The Latest: California may limit ‘felony murder’ rule
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on action in the California Legislature (all times local):
The California state Assembly has approved legislation limiting the state’s “felony murder” rule that holds accomplices to the same standard as if they had personally killed someone.
Supporters say it is unjust that accomplices can face execution or life prison sentences even if they were unaware that a killing would or did take place.
The bill would limit murder convictions to those who actually commit murders; those who “with the intent to kill” knowingly aid, solicit or assist the killer; and those who are major participants and act with reckless indifference to human life.
The Assembly approved the measure on a 46-20 vote Tuesday, sending it back to the Senate for a vote on an amendment exempting those who knowingly participate in the slaying of a peace officer.
California is creating an office of elections cybersecurity to combat cyber threats and false information online.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday creating the office under the secretary of state.
The state budget included $2 million annually for the office.
It will work with state, local and federal agencies to share information about cyber threats, develop emergency preparedness plans and recommend ways to protect election infrastructure.
The office would also be in charge of counteracting false information about the electoral process online, such as the date elections are being held or how to register to vote.
Critics say that could lead to the suppression of speech. But supporters argue the office will target false information about the voting process and not regulate political opinions.