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September 19, 2012
Jerry Brown signs bill targeting abuses of disability access law

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation designed to limit what advocates say is an abuse of disability access lawsuits, his office said this afternoon.

Senate Bill 1186, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Republican Sen. Bob Dutton of Rancho Cucamonga, will reduce potential damages for disability access violations from a minimum of $4,000 to as little as $1,000 if the defendant corrects violations quickly.

The bill would also bar lawyers from issuing pre-litigation "demands for money" and regulate complaints involving construction-related violations.

September 19, 2012
Sacramento judge, Troy L. Nunley, gets confirmation hearing

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Troy L. Nunley is an important step closer to serving on the federal bench, as he easily handled his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing Wednesday morning.

The Senate Republicans who have resisted other judicial nominees, particularly to powerful appellate courts, raised no objections to Nunley's nomination to serve as a Sacramento-based judge in the Eastern District of California. Following the usual make-no-waves confirmation script, Nunley joined four other judicial nominees Wednesday in assuring the few senators present that moderation would guide decision-making.

September 19, 2012
Dan Walters Daily: Jerry Brown signs (another) workers' comp bill

VIDEO: Dan says Tuesday's workers' comp bill signing was a once-a-decade exercise at the Capitol.

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See other Dan Walters Daily clips here.

September 19, 2012
AM Alert: Obama's lead grows in California

Dan Walters discusses the workers compensation legislation Gov. Jerry Brown just signed.

Californians seem to like President Barack Obama more as the election draws nearer. A Field Poll released today shows Californians favor the president over Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 24 points - compared to an 18 point lead Obama enjoyed in the state in July. Obama is ahead in every region of California, poll results show, except one: the Central Valley. Here in California's heartland, the candidates are tied at 48 percent. Read the Bee's story on the poll here. Find Capitol Alert's exclusive statistical tabulations here.

Potential changes to California's "three strikes" law are the focus of a joint hearing today of the Senate and Assembly public safety committees. Legislators will hear testimony about Proposition 36, which would change the "three strikes" law so offenders could be sentenced to life in prison only if their third felony is serious or violent. Mike Reynolds, author of the Three Strikes law and chairman of the No on Three Strikes campaign will be there, as will Michael Romano, director of Stanford's Three Strikes Project.

Controller John Chiang will be featured in a Public Policy Institute of California discussion today about pension reform. The talk in San Francisco will be broadcast live online at 12:20 p.m. Also scheduled to speak: Assemblyman Michael Allen, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Mark Baldassare, president of the Public Policy Institute of California.


Capitol Alert Staff

Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee.

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. Twitter: @ccadelago

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert.

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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