Senate set to decide fate of speech crime bill

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After a week on the suspense file, the Appropriations Committee released
AB 1671 to the Senate floor on a 5-2 vote with Republicans voting no. 
The bill, by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), was

amended in the committee, but the amendments are not yet in print. 
The Appropriations Committee released the bill despite opposition by the 
Department of Finance, which opposes it due to potential costs for creating a new crime.
AB 1671 is eligible to be heard on the Senate floor next week. The bill is garnering
attention from several news media organizations.Columbia Journalism Review:
Courthouse News Service:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/08/11/free-speech-advocates-balk-at-calif-bid-to-criminalize-abortion-clinic-sting-videos.htm

 Republished with permission of California Newspaper Publishers Association Newsletter

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