Feb. 5, 2007
Because itâ€™s celebrating its centennial this month, I paid a visit to Sierra Madre and while savoring a cinnamon dolce latte at the local Starbucks, watched the sun set on a historic Union 76 ball. A perfect fusion of two projects.
And hereâ€™s Sierra Madreâ€™s Old North Church, with the artillery piece in the park across the street. Note the problem I encountered with lighting. Architectural photography is surely not my forte.
Now for the business at hand. Iâ€™ve often thought that with a century of lawmaking under its belt, the state Legislature might want to take the afternoon off. After all, with more than a century of making laws, whatâ€™s left to regulate?
The Times provides a tidy answer to my question. Here’s what the Legislature was wrestling with 100 years ago:
· The Senate unanimously passes a ban on docking horsesâ€™ tails and prohibits anyone from bringing horses with docked tails into the state. Those who own horses with docked tails would have to register them with the local county officials.
· The Senate passes a bill authorizing the governor to declare â€œBud and Arbor Day.â€
· The Senate passes a bill setting dairy standards and a bill to keep the polls open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
· A committee urges the Senate to pass Sen. Blackâ€™s tax exemption bill for all the buildings at Stanford as well as the bonds the university holds in trust.
· Sen. Wolfe introduces a bill making all robberies committed with a deadly weapon between sunset and sunrise punishable by death or life in prison.
· Assemblyman Grove L. Johnson introduces a â€œno seat, no fareâ€ bill providing that railroad passengers who cannot find a seat need not pay. The bill would include streetcars.
· Assemblyman Johnson introduces a bill requiring firearms dealers to keep records of gun buyersâ€™ names and addresses.
· The Assembly passes a bill by the late Assemblyman Burke making it illegal to spit on sidewalks or in trains, cars and other public conveyances.
· Sen. Sanford introduces a bill seeking to restrict corporate donations to political campaigns. Iâ€™m so glad the Senate wrapped that up 100 years ago so it can get on to more pressing matters.
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