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Calif. State Lawmakers Returning From Recess, Face Hundreds Of Bills

Lawmakers return from their spring recess this week focusing on hundreds of bills that have to pass from one house to the other by the end of May, but the most contentious issues will come later.

04/20/2014

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States Wrestle With Developing, Restricting Drones

Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations.

03/11/2014

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Utah Supreme Court Puts Same-Sex Marriages On Hold

Gay couples in Utah were thrust into legal limbo Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in the state, turning jubilation to doubt just weeks after a judge’s ruling sent people rushing to get married.

01/06/2014

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Lawmakers Approve Health Insurance Protections

State lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of consumer protection bills Monday that prevent health insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions and limit how much more insurers can charge older residents.

04/29/2013

Same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin of Oaklyn, New Jersey, holds a gay marriage pride flag while standing in front of the Supreme Court November 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. With the Supreme Court building draped in a photo-realistic sheet during a repair and preservation project, the justices met today to consider hearing several cases dealing with the rights of gay couples who are married, want to get married or are in domestic partnerships.  (Credit: Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Pres. Obama To Urge U.S. Supreme Court To Overturn Gay Marriage Ban

The Obama administration on Thursday will ask the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage and take a skeptical view of similar bans, according to a person familiar with the government’s legal filing in the case.

02/28/2013

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Open Carry, Homeowner Protection Laws Going Into Effect In Calif. In 2013

Homeowners will have increased protections from foreclosure under some of the hundreds of state laws taking effect with the new year.

12/30/2012