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San Ardo oil fields in Monterey County. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Expected To Sign Fracking Bill, Environmentalists Disapprove

A landmark bill regulating hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is expected to win final approval in the state Senate on Thursday. Governor Jerry Brown says he will sign it into law, but the state’s major environmental groups no longer support the bill.

09/12/2013

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California State Senate Approves Dropping Standardized Tests

The state Senate has approved a bill that would end traditional standardized testing of students in reading, math and social science, as the top federal education official threatened to withhold federal funds if the measure becomes law.

09/10/2013

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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Former North Bay Lawmaker Patricia Wiggins Dies

Patricia Wiggins, a former state lawmaker who represented areas north of San Francisco for more than a decade, died Thursday.

08/15/2013

California State Capitol

California Legislature Passes $96.3B Democratic Budget

California’s State Senate has passed a $96.3 billion budget one day ahead of deadline as GOP warns that spending will lead to future imbalance.

06/14/2013

California State Senator Ron Calderon, D-Los Angeles County. (California State Senate)

FBI Raids Office Of California State Senator

The FBI searched the offices of a California state senator and the Legislature’s Latino caucus on Tuesday but would not disclose the reason for the investigation.

06/04/2013

Treasurer Bill Lockyer

California Treasurer Bill Lockyer Announces Retirement

Lockyer, 72, who served on the California state Senate and Assembly starting in 1973, then became state attorney general in 1999 and was elected as treasurer in 2006.

06/03/2013

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

Marijuana is poured from a jar at at medical marijuana dispensary. (David McNew/Getty Images)

State Senate OKs New Regulations For Calif. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The measure is intended to restrict dispensaries that federal prosecutors say had grown out of control in California, where voters first supported legalizing cannabis to treat illness in 1996.

05/20/2013

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State Senate Bill To Keep Alcohol Sales Flowing Until 4 AM Voted Down

A State Senate bill to keep alcohol sales flowing until 4 a.m. was shot down on a four to six vote partly because of drunk driving concerns during morning commuter hours.

04/23/2013

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