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UPLR: In Session 019 – AB 2943 Conversion Therapy



Devinn Larsen is here to tell us about AB 2943, which would have banned the practice of charging for providing sexual orientation change efforts (or conversion therapy).


UPLR: In Session 018 – SB 224 Sexual Harassment



Trisha Mannie tells us about SB 224.  This bill modifies current sexual harassment law by, among other things, providing that certain higher positions of power can be held liable for sexual harassment.


UPLR: In Session 017 – AB 2780 Vocational Evaluators in Divorce Proceedings



Today we’re talking with Reymond Huang about AB 2780.  This bill, now the current law in California, expands the educational requirements for vocational evaluators in divorce proceedings.


UPLR: In Session 016 – SB 923 Criminal Eyewitness Identification Procedures



Hayley Graves is here to tell us about SB 923, a bill that regulates criminal eyewitness identification procedures. Check it out and stay tuned for more great episodes!


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UPLR: In Session 015 – AB 2551 Fire Prevention & Forest Management



Katie Young tells us about AB 2551, legislation that calls attention to our forest management policies and how they affect the frequency and severity of massive, out-of-control fires.


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UPLR: In Session 014 – AB 931 Police Use of Force



Today on In Session, Molly Alcorn talks to us about AB 931, the bill that would have raised California’s standard for when it is acceptable for a police officer to use deadly force.


UPLR : In Session 013 – SB 822 Net Neutrality



Many states struck back against the FCC’s decision to roll back Obama-era net neutrality regulations with its “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” in 2017. In California, Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 822, which would re-institute net neutrality regulations in California. Today, on the first episode of Season 2 of In Session, Kim talks with Camille Reid about the landmark legislation.


UPLR: In Session 012 – Season 1 Recap



Today on the podcast, Tyler recaps the bills In Session covered this year and provides updates on whether each bill ultimately became law. Thank you so much for following these blog posts and listening to our podcast this season. Stay tuned next fall to hear a new host talk about a new group of bills with a new group of staff-writers.


UPLR: In Session 011 – AB 45 School Employee Housing



California currently faces a major public education crisis. Similar to the housing crisis, California’s teacher supply has failed to meet demand, resulting in severe teacher shortages throughout the state. Seventy-five percent of school districts are understaffed, particularly with regard to fully-credentialed teachers. Compounding this problem is California’s affordable housing crisis. Housing supply has stagnated, rental prices have skyrocketed, and many Californians have been priced out of their homes and cities. These two crises seemed to intersect in late 2016, when the San Francisco Chronicle reported Etoria Cheeks, a local math teacher, fell into homelessness after being priced out of affordable housing in the city. Many viewed Ms. Cheeks’ story as a part of a larger problem, and began calling for action to better secure affordable housing for the state’s teachers. Accordingly, Assembly Member Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) authored AB 45, which sought to create a development grant program for school districts to offer district-owned affordable rental housing to teachers. Today on the podcast, Dylan Dewitt joins Tyler to talk about AB 45.


UPLR: In Session 010 – SB 54 Law Enforcement



Calls for strengthened immigration laws and renewed enforcement of existing laws have raised questions about the interactions between local law enforcement agencies and federal authorities. In what has been referred to as the “highest-profile act of defiance to Trump’s nascent presidency,” California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León introduced SB 54, also known as the California Values Act, to, as some would put it, erect not a new border wall, but a “wall of justice” that would “protect the safety, well-being, and constitutional rights of the people of California, and … direct the state’s limited resources to matters of greatest concern to state and local governments.” Today on the podcast, Megan McCauley joins Tyler to talk about SB 54.