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SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 19: California Gov. Jerry Brown (C) walks with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (L) and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (R) enroute to a news conference to announce emergency drought legislation on March 19, 2015 in Sacramento, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce emergency legislation that aims to assist local communities that are struggling with devastating drought. The $1 billion package is designed to expedite bond funding to help ensure that all Californians have access to local water supplies. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Senate Leader Will Miss $1 Billion Drought Relief Vote For Japan Trip

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced Friday that he and two senators will leave next Thursday for a 10-day trip to meet with Japanese government officials on transportation, clean energy and climate change.

03/20/2015

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Daycare Director Supports State’s Push For Workers To Get Measles Vaccine

Senate Bill 792 may give those parents an extra sense of peace. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Tony Mendoza, requires all home family daycare and daycare center workers to be vaccinated against measles and other viruses.

03/05/2015

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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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