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  • Assembly speaker confident he has a two-thirds majority in lower house

     
    Assembly Speaker John PĂ©rez of Los Angeles said early Wednesday that he believes his Democrats have captured a two-thirds majority in the lower house, while Senate Democrats were within striking distance if they could win some races in which they......
  • Government: California GOP senators go public with their budget demands [Updated]

     
    The four things Republicans want from the California budget....
  • New law aims to keep contraband out of state mental hospitals

     
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill that makes it a misdemeanor to deliver contraband such as tobacco products or wireless devices to state mental hospital patients.The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) and...
  • Special treatment for downtown stadium OK'd by Legislature

     
    The Legislature on Friday approved a special legal process for a proposed 72,000-seat football stadium in downtown Los Angeles, but not before trying to expand the exemption from protracted environmental court challenges to other big projects. The state...
  • Republicans fail in rare attempt to override governor's veto

     
    California Republican lawmakers failed Thursday to engineer the first override of a gubernatorial veto in three decades....
  • Initiative would make Legislature part time, slash its pay

     
    A proposal by Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) probably won't make her many friends among her colleagues. She wants to reduce the Legislature to part-time status and cut its pay from $95,000 annually to $1,500 a month. Grove is one of......
  • Senators vote to give up free tickets to games, concerts

     
    Under a measure approved by the state Senate, California lawmakers would no longer be able to accept concert and sports tickets, golf games and other gifts from companies lobbying the Legislature....
  • Bills to limit lawmakers' gifts, give Olympians tax breaks shelved

     
    California lawmakers shelve bills limiting their gifts, providing tax breaks for Olympians...
  • California film tax credit extension moves forward in Legislature

     
    The California Senate on Tuesday approved a two-year extension of tax credits for the film and television industry, providing $100 million annually through July 2017. "The film and television industry is critically important to the economic vitality of...
  • State Senate backs driver's licenses for young illegal immigrants

     
    The state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure allowing up to 450,000 illegal immigrants in California to get state driver’s licenses once they are awarded work permits under a new federal program providing a reprieve from deportation. The bill...
  • California Republican plans new think tank

     
    Sen. Sam Blakeslee, one of the only Republican senators willing to try negotiating a budget deal with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown last year, plans to start a new think tank after leaving the Legislature next year....
  • Editorial: Lawmakers win again

    State lawmakers long ago lost credibility with Californians. Last week's decision to kill a bill that would have banned lobbyists from showering them with gifts isn't going to win back any of that lost respect. We find it shameful that legislators, who...