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Sept. 15, 2005 - Analysis: Recitation of Pledge Struck Down in California

A Federal Judge in California ruled on Wednesday that public schools cannot require school children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and issued a restraining order to schools in Sacramento County compelling them to halt the practice.

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California Bill Amended to Allow Assisted Suicide

California AB 651 was a popular bill to help the disadvantaged chronically ill people who suffered from diseases such as asthma and diabetes receive necessary Medi-Cal Benefits. It passed with broad bipartisan support. On May 31, 2005, the Assembly voted on the original provisions of AB 651 and sent the bill on its way to the senate.California AB 654 was a struggling assisted suicide bill. Only 20-25 were in favor of the bill which required 41 "yes" votes in order to pass.

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California Assembly Votes No on Same-Sex Marriage

After a tense and emotional debate, the California Assembly voted against AB 19. All the Republican members voted against the bill, and a dozen Democrats abstained from voting on the issue.

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Same-sex Marriage Bill Headed for Defeat

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage appeared headed for defeat in the state Assembly late Wednesday after a historic, at times personal debate that touched on themes of personal liberty and societal values.

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Assisted Suicide Bill Dead This Year -- Expected to be Resurrected Next Year!

California Assembly Bill 651 was designed to alleviate the suffering of terminally ill patients until it was amended to eliminate such people entirely through self inflicted means -- medically assisted suicide, that is. Thankfully, due to the opposition of many groups, including Adventist Health and the Seventh-day Adventist Church State Council, this bill is "dead" for the year. The author is on record indicating his commitment to work for passage over the long term. The issue is not going away any time soon.

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May 21, 2004 - California Land Use Bill Passes Assembly In Unanimous Vote

On Thursday, May 20, the California Assembly passed Assembly Bill 1903 by a unanimous voice vote. This bill would preclude local governments from discriminatory treatment of religious uses. The bill is supported by the Church State Council, among others.

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January 6, 2004 - California Land Use Bill Introduced

Two important bills were amended this week that would require local land use authorities to respect the constitutional rights of churches to obtain and use land in conducting worship and engaging in ministry. These bills are urgently needed to remedy a long history of discrimination against religious uses. Under current law, adult book stores are treated better than churches under most zoning schemes!

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