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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

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

North Bay Lawmaker’s Bill Targets Fast-Food Restaurant Playgrounds

Playgrounds at fast-food restaurants will have to meet strict cleaning standards if a bill approved by the Senate becomes law.

08/21/2012

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California Senate Scrutinizes Tax Exempt Status Of Nonprofit Hospitals

The State Senate has convened a panel to consider whether nonprofit hospitals in California provide enough charity care to deserve the tax-exempt status that grants them huge tax breaks and subsidies.

08/16/2012

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

California State Senate Leader Apologizes For Pulling TV Plug On Tax Hearing

The leader of the California State Senate has apologized for his office’s last-minute decision not to televise a legislative hearing that included testimony about Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative.

08/13/2012

A foreclosure sign hangs on a fence in front of a foreclosed home on April 6, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

East Bay Lawmaker Pusing New Protections For Renters

Just days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed California’s so-called “homeowner bill of rights” into law, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) is pushing for new protection for renters.

07/16/2012

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 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

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

California Voters Pass Proposition 28, Reforming Term Limits

The measure would reduce the total number of years lawmakers can serve in the Legislature, but it would allow them to serve all 12 years in one house.

06/05/2012

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