It includes Gov. Jerry Brown’s original plan to lease cells in private prisons and county jails if the court sticks to its year-end deadline for reducing the prison population by about 9,600 inmates.
California’s four-decade-old environmental protection law has been credited with saving habitat, reducing air pollution and giving residents a voice against deep-pocketed developers.
Two California lawmakers want to end the Legislature’s practice of jamming major bills through at the 11th hour.
A bid to close a $1 billion corporate tax loophole in exchange for providing tuition relief for middle class Californians has failed at the end of the legislative session.
Californians are deciding whether to tweak legislative term limits to allow lawmakers to remain in either the Assembly or Senate for up to 12 years.
Exercising their new majority-vote authority, California Democrats on Tuesday closed the remainder of what had been a gaping budget deficit by relying on a combination of deep spending cuts, optimistic revenue projections and new fees that are sure to be challenged in court.
With budget cuts continuing to threaten California’s state parks, two bills up for consideration this week would open the door for local governments or private contractors to keep parks open if the state shuts them.
California lawmakers convened Wednesday to take up a budget package aimed at closing the state’s $26.6 billion deficit — a plan that has sharply divided Democrats and Republicans.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a fiscal emergency and is asking lawmakers to meet in a special session to save the state $9.9 billion over the next two years.