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.
California voters appear ready to approve two statewide initiatives on the June 5 ballot, Proposition 28 to shorten legislator term limits and Proposition 29 to increase cigarette taxes, according to a new poll.
The state Senate has approved what supporters say would be the nation’s first ban on a form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight.
Proposition 28 on the June 5 primary ballot would reduce the total number of years lawmakers can serve in the Legislature from 14 to 12, but it would allow them to serve all of that in one house.
A judge has affirmed an earlier ruling that the state controller does not have authority to withhold lawmakers’ pay when the Legislature fails to pass a balanced budget on time.
A bill up for debate in the California Senate Transportation Committee would make bike riders subject to fines similar to those imposed on drivers who are caught using a mobile device behind the wheel.
Republicans are urging the California Supreme Court to dump newly drawn state Senate districts planned for this year’s election.
The MTC approved the $93 million purchase of a building on Main St. between Harrison and Folsom streets in mid-October by a vote of 8-to-6. Two members were absent.
California’s State Assembly and Senate budgets have been made public but some critics, including Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, are calling the Friday night document dump bogus.
The state’s Assembly Public Safety Committee has voted in favor of a bill that would get rid of the death penalty in California.