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State Senate Passes Voter Registration, Gun Measures

 
State Senate Passes Voter Registration, Gun Measures
Posted January 29th, 2014 @ 6:21am by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

The state Senate passed voter registration and gun measures Tuesday.

Democrat Hannah Beth Jackson authored a bill that would allow 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote. She says it will get more teens excited about their civics classes and the election process.

"We've seen in many other states that has increased voter turnout for young people, which is the lowest group. So once they do vote, the data also shows that someone who votes early will be a lifetime, lifelong voter," Jackson said. 

The Senate also approved a bill by Democrat Kevin De Leon that would require BB and airsoft guns to be painted in bright colors.

He cited a recent case where a 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy was shot and killed by police when carrying a replica AK-47.

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