Immigration And Bullets
California State Capitol
Sacramento, CA - The State Assembly shoots two bills dealing with those issues to the Senate. The Associated Press reports the California Assembly has approved legislation limiting when local law enforcement officers could detain someone for an immigration check.
The so-called Trust Act by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco would create a statewide standard for how local agencies should comply with a requirement to check offenders against a federal immigration database.
That program requires police officers or sheriff's deputies to check anyone arrested against a federal immigration database. Those found to be in the country illegally are held for immigration officials.
Under AB4, local law enforcement would be able to detain only those who had been previously convicted of a serious or violent felony. Governor Jerry Brown vetoed similar legislation last year.
The Assembly passed the bill on a 42-20 vote today, sending it to the Senate.
Also, the Assembly passed legislation that would make California the first state to ban the use of lead ammunition in hunting has cleared the state Assembly.
The bill from Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood would require hunters to use non-lead ammunition.
Advocates have pushed for the ban because of health risks associated with lead left in the environment. Hunting with lead bullets already is prohibited in eight counties that are home to the endangered California condor, which has been susceptible to lead poisoning.
Republicans say AB711 would create a de facto ban on hunting. Some alternatives to lead bullets may not be available because of federal restrictions on armor-piercing ammunition.
The Assembly passed the bill Thursday on a largely party-line vote of 44-21. It now also heads to the state Senate.
Written by Tracey Petersen
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