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

Controller: California Could Face Cash Crunch By March

State Controller John Chiang sent a letter to lawmakers, telling that immediate action needs to be taken or California will run out of cash by early March.


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

California Democrats Sue Controller For Halting Lawmaker Pay

he Legislature’s Democratic leaders have filed a lawsuit against the state controller for blocking lawmakers’ pay last year after deciding they had failed to meet their constitutional deadline for passing a balanced budget.


California Governor Jerry Brown (C) is applauded by Speaker of the Assembly John Perez (L) Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (R) before delivering the State of the State address at the California State Capitol on January 31, 2011 in Sacramento, California. One month after taking office, Gov. Brown delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the California State legislature. (Sullivan/Getty Images)

Momentum Builds For California’s Part-Time Legislature Proposal

Proponents of an initiative that would turn California’s Legislature into a part-time body are already raising money for their cause.


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

End To Lawmaker Perk Could Cost California More In Long Run

California lawmakers are going to lose a big perk this week: their mostly-state-funded cars. Interestingly, though, the change could actually cost taxpayers more in the long run.



Lawmakers Pass Ban On Openly Carrying Unloaded Gun

California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill making it a misdemeanor for openly carrying an unloaded handgun in public, a practice popular among certain gun enthusiasts.


California State Capitol

Democrats, Republicans Spar In Sacramento Over Jobs

With another major company threatening to leave California, Democrats and Republicans are squabbling even more over who’s to blame, and some key Republican lawmakers are dismissing a plan that Democratic leaders say will help Californians get back to work.


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Hefty Fines For Drivers Who Violate Hands-Free Cellphone Law

In an effort to persuade drivers not to break the law, a bill passed by the state legislature, and awaiting the governor’s signature, would raise the penalty from $20 to $309 for a first offense.


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State Legislature Passes Bill To Include Gay History in Schools

A bill that would require California’s public schools to include the history of gay rights in their curricula won final legislative approval on Tuesday.


California State Capitol

In California Budget, Some See A Year Of Magical Thinking

During his State of the State address in January, Gov. Jerry Brown acknowledged California’s deep financial hole but also expressed faith in the state’s ability to rebound and surprise its doubters.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–07/01/2011

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Brown Signs Rare On-Time California Budget

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a rare on-time budget a day before the start of California’s fiscal year, a package that is a combination of spending cuts, fee hikes and the promise of higher tax revenue that might never materialize.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/30/2011