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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

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

Phil Matier: State’s Democrats Lose Supermajority But Keep Republicans On Sidelines

With 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.

03/04/2014

A handgun seized during a police sweep is shown on display at a news conference on May 17, 2013 at the Los Angeles Civic Center in Los Angeles, California. California Attorney General Kamala Harris hosted a meeting of the state's district attorneys to develop recommendations on reducing gun violance. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

California Senate Passes Bill Making Improper Gun Storage A Crime

The state Senate has approved a bill making it a misdemeanor to store a firearm where it is accessible to a child.

09/09/2013

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Assembly Passes Bill Allowing Prosecutor Discretion On Drug Offenses

The 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.

09/04/2013

California State Senators speak during a session of the California State Senate in Sacramento. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Senate Passes Bill Allowing Non-Physicians To Perform Abortions

A 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.

08/26/2013

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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.

08/15/2013

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

California Bill To Raise Minimum Wage Passes In Assembly; Goes Before Senate

Minimum-wage workers in California would see their first raises in six years under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.

05/30/2013

People walk with groceries in plastic bags in Chinatown in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

California State Senate Rejects Plastic Bag Ban

The 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.

05/30/2013

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

Changes To California’s Election System Produced More Competitive Races, Record Turnover

For 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.

11/09/2012

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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