Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco and Assemblyman Evan Low of Campbell, both Democrats who are gay, present a bill to ban for-profit conversion therapy services in California. Photo by Robbie Short for CALmatters

In summary

California Senate Democrats blocked legislation intended to help low-income people avoid losing their cars because of high-interest pink slip loans. Legislators push a bill to declare conversion therapy fraudulent. Critics say it raises constitutional free speech questions.

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Dan Morain joined CalMatters in March 2018. He is the former editorial page editor of The Sacramento Bee. Morain also spent 27 years at The Los Angeles Times, and has covered the Capitol since 1992.