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Legislative Leaders Examine Impact Of 3 Suspended State Senators

State Sens. Leland Yee, Ron Calderon or Roderick Wright are not allowed back in Senate chambers, or their Capitol and district offices.

04/01/2014

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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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State Lawmakers Promise Fiscal Prudence With California’s Budget Surplus

The independent Legislative Analyst’s Office is projecting a $3.2 billion surplus, the first one in years, and many Democratic constituencies have their eye on the money

01/06/2014

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Bill Eases Path For Firing Teachers For Misconduct

The state Senate 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.

09/12/2013

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UPDATED: Democrats Spar Over Delaying Calif. Prison Order

In a direct slap to Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday rejected his plan for dealing with California’s prison crisis, throwing the state’s response to a federal court order into chaos.

08/28/2013

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Bill Would Outlaw Growing Problem Of ‘Revenge Porn’

The state Senate has approved a bill outlawing so-called “revenge porn,” which lawmakers say is an increasing problem on the Internet.

08/15/2013

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Calif. Lawmakers Vote To End Loophole In 1870s Rape Law

The state Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would close a loophole in California law that resulted in a rape conviction being overturned because the victim was not married.

08/15/2013

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Senate Approves Public Records Amendment

The state Senate has approved a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the public’s right to inspect local government public records while shifting the cost away from the state budget.

07/03/2013

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Democrats’ Supermajority In California Sign Of Shrinking Republican Party

Democrats saw a big victory at the polls Tuesday after voters gave the party a super majority in the state.

11/07/2012

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Democrats Gain Supermajority In California Senate

Democrats gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate following Tuesday’s election, giving them the ability to pass tax increases and take other steps without the need for Republican votes.

11/07/2012

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Senate Gets Bill Regulating Health Insurance Rates

A key legislative committee approved a bill Thursday to give state regulators the power to reject proposed health insurance rate increases, but the measure faces a stiff fight on the California Senate floor.

08/25/2011

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Calif. Senate Adds ‘Sexting’ To School Infractions

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — So-called “sexting” would be added to the list of infractions that school officials can cite to expel students under a bill passed by the state Senate.   Senators on Tuesday […]

06/01/2011

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