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Oakland Moves To Flip Decades-Old Pinball Ban And Work On New Gambling Laws

The Oakland City Council’s public safety committee is proposing a game-changing move that would reverse the city’s decades-old ban on pinball machines.

06/20/2014

The floor of the California Assembly during a recent session. (Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

California State Legislature Approves $108 Billion Budget

Moving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline, the state Legislature on Sunday approved California’s $108 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year.

06/15/2014

Juvenile offenders would have an easier time putting their pasts behind them under bills working their way through the Legislature.

California Bills Aim To Help Young Offenders Seal Criminal Records

Juvenile records would automatically be sealed from public view after the offender has completed probation under SB1038 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.

05/26/2014

California Governor Jerry Brown (R) delivers the State of the State address as Speaker of the Assembly John Perez (L) looks on at the California State Capitol on January 31, 2011 in Sacramento. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Democratic Shakeup At State House Will Benefit Gov. Brown

It’s rare but the two houses of the California Legislature are about to choose two leaders from Southern California: Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as its president pro tem, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, its speaker.

01/24/2014

Soda vending machine (PAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Central Coast State Senator Set To Push Tax On Sugary Drinks

A new study from researchers at UC San Francisco found that the state could save hundreds of millions of dollars from reduced diabetes cases.

01/03/2014

A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Topics Up For Debate Before California Lawmakers Leave for Recess

California lawmakers will be on recess in a matter of days which means that there will be a flurry of activity the next few days in Sacramento.

09/09/2013

California State Capitol

Legislature Expands Medi-Cal To 1.4 Million Low-Income Residents

The state Legislature passed a major piece of the federal Affordable Care Act, opting to expand Medicaid to 1.4 million low-income Californians.

06/15/2013

Leland Yee (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

SF Lawmaker To Introduce Bill Regulating Short-Term Day Care Centers

Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco says SB766 would provide some protections for families.

04/21/2013

California State Capitol

Phil Matier: New Push To Trim Majority Needed To Raise Taxes

It’s long been the talk of Sacramento – and beyond – but now it appears the State of California may be closer than ever before to adjusting the percentage of support needed to approve sales tax measures on California ballots, from two-thirds of the vote to just 55%.

01/08/2013

California State Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Darrell Steinberg in the Senate chambers. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Supermajority Poses Its Own Set of Problems For California Legislature

The possibility that a supermajority of Democrats will control both houses of the California Legislature does not guarantee an end to the gridlock in Sacramento.

11/09/2012

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