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Friday, March 4, 2016

Students could soon get kicked out of school for sexting.

A new state Assembly bill, AB 2536, would give schools the right to expel or suspend students for what it calls sexting — sending nude or sexually explicit photos and images electronically, “with the purpose or effect of humiliating or harassing a pupil.” They would be able to do that when students are at, or en route to and from, school or school-sanctioned events.

Friday, February 26, 2016

California students who send racy text messages that may cause psychological harm could be expelled from school under a bill just introduced in Sacramento.

It is a reaction to a wave of sexting that some say is becoming the new norm for adolescent sexual awareness.

Friday, February 26, 2016

California high school students might have to think twice before they snap and send.

Concerned by a practice he’s said is becoming more prevalent in schools, a state lawmaker is carrying a bill that would let schools suspend or expel kids for so-called sexting – sharing explicit pictures and recordings via electronic message. Assembly Bill 2536 would also require that health classes include information on the perils of sharing scandalous content.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Friday, February 5, Asm. Chau joined 24 Partnership members for breakfast at Picasso's in Irwindale and discussed several key issues facing the state, including the lack of affordable housing, slight increases in the Governor's budget for education funding, potential tax increases on gas and diesel fuels, and an increase in registration fees to fund transportation maintenance and repairs.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

California was one of many states that strengthened its privacy laws after the shocking death of Princess Diana, who was fleeing paparazzi when her car crashed in a Paris tunnel in 1997. Since then, lawmakers have proposed a seemingly endless series of additions and tweaks to California statutes in response to the changing tactics of celebrity photographers. Their efforts, though, have often been too broad, impeding the public's access to news, or too narrowly tied to technologies with short shelf lives.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

When singer Miley Cyrus recently spotted a mysterious drone hovering over her Los Angeles home, she posted video of the aerial intruder on Instagram, complaining that it appeared to be a new tactic by the paparazzi.

The incident, in which Cyrus was photographed in her backyard, was no surprise to Patrick J. Alach. He is legal counsel for the Paparazzi Reform Initiative, a group representing celebrities and others that has persuaded lawmakers to tighten laws governing photography of those he represents.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

An interesting hearing that happened at UCLA this past Friday; there is video, and a detailed and interesting background paper. Speakers discussed the technology, the use of drones in law enforcement, the use of drones in entertainment and other business, and privacy and tort law. (I spoke mostly on the privacy, tort law, and First Amendment side.) Here’s the agenda: