Poll Finds Most Californians Favor Saving Budget SurplusMost Californians favor paying down the state's debts and building a reserve over additional spending for social services, according to a poll released Wednesday that provides a boost for Gov. Jerry Brown's budget plan.
California Lawmakers Pass Series Of Gun Control BillsThe bills that passed between the Senate and the Assembly would expand the list of people who are prohibited from owning firearms, require permits and a fee when buying ammunition, and ban semi-automatic rifles with detachable ammunition magazines.
UC Faculty Blasts Bill To Expand Online CoursesUniversity of California faculty members are criticizing a state lawmaker's proposal to allow public college students to earn degree credit for online courses from outside education providers.
Phil Matier: Lawmakers Take Aim At California's Environmental PolicyAn effort to water down one of California's landmark environmental laws is moving forward in Sacramento.
California Lawmakers Consider Range Of Gun Control MeasuresCalifornia lawmakers promised Tuesday to move cautiously as they consider tighter restrictions on handguns, assault rifles and ammunition purchases, proposals that would add to state regulations already among the toughest in the nation.
With Tax Hikes Passed, Calif. Lawmakers Seek Broad AgendaLawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday with a wide-ranging agenda that includes revisions to school funding, gun control laws and environmental regulations.
Calif. State Senate Leader Seeks Mental Health Focus After Connecticut ShootingWhile much of the political debate nationally and here in the Bay Area is centering on gun control following last week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the head of California’s State Senate wants the focus to shift towards mental health.
Democrats Gain Supermajority In California Senate, Close In On AssemblyDemocrats 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.
New California Law Changes School Performance ReportsGov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to reduce the use of standardized tests in calculating the annual rankings for California schools.
Phil Matier: State Senate Leader Pushes For Change In How Schools Are GradedState Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is pushing for a new bill that would put less emphasis on student test scores when doling out report cards for schools in the state.
California State Senate Leader Apologizes For Pulling TV Plug On Tax HearingThe 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.
New California Budget Crafted To Influence VotersGov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers have long warned of dire consequences if California voters reject a proposed tax hike on the November ballot.
Governor Brown Signs California Budget Relying On Tax ProposalGov. Jerry Brown signed a new budget for California on Wednesday that relies heavily on voters approving his proposed tax hikes in November.
California Lawmakers Set Budget Vote As Deadline LoomsWith 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.
Democrats Talk California Budget Ahead Of Friday DeadlineDemocratic legislative leaders are meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown as they chase a Friday deadline to approve a state budget that addresses California’s nearly $16 billion deficit.