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  • California has been well served by departing Steinberg and Pérez

    Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) will remain California Senate president pro tem for another month and a half, but for all practical purposes the end of the legislative session at midnight Sunday brings a conclusion to his six-year leadership of state government's upper house. In the Assembly, Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) handed over his gavel weeks ago to Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), but the Sunday deadline marks for him, as well, the virtual end of the run. The two men are leaving the Legislature with California in better shape and on a better trajectory than it was when they came in, and both deserve credit for the improvement.
  • Lawmakers send Gov. Jerry Brown bill for more university funding

    When California lawmakers settled on a new state budget in June, they included triggers that would send more money to public universities if property tax revenue outpaced expectations. The expectations weren't met, but lawmakers are moving forward...

    Tripled California Film-TV Tax Credit Heads to Gov. Jerry Brown's Desk

    A bill to more than triple California's film-TV tax credit program from $100 million to $330 million a year has cleared its final legislative hurdle and is headed for the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. The State Assembly approved AB 1839 late Friday night,...

    Lawmakers OK water plan, pass statewide single-use plastic bag ban

    Lawmakers OK water plan, pass statewide single-use plastic bag ban
    After a lawmaking season that left them bruised by political scandal but salved by California's revitalized economy, state lawmakers were attempting to wrap up their work late Friday by tackling the complexities of water policy, everyday matters such as...

    State lawmakers stay up late to pass paid sick days measure

    In one of the final acts of the 2014 lawmaking year, the Legislature early Saturday morning voted to significantly expand working Californians' access to paid time off for illness. The lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would require most...