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

California Assembly Approves Bill Allowing More Than 2 Parents

The California Assembly has approved a bill that would allow children to have more than two legal parents.


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

California Children Could Have More Than 2 Parents Under Bill

A bill by San Francisco Democratic Sen. Mark Leno would allow judges to recognize multiple parents in cases where children would be best served by several parental relationships.



California State Senate Rejects Lower Penalty For Drug Possession

State senators have rejected a bid to make California the 14th state to end felony penalties for those convicted of possessing small amounts of drugs for personal use.



Bill To Reduce Punishment For Drug Possession Finding Support

San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno is more and more optimistic that his bill, which would reduce punishment for possession of small amounts of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, will pass the full state senate when it is voted on next week.


A box is filled with marijuana plants at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco (AP)

Bay Area Lawmakers Ask Feds To End Pot Club Crackdown

Two Bay Area state legislators called on federal prosecutors Wednesday to “cease your senseless assault” on medical marijuana dispensaries, but at the same time said they want to talk to U.S. officials.



Gov. Brown Signs Bill Lifting Ban On Infused Alcoholic Drinks

Cocktail purveyors statewide will soon have flavorful new options to choose from since Gov. Jerry Brown signed a senate bill Wednesday lifting the ban on infused alcoholic beverages.


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Opponents Of California Gay History Law Seek Referendum

California’s secretary of state on Tuesday cleared a group to begin collecting signatures for a ballot referendum to overturn a first-in-the-nation law requiring public schools to teach the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies lessons.

CBS San Francisco–07/26/2011

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Gov. Brown Signs Landmark Gay History Law

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a landmark bill adding lessons about gay history to social studies classes in California’s public schools.

CBS San Francisco–07/14/2011

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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 Governor Jerry Brown

Brown Working With Democrats On New Budget Compromise

Governor Jerry Brown could submit a new plan for a balanced budget as early as Wednesday, after vetoing the one passed by the legislature last week.