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The following article was posted on June 24th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 16 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 16

Political Watch 6/26/14

• The California Department of Conservation (DOC) released a revised version of proposed regulations of well stimulation treatment of oil and gas production on June 13. The revised version is available on the website, conservation.ca.gov, and a 45-day public comment period will close on July 28. Before then, the DOC will hold five public comment hearings around the state. The rules are a direct result of the passage of Senate Bill 4, which outlines reporting requirements, environmental responsibilities, and how to be a good neighbor for oil companies practicing well stimulation in California. The new regulations are scheduled to go into effect in January 2015. A public comment hearing will be held in Santa Maria on July 15 in the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors’ chambers, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, from 4 to 7 p.m.

• Civil right’s groups and children’s protective groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, oppose a bill recently passed by the California Senate that toughens the penalties for juveniles who commit sex crimes, according to the Sacramento Bee. Senate Bill 838, dubbed “Audrie’s Law,” after a 15-year-old assault victim who committed suicide, would mandate two years of incarceration for a violation. The Bee reports that the bill stalled in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on June 17 due to concerns about the measure being a major change in juvenile criminal law. The bill’s author, state Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), introduced it in response to the suicide of Saratoga high school student Audrie Pott, who was assaulted while unconscious after drinking at a party. The three 16-year-olds involved in the assault were each given just a few weeks in juvenile detention, the Bee said. Beall’s law would expand juvenile sex offenses to include sex with an unconscious or disabled person, make circulating photos of sex crime victims via the Internet or social media a crime, and require two-year mandatory terms.

• U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) recently introduced updated domestic violence legislation aimed at reducing and preventing gun violence. The Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act would close loopholes that currently exist in federal protections against gun violence for people experiencing domestic violence and stalking.