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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

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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

(CBS)

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

(CBS)

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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California State Senate Leader Apologizes For Pulling TV Plug On Tax Hearing

The leader of the California State Senate has apologized for his office’s last-minute decision not to televise a legislative hearing that included testimony about Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative.

08/13/2012

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New California Budget Crafted To Influence Voters

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers have long warned of dire consequences if California voters reject a proposed tax hike on the November ballot.

06/28/2012

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Governor Brown Signs California Budget Relying On Tax Proposal

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new budget for California on Wednesday that relies heavily on voters approving his proposed tax hikes in November.

06/27/2012

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California Lawmakers Set Budget Vote As Deadline Looms

With Gov. Jerry Brown refusing to sign off on their plan, Democratic leaders say they are working on two tracks to pass a budget and continue negotiations with the governor on welfare cuts.

06/15/2012

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

Democrats Talk California Budget Ahead Of Friday Deadline

Democratic legislative leaders are meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown as they chase a Friday deadline to approve a state budget that addresses California’s nearly $16 billion deficit.

06/11/2012

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