Legislature

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California Lawmakers Pass Strict School Vaccination Bill; Legislation Headed To Governor

A controversial bill that makes it harder for parents to opt out of childhood vaccinations faces one more vote in the state legislature Monday before California’s Gov. Brown weighs in.

06/29/2015

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State Lawmakers To Vote On $117.5 Billion Budget That Boosts Social Spending, Tempting Showdown With Brown

California’s social service programs suffered deep cuts in the last recession, and now Democrats who control both houses of the Legislature want to increase spending on them as the state rebounds.

06/14/2015

(Photo via "Stop punishing California Residents"/Elias C.)

Change.org Petition Aims To Shame California Lawmakers Into Finding New Water Sources

There’s nothing subtle about the latest petition demanding that California politicians solve the state’s water crisis.

04/21/2015

Vaccination

Proposed Law To Require Vaccination For Schoolchildren Faces Long Slog Through Legislature

California lawmakers will take another vote on a controversial bill that would force most children in the state to get recommended vaccinations before they are allowed to attend public schools

04/19/2015

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State Lawmakers’ Offices Rake In Money For ‘Select’ Committees That Do Little

California lawmakers received $6.7 million in staff costs in the last two-year session by leading special committees that don’t have to meet or propose bills.

04/04/2015

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

Fight Over Tax Revenues Looms Between Gov. Brown, Democratic Legislators

Democrats in the Legislature, eager to expand programs that suffered cuts during the economic downturn, are heading toward a showdown with Gov. Brown over the budget surplus and Prop. 30 tax revenues.

01/25/2015

Marijuana, pot

Why California Wasn’t The First State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

In the election a few weeks ago, two more states and Washington, D.C. voted to legalize marijuana. The question is: why hasn’t California?

11/17/2014

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State Legislature Pushing Multiple Bills To Make Covered California More Accessible And Affordable

The state legislature is wrapping up its summer business next week and a consumer group is pushing hard for passage of four bills dealing with Covered California, with hopes of cutting down out-of-pocket costs.

08/19/2014

Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino,  January 30, 2014 (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Plans To Vote On New Water Bond Measure For November Election

Pressed by a deadline and California’s severe drought, state lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a measure that would swap out an existing water bond on the November ballot.

08/13/2014

State Sen. Ted Gains attempts to present Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk with a 'golden' shovel. August 8, 2014. (photo credit: Margie Shafer)

State Senator Presents Tesla’s CEO With ‘Golden’ Shovel; Courting Auto Maker’s Multi-Billion Dollar Battery Factory

State Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) visited Tesla Motors’ Palo Alto headquarters Friday to deliver a golden shovel to as a gift and a hint to the electric car maker’s CEO and founder, Elon Musk.

08/08/2014

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