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Embattled State Sen. Ron Calderon Takes Indefinite Leave Of Absence

A California state lawmaker facing federal corruption charges alleging he took kickbacks while in office said Sunday evening he has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Legislature while he awaits trial.


California's Central Valley Impacted By Major Drought

California Legislature Passes $687 Million Drought-Relief Plan

A $687 million drought-relief plan is headed to the governor’s desk after winning overwhelming approval in both houses of the Legislature.


Residents vote in the midterm election at James Madison Middle School November 2, 2010 in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

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.


3 Republican lawmakers are demanding Roderick Wright be ousted from the state senate. (Getty Images)

GOP Lawmakers Say Convicted Senator Should Resign

3 Republican lawmakers are demanding Sen. Roderick Wright be expelled or forced to resign.


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Number Of Women In State Legislature Dropping

The California Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a sizable gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily in representation for nearly a decade — women.


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Legislative Deadline Nears In Calif. For Hundreds Of Bills

Hundreds of bills that failed to pass the Legislature last year face an end-of-the-month deadline to gain initial support, including measures affecting gun owners, the oil industry and farm laborers.


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Legislature Approves California Prison Deal Asking For Deadline Extension From Judges

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.


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Support Grows For Modifying Calif. Environment Law

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.


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State Bill Would Stop Lawmakers’ Practice Of Ramming Through Bills Just Before Deadline

Two California lawmakers want to end the Legislature’s practice of jamming major bills through at the 11th hour.


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Bid To Close Calif. Corporate Tax Loophole Fails

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.


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Prop. 28 Would Give Lawmakers More Time In One House

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.



Calif. Lawmakers Close $9.6 Billion Budget Deficit

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.