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Jerry Brown

Frustrated Gov. Brown Turns Back to California Labor Base

Seemingly fed up with Republican opposition to his budget ideas, Gov. Jerry Brown was poised to mobilize union members to help elect more Democrats to the state Legislature.


Shark fins in a bag await delivery at a wholesale warehouse in Hong Kong (Laurent Fievet)

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Shark-Fin Trade

The Legislature has sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill seeking to ban the sale, trade or possession of shark fins, despite objections from two senators who called the measure racist because the fins are used in a soup considered a delicacy in some Asian cultures.


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California Legislature Passes Bill Halting Local Circumcision Bans

The California Legislature has approved a bill preventing local jurisdictions from banning male circumcision, a measure written in response to ballot measure proposed in San Francisco.


California State Capitol

Democrats, Republicans Spar In Sacramento Over Jobs

With another major company threatening to leave California, Democrats and Republicans are squabbling even more over who’s to blame, and some key Republican lawmakers are dismissing a plan that Democratic leaders say will help Californians get back to work.


California Takes Action To Change Presidential Election Process

A nationwide effort to elect the president of the United States based on the popular vote rather than the current Electoral College system passed the California legislature Friday.


Lawmaker Seeks To End California Parole Law

A state senator is seeking to halt a new law that allows unsupervised parole for thousands of ex-convicts.

CBS San Francisco–05/14/2011

California State Capitol

California Lawmakers Keeping Schedules Private

The legislative committees that oversee the offices of California’s 120 state senators and Assembly members refused formal requests to release lawmakers’ daily calendars.

CBS San Francisco–05/04/2011


Rave Legislation Proposed After Bay Area Deaths At Cow Palace

Legislation will be introduced in Sacramento Wednesday afternoon that would establish strict safety guidelines for raves and other large events on state-owned property.


soda, soft drinks

California To Consider Tax On Sugary Sodas

The California state legislature is about to take up a bill that would tax soda and other sugary drinks with the money raised going to schools to pay for education and children’s health programs.


California State Capitol in Sacramento (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Budget List A Byproduct Of GOP Frustration

When Gov. Jerry Brown announced last week that he was ending budget negotiations with Republicans he rejected a lengthy list of requests GOP lawmakers wanted in exchange for their votes.

CBS San Francisco–04/03/2011