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Voters In Berkeley Pass Tax On Sugary Drinks

Berkeley voters became the first in the country to approve taxing sodas to curb consumption, after costly campaigns by the soda industry helped defeat similar taxes in more than 30 other cities and states in recent years.

11/05/2014

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State Sen. Rod Wright’s Sentencing In Perjury Case Delayed, Again

A judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of California state Sen. Rod Wright for lying about his legal residence, as his defense completes paperwork seeking a new trial.

09/03/2014

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California To Give Legal Aid To Immigrant Minors

Democratic lawmakers say they will approve legislation supported by Gov. Jerry Brown to spend $3 million to provide legal help for unaccompanied children from Central America.

08/21/2014

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Bill Adds ‘Parent’ Box To Birth Certificates

The California Legislature has approved a bill that will modify birth certificates to accommodate same-sex couples who become parents.

08/14/2014

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California Lawmakers OK Stealth Bomber Tax Break

A corporate battle over a giant Pentagon contract to build stealth bombers has spilled into the California Legislature, as state lawmakers grudgingly rushed through a $420 million tax credit before adjourning for their summer recess.

07/03/2014

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Legislature Passes $108 Billion Budget, Hours Before Deadline

Moving swiftly to beat a midnight deadline, the state Assembly has approved the main budget bill for California’s $108 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year.

06/15/2014

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Governor, Lawmakers Face Weekend Budget Deadline

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are trying to work out the final details of a budget for the coming fiscal year that largely adheres to the governor’s call for fiscal prudence while providing a modest boost to social and education programs.

06/12/2014

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Gov. Brown Hails President Obama’s Global Warming Initiative

Gov. Jerry Brown is welcoming President Barack Obama’s global warming initiative and says it shows the administration “is confronting climate change head-on.”

06/02/2014

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Governor Calls Special Session On Rainy-Day Fund

Saying the state’s budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

04/16/2014

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Calderon, Wright Scandals Prompt Ethics Bills From Senate Democrats

Their legislative package would prohibit legislators and their employees from accepting most entertainment-related gifts, such as tickets to sporting events and concerts.

03/06/2014

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California Legislator Wants Affluenza Defense Banned In His State

A California legislator is looking to outlaw the stunning defense used by a Texas teenager who didn’t serve a day in jail in a fatal DUI accident.

02/09/2014

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Calif. Bill Restricts Government Use Of Drones

A bill moving through the California Legislature would establish what supporters say are some of the nation’s strictest standards for the use of drone aircraft by government entities.

01/29/2014

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