Last year, Californians overwhelmingly voted to enact Proposition 57: The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016. This measure is integral in expanding restorative justice in our prisons by incentivizing incarcerated individuals to improve their lives through education, career training and rehabilitation.
Promoting Environmental Stewardship in California
Pope Francis, with the publication of Laudato Si and on many other occasions, has told us that: “On climate change, there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act.”
Last Friday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released their proposed Regular Regulations for the implementation of last November’s Prop 57 and the comment period to respond to those regulations began.
The Legislature has officially recessed for the summer this week, but not before moving on a key piece of environmental legislation.
On Monday, lawmakers gave a bi-partisan nod of approval to AB 398 (Garcia, D-Coachella), the extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program through the year 2030. The program aims to slash emissions by requiring entities to purchase permits to release greenhouse gases. The program’s renewal was a key priority for Governor Brown.
California’s efforts to protect immigrants while balancing legitimate public safety concerns is proving more difficult than many thought. SB 54, the California Values Act (de Leon, D-Los Angeles), is at an impasse, at least temporarily, as Governor Brown, Senate President pro temp Kevin de Leon, immigration groups and law enforcement interests grapple with the legislation’s complexities.
As the legislative summer recess draws near, the California Catholic Conference is keeping close watch on many bills, several of which are being taken up for hearings or votes in coming days.
In an unprecedented gathering over the July 4th weekend, about 3,000 Catholic leaders in the United States were schooled in what it means to be missionary disciples in the world today.
The theme of the meeting and the inspiration for the content came from the words of Pope Francis in his encyclical The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium):
In the first seven months after California’s new Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) law went into effect 111 Californians legally committed suicide with state approval.
The first annual report by the California Department of Public Health shows that 191 people received lethal prescriptions from doctors between June 9, 2016 and Dec. 31, from 173 physicians.
Next week, recreational marijuana use will become legal in Nevada and on January 1, 2018 California will trod the same uncertain path.
Among the many concerns about this new future, the potential impact on children is one that both sides of the debate have addressed. Unfortunately, the experience of Colorado and Washington - states that recently legalized recreational marijuana - shows that the safeguards built into the new law are not enough to protect children.
California’s Legislature this week approved a new $183 billion dollar State Budget and in the process established priorities that encompass “profound moral questions about who are we as a society, how we view our future and whether as a people we can look beyond our own self-interest to the interest of the larger society.” (In Search of the Common Good)