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FRESNO |  BUSINESS JOURNAL - Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) has joined a fellow legislator in introducing a bill that would make it easier to get occupational licensees to work faster. Assembly Bill 2185 would allow people occupational license holders in good standing from other states to transfer those licenses to California.

The bill would apply to people working in fields requiring state licenses, such as nurses, makeup artists and travel agents, according to a news release from Patterson’s office.

SACRAMENTO | LA TIMES - California is falling perilously short of its targets for issuing Real IDs and will have to more than double the number issued each month to reach the millions of drivers still without the federally required identification card before an Oct. 1 deadline, officials said Thursday.

FRESNO | FRESNO BEE - Susan Gladding was never one to take on causes. Never one to make public speeches. Or serve a source of strength and inspiration to others. Those traits belonged to her husband, Gavin, a well-liked Clovis Unified administrator and former Peace Corps volunteer. Susan, despite his frequent encouragement, preferred to stay in the background. Where she always felt more comfortable.

FRESNO | KFSN - Just about a week after Rogelio Alvarez Maravilla was released from prison early in the death of Gavin Gladding, the Gladding family and supporters of Gavin's Law cleared a major hurdle Tuesday in getting the necessary votes to move the bill onto the next round of legislation.  "That we received a unanimous vote from that committee today, it's frankly pretty overwhelming," says Susan Gladding. "And as I was hearing the vote, it's just very emotional."

SACRAMENTO | KSEE - A bipartisan bill to close a loop-hole in the law that benefits DUI drivers who leave the scene of a crash is heading to the California State Assembly floor. Gavin’s Law (AB 582), was approved unanimously Thursday morning in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, according to Alisha Gallon, spokeswoman for Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno).

SACRAMENTO | FOX 40 - State lawmakers Monday showed an overwhelming amount of support for a law that will increase the punishment for deadly hit-and-run crashes. Lawmakers approved Gavin's Law with a 66-3 vote.