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Monica Luhar
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Monica Luhar is the site editor for "SoCal Connected." She is also a reporter for Agenda, KCET's new government and policy blog. Her bylines have appeared in NBC Asian America, Southern California Public Radio, and various other weekly, national, and hyperlocal publications. She received her bachelors degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Follow her on Twitter: @monicaluhar
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    An additional layer of protection for individuals with developmental disabilities has been added to the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, a 1969 law that guarantees equal access to services and rights for persons with developmental disabilities.
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    To address mobile device theft, a new law mandates that all new smartphones and tablets manufactured after July 1, 2015, and sold in California must be equipped with a default "kill switch." That technology would render devices inoperable to unauthorized users and require the owner's permission to be reactivated.
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    From LGBT rights and cracking down on gun violence to protecting victims of human trafficking, January 1 will signal the beginning of hundreds of new laws in California.
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    California employees working in fast food, retail, and non-union sectors, could get much-needed relief for working during future holiday seasons.
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    Non-guilty verdicts and decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed, black males have prompted widespread protests and calls for justice and accountability. But state representatives and the California Legislative Black Caucus agree that more needs to be done to address the thin ice that exists between law enforcement officers and communities of color.