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AM Alert: Anti-Semitism resolution stirs dissent

About 400 students gathered at the University California at Davis' Memorial Union in 2002 to rally in support of the Palestinian cause.
About 400 students gathered at the University California at Davis' Memorial Union in 2002 to rally in support of the Palestinian cause. Sacramento Bee file

A resolution that would encourage each University of California campus to pass its own resolution condemning anti-Semitism and racism, SCR 35, comes up for a hearing in the Assembly’s Higher Education committee today. Despite its non-binding nature, the resolution-engendering resolution has sparked a healthy debate.

The opposition largely centers around the definition of anti-Semitism used in the legislative resolution, which comes from the U.S. State Department. Critics say the definition is so broad that it could discourage debate on Israel’s behavior in the Middle East. Opposing the resolution are Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestine Legal and the Center for Constitutional Rights, among a handful of others.

Jewish Voice for Peace will lead a press conference at 12:30 near 12th and L. The hearing is at 1:30.

ASSISTED DEATH: Senate Bill 128 allows people with terminal diseases to request drugs to end their life. After passing the Senate 23-15, the bill will be heard in the Assembly’s health committee today.

ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS: Continuing a busy day for legislative committees, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water is holding a hearing on Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins’ ivory and rhino horn bill, Assembly Bill 96, at 1:30. The bill would repeal a legal provision that allows the sale of ivory products imported before 1977. Supporters of the bill say that loophole makes the current ivory law unenforceable.

After the hearing, the Humane Society of the United States will sponsor a rally on the north side of the Capitol.

FAIR: The State Fair will hold a celebration honoring winners for best wine, cheese, olive oil and beer competitions at 10 a.m. on the Capitol’s west steps. Fair CEO Rick Pickering will be joined by a variety of guests, including Sen. Richard Pan and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, both Sacramento Democrats. An interactive database of winners for wine is available here.

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