California Senate

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California Bill Would Ban E-Cigarettes In Bars, Public Buildings

SB140 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would classify the devices that heat liquid nicotine into vapor as tobacco products similar to cigarettes. That would prohibit Californians from using the devices in restaurants, buses, hospitals and other places they cannot smoke.

01/27/2015

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Lawmakers Pass Bills On Guns And Ammo

The bills are designed help prevent tragedies such as the May shooting rampage near U.C. Santa Barbara.

08/22/2014

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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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