Democrats Gain More Power With Supermajority In California LegislatureDemocrats gained supermajorities in the California legislature, allowing them to override a governor's veto, pass emergency laws and raise taxes.
California May Ban State-Paid Trips To Protest Anti-Gay LawsCalifornia lawmakers are advancing a ban on publicly funded travel to states that have laws restricting the rights of gay or transgender individuals.
47 California Legislators Ask Gov. Brown To Call Special Session To Deal With DroughtA bipartisan group of 47 state Assembly members delivered a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday asking him to declare a special session to tackle problems related to California's ongoing drought.
California Lawmakers Pass Strict School Vaccination Bill; Legislation Headed To GovernorA controversial bill that makes it harder for parents to opt out of childhood vaccinations faces one more vote in the state legislature Monday before California’s Gov. Brown weighs in.
State Lawmakers To Vote On $117.5 Billion Budget That Boosts Social Spending, Tempting Showdown With BrownCalifornia’s social service programs suffered deep cuts in the last recession, and now Democrats who control both houses of the Legislature want to increase spending on them as the state rebounds.
Change.org Petition Aims To Shame California Lawmakers Into Finding New Water SourcesThere's nothing subtle about the latest petition demanding that California politicians solve the state's water crisis.
Proposed Law To Require Vaccination For Schoolchildren Faces Long Slog Through LegislatureCalifornia lawmakers will take another vote on a controversial bill that would force most children in the state to get recommended vaccinations before they are allowed to attend public schools
State Lawmakers' Offices Rake In Money For 'Select' Committees That Do LittleCalifornia lawmakers received $6.7 million in staff costs in the last two-year session by leading special committees that don't have to meet or propose bills.
Fight Over Tax Revenues Looms Between Gov. Brown, Democratic LegislatorsDemocrats in the Legislature, eager to expand programs that suffered cuts during the economic downturn, are heading toward a showdown with Gov. Brown over the budget surplus and Prop. 30 tax revenues.
Why California Wasn't The First State To Legalize Recreational MarijuanaIn the election a few weeks ago, two more states and Washington, D.C. voted to legalize marijuana. The question is: why hasn’t California?
State Legislature Pushing Multiple Bills To Make Covered California More Accessible And Affordable The state legislature is wrapping up its summer business next week and a consumer group is pushing hard for passage of four bills dealing with Covered California, with hopes of cutting down out-of-pocket costs.
California Plans To Vote On New Water Bond Measure For November ElectionPressed by a deadline and California's severe drought, state lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a measure that would swap out an existing water bond on the November ballot.
State Senator Presents Tesla’s CEO With 'Golden' Shovel; Courting Auto Maker’s Multi-Billion Dollar Battery Factory State Sen. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) visited Tesla Motors’ Palo Alto headquarters Friday to deliver a golden shovel to as a gift and a hint to the electric car maker’s CEO and founder, Elon Musk.
California Bill Would Ban 'Extortion' By Mugshot Websites Seeking Payment To Remove Suspect PhotosA bill that would ban profit making off mugshots is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. There are at least 80 Internet companies that post mugshots and then offer to remove them for a price.
Study Finds California Has Most Polarized LegislatureUsing voting records and a national survey, two political science professors ranked all 50 state legislatures according to how far apart their left wing and right wing politicians are. California blew away the competition. Colorado and Arizona and Washington followed the Golden State.