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State Lawmakers Vote To Speed Up Water Projects Meant To Bring Relief, Fund Infrastructure Projects

California lawmakers are considering a plan to speed up more than $1 billion in water spending as the drought persists.

03/25/2015

child care legislation

California Bill Would Have State Help Cover Working Parents’ Child Care Costs

“It’s been many times I’ve been let go from jobs because I couldn’t find child care,” said child care advocate Shavone Brown. Now she can afford childcare with a good paying job from the state. But years ago, it was a different story for the single mother of two.

02/18/2015

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Lawmakers Approve Statewide Ban On Plastic Bags

Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

08/29/2014

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Scandals Prompt Ethics Bills From Senate Democrats

Stung by criminal charges against two colleagues, the leader of the state Senate and other Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed tightening rules on lawmakers and lobbyists.

03/06/2014

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Bills Moving Through California Legislature Strengthen Campaign Reporting Laws

Bills advancing through the Legislature would give California’s campaign watchdog agency more power and require political nonprofits to reveal their donors.

02/20/2014

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Calif. Lawmakers Alter Votes On Budget, Gun Bills

While the state Legislature remains in session most of the year, action on the most high-profile bills tends to be clustered in the days leading up to several deadlines.

07/28/2013

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California Lawmakers Funnel Windfall Into Raises

The compensation commission approved restoring wages back to the 2011 levels by a 5-1 vote.

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California Lawmakers Moving Forward With New Health Insurance Rules

California lawmakers have taken their first step toward passing new consumer protections under the federal health care overhaul, such as guaranteeing coverage even with pre-existing conditions

02/28/2013

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Rural Fire-Prevention Fee Headed Back To California Legislature

An annual fire-prevention fee that is unpopular with some rural property owners is headed back before the state Legislature, as Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to expand its use and opponents try to kill it.

02/18/2013

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Bill Would Force California Gun Owners To Buy Insurance

Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require California gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover any damages or injuries caused by their weapons.

02/05/2013

Assault Weapons

Calif. Bill Seeks To Tighten Assault Weapons Law

Legislation that has the backing of California’s attorney general would close a loophole in the nation’s toughest assault weapons law, making it more difficult for guns to be swiftly reloaded with high-capacity magazines.

08/04/2012

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Ruling Undermines Measure Blocking Lawmakers’ Pay

A judge’s tentative decision siding with state lawmakers appears to undermine a voter-approved law that bans lawmakers from getting paid if they fail to pass a balanced budget on time.

04/25/2012

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