Legislature

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

Surprise Resignation Costs Dems State Senate Supermajority

A Democratic state senator from the Central Valley has resigned unexpectedly, dropping Democrats below the two-thirds threshold they need to pass tax changes or override vetoes.

02/22/2013

California State Capitol

Phil Matier: New Push To Trim Majority Needed To Raise Taxes

It’s long been the talk of Sacramento – and beyond – but now it appears the State of California may be closer than ever before to adjusting the percentage of support needed to approve sales tax measures on California ballots, from two-thirds of the vote to just 55%.

01/08/2013

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

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

Melissa Griffin: Return Of Legislature Sets Up Flurry Of California Lawmaking

The calm is ending; the storm is here. The California state legislature is back in session and they are going to be very, very busy because they only have until January 25 to submit all the bills they are going to hear this session.

01/07/2013

Ryan Andresen of Moraga was kicked out of the Boy Scouts after 12 years and denied the rank of Eagle Scout after coming out as gay. (Andresen family photo)

California Honors Gay Teen Kicked Out Of Boy Scouts

Assembly Speaker John Perez, who is openly gay himself, will recognize 18-year-old Ryan Andresen at the opening legislative session at noon.

12/03/2012

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

Gov. Brown Calls Special Session On Health Care Reform

Gov. Jerry Brown is telling California lawmakers that he will call a special legislative session on health care at the end of the year.

08/17/2012

A model for the planned new stadium of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara. (CBS)

Melissa Griffin: Lawmakers Back To Work; Santa Clara Stadium Fight Begins

With legislative recess over, our lawmakers are back in Sacramento to complete the business for the year, and that includes legislation addressing a recent issue over the 49ers Santa Clara stadium.

08/07/2012

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

Fact Check: California Democrats Not Done With Budget

Democratic lawmakers say they balanced California’s budget and passed it on time for the second year in a row. But is the budget really done? No.

06/19/2012

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

California Lawmakers Pass Budget, But Work Unfinished

Democratic lawmakers have approved a plan to balance California’s $15.7 billion deficit without Gov. Jerry Brown’s endorsement so they can keep collecting their paychecks.

06/15/2012

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

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

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