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Political Watch 10/5/17

• U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Kamala Harris (D-California) both issued separate statements following the attack in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 1 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest ever. With more than 50 dead and more than 500 wounded—many seriously—it’s clear that families and friends of the victims will need our support and compassion,” Feinstein said in a statement issued from her office.  “We must not allow ourselves to become numb to these massacres that can snuff out so many lives in such a short time. It should shock every American that one individual, with easy access to weapons and ammunition, can inflect such devastation.” Sen. Harris issued a statement from her official Facebook account, saying she was praying for a full recovery for the wounded and expressed gratitude to first responders. “This kind of tragedy has become too routine in America. As a nation, we are weary,” Harris wrote in the post. “We’ve lost far too many of our classmates, friends, family members, and children to gun violence. That’s why as we pray for those recovering, we also must commit ourselves to action. Another moment of silence won’t suffice.”


• U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Kamala Harris (D-California) urged Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to mail renewal applications on Oct. 3 so they would be received by the Oct. 5 deadline. After President Donald Trump rescinded the program with a six-month grace period, some DACA recipients were eligible for a renewal during that time. “We continue to push for passage of the DREAM Act—congressional action is the only way to give these incredible young people the protection they deserve,” the joint statement read.


• State Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) saw her bill, Assembly Bill 1119, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 27. The new law ensures that emergency health care providers have access to full medical records of patients in the case of a mental health crises or situation where a patient is unable to provide consent. The legislation is designed so that emergency care providers can make the most informed decisions regarding patients. “Lack of information is a substantial barrier to effective care in the emergency room, where patients are in crisis and timely consent is not always possible,” Limón said in a statement. “AB 1119 provides emergency physicians with improved access to important medical records to allow them to deliver critical care to patients in need.”


• Members of California’s Congressional Delegation issued a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 28, urging him to sign State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s Senate Bill 169, which would codify federal Title IX civil rights protection into California state law. The bill was a response to recent actions by the Trump administration’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to rescind the Obama-era enforcement of Title IX standards that aimed to address sexual assault cases on college campuses. “As members of Congress, we hear from survivors of sexual violence frequently about the pain the experienced when they were attacked, and the additional indignity and hardship they suffer when our educational institutions and governments fail to adhere to Title IX directives,” the letter signed by 30 members of the delegation stated. “SB 169 is a necessary response to reduce an endemic culture of gender discrimination and violence in our schools.”

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