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California State Senate

California State Capitol

Democrats’ Supermajority Down By 2 In State Senate

Senate Democrats are beginning the new two-year session Monday with a 27-vote supermajority — instead of 29 votes — because Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino and Juan Vargas of San Diego resigned their seats last week after being elected to Congress.

01/06/2013

California State Capitol

Supermajority Holds Promise, Peril For California Democrats

With supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature, Democrats have a historic opportunity to push their agenda on issues such as tax reform, workers’ rights and changing the initiative process.

11/15/2012

California State Capitol

Democrats Gain Supermajority In California Assembly

Democrats have gained a supermajority in the state Assembly, giving California’s majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose.

11/14/2012

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

Democrats Gain Supermajority In California Senate, Close In On Assembly

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.

11/07/2012

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

Voters Pass Prop. 40, Uphold State Senate Boundaries

A majority voted “yes” on Proposition 40 on Tuesday after the original challengers dropped their opposition to the new political boundaries.

11/06/2012

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

North Bay Lawmaker’s Bill Targets Fast-Food Restaurant Playgrounds

Playgrounds at fast-food restaurants will have to meet strict cleaning standards if a bill approved by the Senate becomes law.

08/21/2012

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California Senate Scrutinizes Tax Exempt Status Of Nonprofit Hospitals

The State Senate has convened a panel to consider whether nonprofit hospitals in California provide enough charity care to deserve the tax-exempt status that grants them huge tax breaks and subsidies.

08/16/2012

Construction workers on the deck of the new Bay Bridge eastern span as a strand of the self-anchored suspension span cable is put into place. (CBS)

Bay Bridge’s New Eastern Span Safety At Center Of Next Week’s State Senate Hearings

Despite reports in the Sacramento Bee that a state inspector falsified some test results, Caltrans insists repeated testing of the new Bay Bridge’s eastern span concrete foundation will show it is safe.

08/08/2012

California High-Speed Rail

California Lawmakers OK Funding For High-Speed Rail Line

California lawmakers have approved billions of dollars in construction financing for the first segment of what would be the nation’s first dedicated high-speed rail line.

07/06/2012

CA high speed rail

Assembly Approves $4.5 Billion In California High-Speed Rail Funding

The California Assembly has approved legislation authorizing about $4.5 billion in state bond funding for a high-speed rail system backed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

07/05/2012

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