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Political Watch 4/12/18

• U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Sens. Kamala Harris (D-California) and James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) appeared on PBS’s 60 Minutes for a piece about U.S. election security from cyber attacks and other cyber intelligence warfare. “We have to be prepared for wars without blood,” Harris said, adding that the Russian cyber attack on the U.S. in 2016 was designed to “disrupt our democracy, to disrupt Americans’ confidence in their government and their democracy, and in that way weaken our standing in the world.” Lankford introduced the Secure Elections Act in December of 2017 with Harris as a co-sponsor along with four other senators. The legislation would streamline cybersecurity information sharing between federal intelligence agencies and state election offices, provide security clearances for state election officials, and provide support for state election cybersecurity operations. “This could be the Iranians next time,” Lankford said on 60 Minutes. “It could be the North Koreans next time. This is something that’s been exposed as a weakness in our system, that we need to be able to fix that not knowing who could try to test it out next time.”

• Reps. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) and Don Beyer (D-Alexandria) announced on April 4 that they’d obtained 100 bipartisan co-sponsors for the House Resolution 2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) Act, urging Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) to put the legislation up for a vote in the House of Representatives. Carbajal authored and introduced the resolution in May of 2017, creating a legal means for family or law enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis. In late February, following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the resolution gained dozens of additional co-sponsors, including seven Republicans. “The momentum behind passing gun violence prevention laws in the wake of the tragic Parkland shooting is not slowing down, and that is clearly reflected in this week’s milestone of support for the GVRO Act,” Carbajal said in a statement. “This bill encourages other states to follow California’s lead and enact similar firearm restraining orders that can prevent future tragedies like the shootings in Parkland or in Isla Vista. With this level of bipartisan support, it is clear the GVRO Act would easily pass the House. Americans are demanding that Congress take action to prevent gun violence, and I urge Speaker Ryan to put this bill up for a vote.”

• Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton) presented an Assembly Certificate of Recognition to the family of Guadalupe Officer Samuel Sanchez during the dedication of part of Highway 166 in Sanchez’s name on April 6. Sanchez was killed in 1969 after a drunk driver crashed into his patrol vehicle while he was transporting prisoners to Santa Maria’s jail. Cunningham made a post to his official Facebook page on April 7, saying that “Officer Samuel Sanchez made the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty. This week, members of our community recognized his service and honored his memory by dedicating a portion of Highway 166 in his name.”

• American Veterans (AMVETS) recognized State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) as Legislator of the Year on April 4 for her legislation that supports veterans in the criminal justice system, according to a statement from Jackson’s office. SB 725 allows for active duty military or veterans with traumatic mental health conditions who are charged with misdemeanor DUIs to be eligible for pretrial diversion programs. “Veterans risk their lives in defense of our country. It is our responsibility to ensure that they receive the support and care that they need when they return home,” Jackson said in the statement. “I am proud to have authored one of AMVETS’s top priority bills of 2017, and I look forward to continuing my support for California veterans and their families.”




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