State Senate

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

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

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