Governor Brown Reveals Revised Budget Proposal
Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his $115.3 billion revised budget proposal and it included provisions to help low-income Californians, boost K-14 school funding, freeze U.C. tuition for two years and respond to the ongoing drought. See detailed budget information at the Dept. of Finance’s budget website. Read articles in the Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times.
House Passes Bill to Curb NSA Data Collection
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2048 (USA Freedom Act) in a 338-88 vote. This bipartisan bill is meant to eliminate the National Security Agency’s bulk collection program for domestic telephone metadata and curb other domestic surveillance programs. The bill now goes to the Senate where it faces stiff opposition. Congress has until June 1st to act, or the provision of the Patriot Act that authorizes bulk collection of phone records will expire. Read articles in the New York Times and Washington Post.
Extradition Upheld by Ninth Circuit
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court decision that granted extradition to South Korea of a U.S. veteran’s son accused of involvement in a murder. The defendant claimed that the lower court ignored evidence from the U.S.- South Korea extradition treaty’s legislative history, and that his prosecution in South Korea is untimely and in violation of the treaty, but the Ninth Circuit panel concluded “the Secretary of State may choose, in his or her discretion, whether to grant or deny extradition in a case where the statute of limitations in the United States has expired. Federal courts thus have no authority under Article 6 to dictate to the Secretary of State what he or she must do”. Read articles in Courthouse News and the California Appellate Report blog. Oral arguments are available here.