California State Senate

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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