa said he sponsored the extension because Laura's Law is a necessary tool. Fellow Democratic Assemblyman Wes Chesbro argued that the state should instead fully fund voluntary mental health programs.
The extension passed the Assembly 61-3 Wednesday.
The law is named for teenager Laura Wilcox, who was shot to death in Nevada City by a man with untreated schizophrenia. Counties decide individually whether to implement it.
ASSEMBLY URGES CONGRESS TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS: SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Assembly has passed a resolution urging Congress to revive a federal ban on assault weapons in the wake of recent mass shootings.
The resolution passed Wednesday on 50-24 vote, without Republican support. It was introduced in early August by Democratic Assemblyman Mike Feuer of Los Angeles, weeks after a July 20 shooting in a Colorado theater that left 12 dead and 58 injured.
The Federal Assault Weapons Ban passed in 1994 but expired in 2004 after lawmakers did not reauthorize it. The resolutions supporters' credit the ban for a drop in crime involving assault weapons.
Opponents say a ban would restrict firearms used for legitimate reasons. Resolutions merely state a legislative chamber's intent.
California is among several states with laws banning certain assault weapons.