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California State Legislature
Important news articles, editorials and op-ed pieces relating to California State Legislative issues and decisions.
January 31, 2014
Three key lawmakers are converging in Ventura California today to unveil a compromise bill to ban single-use plastic bags.
A state lawmaker found guilty of voter fraud and perjury this week will be allowed to keep serving until a judge enters a formal conviction, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Thursday.
January 29, 2014
Backers of a proposed ballot measure to more than double the vehicle-license fee to pay for road improvements have decided to drop efforts to put it on the Nov. 4 ballot.
January. 28 2014
Walk along any beach or through any park and chances are they'll be there by the dozens: the tan, discarded remains of a cigarette.
January 26, 2014
The number of women in the 120-member Legislature has fallen from a peak of 37 in 2006 to 32 this year, and groups that promote women running for public office are concerned the trend will continue this election year.
January 23, 2014
Disposable plastic bags would be banned from grocery check-out stands in California and consumers would pay at least a dime for a paper or re-usable plastic bag a under a compromise proposal negotiated with key opponents of last year's bill to ban plastic shopping bags.
Firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson will no longer ship new semi-automatic pistols to California, preferring to turn away from the nation's most populous market rather than comply with a controversial new gun law.
January 22, 2014
Toni Atkins of San Diego is chosen for speaker of the Assembly. Kevin de Leon of L.A. was picked last week to lead the Senate.
January 21, 2014
"I don't think the bill has anything to do with public policy," Liu said after the vote. "I think it's a jab at my husband, period."
January 19, 2014
Hundreds of bills that failed to pass the Legislature last year face an end-of-the-month deadline to gain initial support, including measures affecting gun owners, the oil industry and farm laborers.
January 4, 2014
When California legislators return from break, water bonds, prison overcrowding and a budget debate will be on their to-do list.
February 28, 2014
Will commission get new powers to fine property owners?
February 25, 2014
Sen. Roderick Wright will take an indefinite leave of absence with pay, according to a statement Tuesday from Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg.
February 24, 2014
State Sen. Ron Calderon pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he accepted $100,000 in bribes in return for pushing legislation, charges that could send him to federal prison for years.
February 13, 2014
Sodas and most other sugar-sweetened drinks sold in California would be required to carry warning labels for obesity, diabetes and tooth decay under a bill introduced in Sacramento on Thursday and backed by several public health advocacy groups.
February 12, 2014
However, the supermajorities have not, at least so far, been significant factors in what emerges from the Capitol, despite pressure from liberal groups to use them.
March 7, 2014
Citing the need to restore public trust in the California legislature, Senate Democrats Thursday announced new legislation meant to reduce the influence of lobbyists at the Capitol.
The California Secretary of State’s office would become non-partisan under a state lawmaker’s proposed constitutional amendment.
A state lawmaker is introducing legislation that would ban SeaWorld from using orcas in its San Diego shows.
March 4, 2014
The state Senate’s ethics panel will delay its investigation into Sen. Ronald S. Calderon to avoid interfering with a federal prosecution of the lawmaker on corruption charges, the panel’s chairman said Tuesday.
March 3, 2014
If you had to come up with one state agency that has done the most damage to California’s economy with its regulatory sweep and overreach, you’ll never come close to topping the state Air Resources Board.