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24-Hour Transportation Service For Drunk CA Senators Paid For By TaxpayersOne legislative chief of staff confirmed that the service is intended to prevent drunk driving by legislators.
California Bills Aim To Help Young Offenders Seal Criminal RecordsJuvenile records would automatically be sealed from public view after the offender has completed probation under SB1038 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.
Phil Matier: State’s Democrats Lose Supermajority But Keep Republicans On SidelinesWith two State Senators taking leaves of absence, California Democrats have had to bid farewell to their prized supermajority in Sacramento. But what does that mean? Probably just business as usual.
California Senate Passes Bill Making Improper Gun Storage A CrimeThe state Senate has approved a bill making it a misdemeanor to store a firearm where it is accessible to a child.
Assembly Passes Bill Allowing Prosecutor Discretion On Drug OffensesThe state Assembly has approved a bill that gives county prosecutors the option of charging lower-level, non-violent drug offenses as misdemeanors instead of felonies.
California Senate Passes Bill Allowing Non-Physicians To Perform AbortionsA bill that would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform a type of early abortion is one step away from the governor.
California Senate Approves Bill Outlawing 'Revenge Porn'The state Senate has approved a bill outlawing so-called “revenge porn,” which lawmakers say is an increasing problem on the Internet.
California Bill To Raise Minimum Wage Passes In Assembly; Goes Before SenateMinimum-wage workers in California would see their first raises in six years under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.
California State Senate Rejects Plastic Bag BanThe state Senate has rejected a bill that would have phased out the use of single-use plastic checkout bags in grocery, drug and convenience stores.
Changes To California's Election System Produced More Competitive Races, Record TurnoverFor the first time, California had an open primary system in which the top two candidates, regardless of party, advanced to November. And they ran in districts drawn by a nonpartisan commission instead of by lawmakers protecting their own safe seats.
Phil Matier: Supermajority Poses Its Own Set of Problems For California LegislatureThe possibility that a supermajority of Democrats will control both houses of the California Legislature does not guarantee an end to the gridlock in Sacramento.
Democrats Gain Supermajority In California Senate, Close In On AssemblyDemocrats gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate following Tuesday’s election, bringing them close to the ability to pass tax increases without the need for Republican votes.
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