California State Legislature Approves $108 Billion BudgetMoving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline, the state Legislature on Sunday approved California’s $108 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year.
Seafood Fraud Crackdown Promised In New Labelling BillIn DNA testing by a conservation group, over 40 percent of seafood samples from California restaurants were not the fish that was on the menu, and that's prompting the legislature to consider making labeling rules clearer.
State Lawmakers Getting A RaiseCalifornia lawmakers and statewide elected officials will have a little extra cash in their pockets this holiday season, as their paychecks rise by more than 5 percent starting Sunday.
Bill Eases Path for Firing Teachers for MisconductThe state Legislature has passed a bill intended to speed and streamline the process for dismissing teachers accused of misconduct, despite the opinion of some that the measure should be improved, possibly next year.
Gov. Brown, Legislature To Fix Public Records Bill After Media OutcrySeeking to quell a media outcry over access to public records, the governor's administration on Thursday said it agrees with a fix-it bill moving through the Legislature that restores a mandate for local governments to comply with document requests.
Surprise Resignation Costs Dems State Senate SupermajorityA 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.
Phil Matier: New Push To Trim Majority Needed To Raise TaxesIt's long been the talk of Sacramento - and beyond - but now it appears the State of California may be closer than ever before to adjusting the percentage of support needed to approve sales tax measures on California ballots, from two-thirds of the vote to just 55%.
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.
Melissa Griffin: Return Of Legislature Sets Up Flurry Of California LawmakingThe calm is ending; the storm is here. The California state legislature is back in session and they are going to be very, very busy because they only have until January 25 to submit all the bills they are going to hear this session.
California Honors Gay Teen Kicked Out Of Boy ScoutsAssembly Speaker John Perez, who is openly gay himself, will recognize 18-year-old Ryan Andresen at the opening legislative session at noon.
Gov. Brown Calls Special Session On Health Care ReformGov. Jerry Brown is telling California lawmakers that he will call a special legislative session on health care at the end of the year.
Melissa Griffin: Lawmakers Back To Work; Santa Clara Stadium Fight BeginsWith legislative recess over, our lawmakers are back in Sacramento to complete the business for the year, and that includes legislation addressing a recent issue over the 49ers Santa Clara stadium.
Fact Check: California Democrats Not Done With BudgetDemocratic 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.
California Lawmakers Pass Budget, But Work UnfinishedDemocratic lawmakers have approved a plan to balance California’s $15.7 billion deficit without Gov. Jerry Brown’s endorsement so they can keep collecting their paychecks.
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.