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Dried and cracked earth is visible on an unplanted field at a farm on April 29, 2014 near Mendota, California.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Farmers Urge Gov. Brown To Veto Legislation That Would Regulate Pumping California’s Groundwater

California Central Valley farmers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to veto legislation that would regulate the pumping of well water in California for the first time.

09/15/2014

Police drone. (CBS)

Ban On Warrantless Drone Use By Law Enforcement Passes California State Senate

The California State Senate passed legislation Thursday night that would, in most cases, require law enforcement and other government agencies to get a warrant before gathering information with an unmanned aircraft.

08/27/2014

State Sen. Mark Leno is confident a new Kill-Switch bill will pass the Senate.

Kill Switch Legislation Passes Assembly, Now Heads Back To State Senate For Vote

The bill by state Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco is headed back to the Senate for a final vote on amendments.

08/07/2014

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California Considers Gun Restriction Law For Mentally Unstable People After Isla Vista Killing Rampage

California could become the first state to allow family members, licensed therapists and health care providers to petition a judge to take firearms from someone who has shown signs that they could harm others or themselves.

08/04/2014

Murder Suspect Elliot Rodger DOB 7/24/91

Isla Vista Massacre Prompts New California Gun Legislation Forcing Officers To Check Firearm Registration Records During Routine ‘Welfare Checks’

Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

06/11/2014

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

Phil Matier: Legislators Opting To Vote In Capitol Building Hallways Instead Of On The Floor

Bills that could have a big impact on Bay Area residents have failed this week in the state Senate, including a proposal that would have strengthened the Ellis Act, as it applies to landlords in San Francisco.

05/29/2014

Bullet holes are seen in the window of the IV Deli Mart, one of several crime scenes on May 24, 2014 in Isla Vista, California. (Spencer Weiner/Getty Images)

Bay Area Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Create Gun Violence Restraining Order, In Wake Of Isla Vista Rampage

The bill would let authorities confiscate guns from someone who threatens to commit violence, like the gunman in the massacre near UC Santa Barbara.

05/28/2014

A wine tasting bill passes California Assembly. (Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Underage College Students One Sip Closer To Tasting Wine In Class Thanks To State Bill

It would be legal for underage college students aspiring to be winemakers and brewers to taste what they produce under a bill approved by the state Assembly.

05/16/2014

Mark DeSaulnier

State Senator Targets CEO Super Salaries In Proposed Bill

California state senator Mark DeSaulnier, speaking with KPIX 5’s Phil Matier on Sunday, defended a proposed bill which would punish corporations that pay their chief executives more than a hundred times the median wage of their workers.

05/04/2014

Apple's iPhone 5C model (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

State Senators Explain Why Smartphone ‘Kill Switch’ Failed, KPIX 5 Reporter Robbed Of Device

State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said money may have been one reason his fellow State Senators may have refused to go along with a bill that would require mandatory kill switches that would make stolen phones useless.

04/25/2014

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