Dem urges Trump to disavow supporter's remarks on internment camps

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A Democratic lawmaker is calling on President-elect Donald Trump to denounce a surrogate who approvingly cited the mass internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as "precedent" for a registry of Muslim immigrants. “The imprisonment of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II, including my parents and grandparents, is widely understood to be one of the darkest chapters in Amer...

Travelers can now get 1st comprehensive reports of cruise-ship crime

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Oceangoing travelers for the first time can see what crimes are being reported aboard ships operating in U.S. ports — and the numbers compared with last year could make some of them seasick. The number of reported sexual assaults on cruise ships jumped 550 percent in the first six months of 2016, going to 39 from six in 2015. Overall, reported crimes on ships jumped 408 percent to 61 from 12. The ...

A better way to police

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A man with schizophrenia barricaded himself inside his apartment after breaking into a neighbor’s house. Instead of breaking down his door, responding officers instead used their new mental health training to deescalate the crisis. Within an hour, the situation was safely defused and the man was taken not to jail, but to the hospital for evaluation. Thanks to a training program called Mental Healt...

Matsui-Jenkins Mental Health First Aid Act Passes Out of Energy & Commerce Committee

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Today, the Energy & Commerce Committee unanimously passed H.R. 1877, the Mental Health First Aid Act. Co-authored by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), the bipartisan bill would expand Mental Health First Aid training to help emergency services personnel, police officers, educators, and the public identify, understand, and respond to people experiencing menta...

Doris Matsui calls for lower EpiPen prices

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Rep. Doris Matsui issued a letter Friday demanding that pharmaceutical company Mylan lower the price of the EpiPen, a device that helps millions of people stem severe allergy attacks. Over the past month, public outrage has grown over the rising cost of the injector device, which dispenses a life-saving drug called epinephrine. That cost has jumped by about 400 percent in the last decade; it now c...

Growing Sacramento airport scores $16 million federal grant

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Sacramento International Airport has won $16 million to help refurbish its east taxiway, Sacramento Rep. Doris Matsui said Thursday. The money, from the Federal Aviation Administration, boosts the airport’s plans for a $35 million airport flight field upgrade, and helps reduce the amount the airport needs to draw from airline and flier fees for the project. “This grant will help us meet important ...

Matsui calls on GAO to investigate Afghan refugee resettlement process

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Rep. Doris Matsui, reacting to an investigation by The Sacramento Bee, has formally requested that the federal Government Accountability Office evaluate how to improve the resettlement process for Afghan refugees arriving in the United States on Special Immigrant Visas. The visas are awarded to people who served the U.S. during the war in Afghanistan, along with their immediate family members. Cal...

Gun Violence Research Center Coming To UC Davis' Sacramento Campus

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University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Monday her intent to establish the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus under the direction of Garen Wintemute, an emergency department physician and recognized authority on the epidemiology of firearm violence who has conducted leading-edge research for more than 30 years. The new cen...

House Democrats demand gun control vote during recess

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Rep. Doris Matsui and some of her fellow Democrats drowned out the acting speaker Tuesday afternoon during a brief, routine House meeting as they demanded a vote on gun legislation. The House has recessed until July 5, but meets for short "pro forma" sessions every few days in an effort to block the president from making recess appointments. Typically no legislative business or debate occurs durin...

After gun control sit-in, California House Democrats bring 'day of action' home to constituents

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Watching the Democrats’ sit-in on the House floor last week filled Mandy Pifer with pride — and the conviction that Congress will act on tougher gun violence laws. Pifer, whose boyfriend, Shannon Johnson, was killed in the San Bernardino shooting Dec. 2, had the chance to offer her encouragement in person Wednesday at a roundtable discussion on advancing gun control hosted by Southern California H...