The bills are designed help prevent tragedies such as the May shooting rampage near U.C. Santa Barbara.
California employers would be required to offer paid sick time to all workers under legislation that passed the state Assembly but was criticized by Republican lawmakers.
Juvenile offenders would have an easier time putting their pasts behind them under bills working their way through the Legislature.
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.
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.
A $687 million drought-relief plan is headed to the governor’s desk after winning overwhelming approval in both houses of the Legislature.
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 Sen. Roderick Wright be expelled or forced to resign.
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.
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.
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.