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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.


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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

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Phil Matier: Poll Gauges Voters’ Thoughts About Brown’s Performance

The survey released Tuesday shows 48 percent of registered voters approve of Gov. Brown’s initial performance as governor, while 21 percent disapprove and nearly one-third have no opinion.


California Governor Jerry Brown (AP)

Brown Meets With Lawmakers To Pitch Budget Plan

California lawmakers can’t avoid making tough choices after the recent mortgage meltdown and credit crisis unmasked the state’s structural deficit, said Gov. Jerry Brown in launching a new round of legislative visits Tuesday to sell his budget-balancing plan.

CBS San Francisco–02/08/2011

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California Lawmakers Promote Clean Energy Standards

The California Legislature’s Democratic leaders on Wednesday promised quick passage of measures they said will position the state as the national leader in developing clean energy alternatives and green jobs.

CBS San Francisco–02/02/2011

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Schwarzenegger To Propose ‘Ugly Cuts’ In Budget Plan

Gov. Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear says to “expect ugly cuts” as the governor makes one final attempt to balance the budget.


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

Democrats Gain More Sway In California Legislature

Democrats retained control of both legislative chambers and won a major victory in this week’s elections when voters approved Proposition 25, lowering the threshold to pass a state budget from a two-thirds vote to a simple majority.

CBS San Francisco–11/03/2010

CA Bill Would Delay Kindergarten for 4-Year-Olds

California would delay kindergarten for thousands of youngsters under a bill approved by the state Senate.