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A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: California’s Lawmakers Get A Pay Raise

California state lawmakers are receiving more in their pay checks, as a raise went into effect on Monday. The California Citizens Compensation Commission approved the increase of more than five percent back in June.

12/02/2013

Marijuana is poured from a jar at at medical marijuana dispensary. (David McNew/Getty Images)

State Senate OKs New Regulations For Calif. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The measure is intended to restrict dispensaries that federal prosecutors say had grown out of control in California, where voters first supported legalizing cannabis to treat illness in 1996.

05/20/2013

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Bill Would Give Parents Control Of Personal Information On Networking Sites

The state Senate has passed a bill that would allow parents to remove their children’s personal information from social networking sites.

05/03/2013

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State Senate Bill To Keep Alcohol Sales Flowing Until 4 AM Voted Down

A State Senate bill to keep alcohol sales flowing until 4 a.m. was shot down on a four to six vote partly because of drunk driving concerns during morning commuter hours.

04/23/2013

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CA Senator’s Departure For Chevron Job Is Major Blow To Dem Agenda

State Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) has resigned to join Chevron, leaving the push for environmental reforms in the lurch.

02/25/2013

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 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)

Democrats Gain Supermajority In California Senate, Close In On Assembly

Democrats gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate following Tuesday’s election, bringing them close to the ability to pass tax increases without the need for Republican votes.

11/07/2012

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

Voters Pass Prop. 40, Uphold State Senate Boundaries

A majority voted “yes” on Proposition 40 on Tuesday after the original challengers dropped their opposition to the new political boundaries.

11/06/2012

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

California Lawmakers Approve Pension Changes Supported By Brown

The state Legislature has approved a package of changes to California’s public employee pension system that is expected to save taxpayers billions of dollars, even as Republican lawmakers said much more needs to be done.

08/31/2012

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