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California Governor Jerry Brown. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Poll Finds Most Californians Favor Saving Budget Surplus

Most Californians favor paying down the state’s debts and building a reserve over additional spending for social services, according to a poll released Wednesday that provides a boost for Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan.

05/29/2013

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California Lawmakers Pass Series Of Gun Control Bills

The bills that passed between the Senate and the Assembly would expand the list of people who are prohibited from owning firearms, require permits and a fee when buying ammunition, and ban semi-automatic rifles with detachable ammunition magazines.

05/29/2013

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UC Faculty Blasts Bill To Expand Online Courses

University of California faculty members are criticizing a state lawmaker’s proposal to allow public college students to earn degree credit for online courses from outside education providers.

03/19/2013

A construction crew prepares a Bay Area roadway. (CBS)

Phil Matier: Lawmakers Take Aim At California’s Environmental Policy

An effort to water down one of California’s landmark environmental laws is moving forward in Sacramento.

02/26/2013

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California Lawmakers Consider Range Of Gun Control Measures

California lawmakers promised Tuesday to move cautiously as they consider tighter restrictions on handguns, assault rifles and ammunition purchases, proposals that would add to state regulations already among the toughest in the nation.

01/29/2013

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

With Tax Hikes Passed, Calif. Lawmakers Seek Broad Agenda

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday with a wide-ranging agenda that includes revisions to school funding, gun control laws and environmental regulations.

01/07/2013

Residents pay tribute to the victims of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 15, 2012.  (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Calif. State Senate Leader Seeks Mental Health Focus After Connecticut Shooting

While much of the political debate nationally and here in the Bay Area is centering on gun control following last week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the head of California’s State Senate wants the focus to shift towards mental health.

12/20/2012

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

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New California Law Changes School Performance Reports

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to reduce the use of standardized tests in calculating the annual rankings for California schools.

09/27/2012

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Phil Matier: State Senate Leader Pushes For Change In How Schools Are Graded

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is pushing for a new bill that would put less emphasis on student test scores when doling out report cards for schools in the state.

08/20/2012

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