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The following article was posted on August 26th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 25 [ Submit a Story ]
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Political Watch 8/28/14

• The Lompoc Valley Democratic Club is holding its annual Labor Day picnic on Aug. 31 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hibbits Ranch. Confirmed speakers include Heidi Harmon, candidate for State Assembly. Candidates and elected officials who support issues such as workers rights and pay equity have also been invited. For reservations or more information, call 291-3007. Hibbits Ranch is located at 1251 E. Highway 246 in Lompoc.

• A bill by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to prohibit forced or coerced sterilizations in prisons passed off the Senate floor on Aug. 19 and headed to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. SB 1135 was penned in response to media reports from the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting about unlawful and coercive sterilization of female inmates occurring as late as 2010 in the Central California Women’s Facility and Valley State Prison for Women. The bill would add a section to the penal code prohibiting sterilizations in correctional facilities for the purposes of birth control unless a patient’s life is in danger or the procedure is necessary to treat a medical condition. In addition, a second—independent—physician will have to consult with the patient about the procedure before it happens. “It’s clear that we need to do more to make sure that forced or coerced sterilizations never again occur in jails and prisons,” Jackson said in a press release.

• State Sen. Fran Pavley’s (D-Agoura Hills) bill to regulate groundwater across the state passed out of the Senate 24-12 on Aug. 19 and is headed to the Assembly. SB 1168 would require local governments to manage groundwater supplies—specifically, withdrawals—and authorizes the state to make it happen if local agencies don’t. The Associated Press reported that bill backers say the drought has made this month’s legislative session one of the strongest chances ever for the state to overcome the objections of farmers and others and adopt its first statewide groundwater management plan. The bill has until Aug. 31 to make it to the governor’s desk.