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People walk with groceries in plastic bags in Chinatown in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Sonoma County Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect; Statewide Ban Bill Sits On Governor’s Desk

Sonoma County joins the growing list of jurisdictions in the State of California to impose a ban on plastic shopping bags. The ban went into effect on Monday.

09/01/2014

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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

Rick Welts. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Warriors Exec Rick Welts, Actor George Takei Honored By California Legislature For LGBT Pride Month

Former “Star Trek” actor George Takei is being recognized by the California Legislature as part of its celebration of LGBT Pride Month.

06/23/2014

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Power Struggle In State Senate Over ‘Opt-In’ Requirement For Alternative Power

A power struggle is underway in California’s State Assembly over two simple words that are complicating a bill about where residents get their electricity.

06/11/2014

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Hayashi, Wieckowski Race For California Senate District 10 An Internet Mudslinging Affair

A 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.

05/30/2014

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

Bill Requiring Mandatory ‘Kill-Switch’ In Smartphones Passes California Senate

A bill by state Sen. Mark Leno, that would require all smartphone manufacturers sold in California to come equipped with anti-theft “kill switches” passed its first legislative hurdle on Thursday in the state Senate with a 26-8 vote.

05/08/2014

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Bill To Require EpiPens In Public Schools Faces Opposition From Teachers Union

A California Senate bill would require public schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors on campus in the event a student experiences a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, but those in the medical field are getting push back from the teachers union.

04/28/2014

KPIX 5 reporter Joe Vazquez took this picture of State Sen. Leland Yee leaving the San Francisco federal courthouse after being indicted on March 26, 2014. (CBS)

State Senators Get Ethics Training After Leland Yee Arrest, Other Scandals

State senators participated in a two-hour ethics training session Wednesday, the fallout from a series of legal cases involving Democratic lawmakers this year that have damaged the Legislature’s image.

04/23/2014

Instagram Photo from #KPIXtv showing the senator in a squad car, a photo taken off the screen of another person's camera, and then filtered with the Instagram app.

#LelandYee FBI Raid Explodes On Social Media, Offering Analysis, Depth To Story

In the world capital of social media, where suspected felon and State Senator Leland Yee governs a district incorporating offices of Twitter and satellite offices of Facebook, it’s no surprise that social media is exploding with the #LelandYee discussion, adding nuance and depth to an already riveting plot line.

03/28/2014

California Governor Jerry Brown (R) delivers the State of the State address as Speaker of the Assembly John Perez (L) looks on at the California State Capitol on January 31, 2011 in Sacramento. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Democratic Shakeup At State House Will Benefit Gov. Brown

It’s rare but the two houses of the California Legislature are about to choose two leaders from Southern California: Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as its president pro tem, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, its speaker.

01/24/2014

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