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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.


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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.



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.


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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.


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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


The floor of the California Assembly during a recent session. (Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

Decision At Hand On Prop 28 Term Limit Tweak

Californians were deciding whether to tweak legislative term limits to allow lawmakers to remain in either the Assembly or Senate for up to 12 years.


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Palo Alto Lawmaker’s Bill Would Restrict Use Of Red-Light Cameras

The state Senate has approved restrictions on governments’ use of traffic cameras to catch drivers who run red lights.