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AM Alert: Committees hear rape, gun rights, tax bills

Protesters demonstrate during Stanford University graduation exercises on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Protesters demonstrate during Stanford University graduation exercises on Sunday, June 12, 2016. AP

The federal definition of rape is broader than California’s and includes penetration with a foreign object.

Here, Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner committed sexual assault behind a campus dumpster when he forced his hands into an unconscious woman.

Tomayto, tomahto? Not so much.

Sexual assault is a lesser crime with a maximum sentence of four years. Although Turner’s crimes were punishable by up to years in prison, his six-month jail sentence spurred cries of injustice and outrage across the country.

Now two California lawmakers, Assemblywomen Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, and Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, are pushing a bill to update California’s definition of rape to include unwanted penetration by a foreign object.

Assembly Bill 701 is up for a vote today in the Senate Public Safety Committee at 9 a.m. in room 3191.

CONCEALED CARRY: The Senate Public Safety Committee intends to address another emotion-laden topic today: Gun rights. Assembly Bill 450, introduced by Sacramento Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, would boost fees for concealed carry permits to cover the cost of issuing and enforcing a license. Coupled with another measure limiting concealed weapons to Californians living under threats of violence, McCarty hopes that higher fees and tougher restrictions will lead to fewer permits. The bill will also be heard at 9 a.m. in room 3191.

PINK TAX: Retail prices can be higher for women’s products than comparable men’s goods. It happens with razors and blades, clothing and, of all things, children’s scooters. Now California lawmakers hope to do something about it with Senate Bill 899, which prohibits retailers from marking up women’s goods. The Chamber of Commerce labeled the bill a “job killer” and retail and toy associations also oppose the measure. The Assembly Judiciary Committee will hear the bill at 9 a.m. in room 447.

DIGITAL LIBRARY: California is teaming up with Google to digitize documents from the state archives to create a series of online exhibits. Secretary of State Alex Padilla, state Archivist Nancy Lenoil and the Google Cultural Institute will reveal details on the first three digital exhibits at a press conference at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the California Museum on O Street. The state archive contains original bills, opinions from the California Supreme Court and other historical documents dating back to the state’s inception in 1850.

TOWN HALL: Fresh off a much talked about appearance with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton visits the Golden State today for a town hall discussion with digital content creators in Los Angeles. The talk kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on Sunset Boulevard.

THE RACE IS ON: Hours after state Treasurer John Chiang announced his candidacy for governor in May, two eager challengers stepped up to vie for his position: Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma and termed out Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles. Now Ma, a former San Francisco assemblywoman, says she’s kicking off her campaign for state treasurer with a fundraiser at the Laborers’ International Union Local 261 building in San Francisco tonight at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event range from $75 for qualifying grassroots activists to $14,000 for hosts, which also includes access to a VIP reception.

CELEBRATE: Happy birthday to Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, who turns 66 today.

Taryn Luna: 916-326-5545, @TarynLuna

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