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.
The state Senate has approved a bill making it a misdemeanor to store a firearm where it is accessible to a child.
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.
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.
The state Senate has approved a bill outlawing so-called “revenge porn,” which lawmakers say is an increasing problem on the Internet.
Minimum-wage workers in California would see their first raises in six years under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.
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.
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.
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.
Democrats 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.